Industry leading waste management solutions and strategies in focus at EcoWASTE Exhibition 2018

Landfill compactorThe gross urban waste generation is reported to cross 150mn tonnes per annum across the Middle East region. (Image source: Ropable/Wikimedia Commons)With increasing volumes of waste generated across the region, effective strategies for turning waste to resource are imperative, and this will be driven through the use of advanced technologies

In the Middle East, the high rate of population growth, urbanisation and economic expansion is not only accelerating consumption rates but also increasing the generation rate of all sorts of waste as a result. With the gross urban waste generation reported to cross 150mn tonnes per annum across the region, local municipalities, including those in the UAE, are developing waste reduction and diversion strategies to minimise landfill stress. These strategies include plans to develop waste-to-energy facilities for incinerating waste and providing energy that can supplement a country’s electricity needs and diversify its energy mix, in addition to contributing to the UAE’s goal of diverting 75 per cent of waste away from landfills by 2021.

EcoWASTE Exhibition will be held for the fifth successive year in 2018 in Abu Dhabi, with a focus on advancing sustainable waste management and recycling across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

The forum will bring together businesses, policymakers, municipalities, innovators, and thought leaders at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 15-18 January 2018. The event is run in strategic partnership with Tadweer (The Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi), and hosted by Masdar as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

During the event, EcoWASTE Exhibition will host Waste Management Solutions Forum on 17 January 2018. The one-day forum aims to identify challenges and solutions around sustainable waste management. These include reducing the volumes of solid waste sent to landfills, the rise of waste-to-energy in the region, leveraging big data to better manage services, and new innovations and best practice strategies for sustainable waste management.

Abdulrahman Al Blooshi, strategic planning and policy director at Tadweer, said, “Today we are faced with growing populations and the emergence of new waste related challenges that did not exist a decade ago. Due to the rising volumes of waste, whether from homes, businesses, and industries, we must create innovative strategies to pioneer a new era in waste management, which will be enhanced by the benefits of private sector partnerships. Through our participation at EcoWASTE 2018, we will demonstrate how Tadweer is enabling a sustainable future for the UAE, and establish new benchmarks for waste management.”

Naji El Haddad, group event director at Reed Exhibitions, organisers of the EcoWASTE Exhibition, added, “EcoWASTE Exhibition is a thriving marketplace for the whole industry. It enables access to experts, global best practices, and the latest in waste management technologies, driving efficiencies at scale. The exhibition aims to bridge the gap between various stakeholders in the ecosystem, whilst enabling business opportunities and partnerships that will elevate sustainable economic growth in the region and create impact across geographies.”

The 2018 EcoWASTE Exhibition is expected to bring together more 6,900 visitors from 71 countries with strong exhibitor participation from across the MENA region. 

 

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