- Session draws on experiences of leading experts to highlight the Waste to Energy Matrix
“The concept of Waste-to-Energy is a fast growing and important concept which involves the generation of energy in the form of heat or electricity from waste. It is an emerging innovative set of technologies aimed at better sustenance of the environment, with minimum damage to the ecosystems. With these technologies developing by day and their acceptance increasing amongst households and industrial set-ups worldwide, waste to energy will soon be and should become one of the common development tools for a sustainable nation” said Mrs Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Chairperson EEG at the recently held Panel discussion.
The panel discussion on ‘Waste to Energy: Future of Power was held in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Emirates Green Building Council and the Clean Energy Business Council. The session was hosted by Four Points by Sheraton on the 18th of April 2017. The aim of the event was to share insights, experiences and recommendations on how to ensure successful and sustainable waste to energy projects and mobilise commitment from various sectors.
The panel was opened by Mrs Al Mar’ashi, who said: “In order to achieve effective recycling and avoid landfilling of waste, education and infrastructure are needed to implement waste separation at source. The Society and industry need to be educated, and given the infrastructure to segregate at source.”
The session included experts from various establishments such as the Ministry of Energy, Dubai Municipality, The Neutral Group and companies implementing Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC.
The presentation from Dubai Municipality and the Ministry focused on the need for this technology within the Country and at a national level. The speakers also shared valuable insights on the mandates and regulations put in place for such projects.
The speaker from established Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability spoke about their flagship project, Al Qusais landfill which is under the jurisdiction of Dubai Municipality, and is currently the only landfill in the Middle East to produce power from landfill gas. She shared that their goal is not to create more landfills but to optimise the existing ones and create a source of power for the long term. GESS supports the vision of Dubai Municipality to create a sustainable future and better life for the citizens of Dubai
The Neutral Group discussed the essential steps to designing a sustainable waste to energy project, some common mistakes, and some case studies showing how much money can really be saved and made by going green.
EEG a renowned and established organisation within the region is best known for its range of community engagement activities and for facilitating action programmes for building awareness and creating a culture of sustainable behaviour. Through such panel discussions EEG provides a platform to expert business and government leaders and influential academics and researchers, to share their knowledge and findings with the community at large and the latest ground-breaking technologies, solutions and future plans to promote an informed sustainable society.
The session saw participants ranging from a number of sectors and industries, including: Oil and gas, aviation, facilities management, catering, consultancy, education, food and packaging, trading and several others.
Mrs. Al Mar’ashi moderated the event and thanked the speakers and the audience for their active participation, interest and contributions. She aptly summarized the core of developing a sustainable Waste to Energy project as being knowledge, understanding and responsible behavior from all stakeholders and the society at large.