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[Ambassador report] Free report July 2021 - Burning waste in the UAE

by Aaditya Singh | 01-08-2021 05:15 Comments 4 recommendations 0



Waste Management by Burning waste in UAE

Waste management is an environmental issue that a number of countries have difficulty dealing with efficiently. The United Arab Emirates has taken the initiative to build one of the world’s largest waste to energy plants. This is to combat the growing trash load in industrial areas and landfills.

This 1.1 billion dollar facility will be tasked with burning garbage to generate power. This project goes side by side 3 other smaller plants in the Emirates of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Taking all these operations into account, the UAE is estimated to incinerate almost two thirds of the household waste currently being produced.

However, this process of converting waste to energy produces GHG emissions. Therefore, it is usually only considered suitable for the disposal of final remnants of trash after all the materials that can be recycled have been extracted. This seems counter productive to the UAE’s goal to net out GHG emissions by 2050. Despite the negative effects of the process, there is little that the Gulf region can do to stop the giant landfills on the outskirts of the desert from piling up. While there are a number of facilities for sorting waste, there are few that deal with recycling and upcycling waste. While these new endeavors can have negative effects in the future, the UAE government is confident in its ability to make the process greener and cleaner in the coming years.

The chief executive of Bee’ah, the company managing the waste in Sharjah mentioned that this plan is still in the works. The country has started from scratch to develop this concept and is continuing to work on refining the idea to minimize the harmful aspects of the same.


Having lived in UAE for the first thirteen years of my life, and still holding residence there, I am a regular visitor to Dubai. I am witness to the dedication of UAE and the leadership of the country towards a green and sustainable future. I am eagerly waiting for the outcome of this project to see how waste management is managed effectively by burning waste to generate power with minimal GHG emission.


References

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-29/uae-to-burn-mountains-of-trash-as-china-stops-importing-waste












4 Comments

Yuseon Mentor

  • Yuseon Mentor says :
    Hi Aaditya,

    This is your mentor Yuseon:D

    It is quite an irony that UAE, one of the countries with the largest fossil fuels
    are now trying to compesate the affects by doing such waste managing.
    It is good that they have both large land, and enough money to run such business.
    If things go well, it might be even possible for them to get money by managing
    waste from other countries, too!

    Thanks for sharing this issue:)
    Posted 15-08-2021 21:37

Paras Kunwar

  • Paras Kunwar says :
    Thanks for the report
    Posted 09-08-2021 15:36

Debbie Mentor

  • Debbie Mentor says :
    Dear Aaditya,

    This is your mentor Debbie. :)
    It's great that you are in fact witnessing the change going on in UAE. It seems like the efforts are pulled off! :D I am also excited to see how the outcome will be regarding waste management. Please update on us when relevant information is available :)

    Green Cheers,
    Debbie
    Posted 09-08-2021 00:44

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hi Aaditya.
    I am glad to know that UAE government and the leadership of the country is dedicated towards a green and sustainable future.
    Thank you for your wonderful report.

    I want to give you a kind reminder to fill this form which will take just a minute so that we can get connected in the coming days too.

    Form link : http://forms.gle/G2Qa9iXjhDXxcWcr9

    Yours,
    Meena

    GREEN CHEERS

    Posted 01-08-2021 10:59

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