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    UAE’s Strategy to Produce Energy from Non-Recyclable Waste

    The UAE is the first Gulf country to integrate waste-to-energy strategy to reduce its dependence on gas to 90% for electricity production.

    07 Nov 2021

    Rabat – As calls for action to reduce food loss and waste are rising across the globe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is aiming to use non-recyclable waste to reduce its dependence on natural gas.

    The UAE is known for its very high electricity consumption per capita relative to international standards. The Emiratis are now building four waste incinerators across the country and integrating a waste recovery policy into its energy mix to contribute to minimizing pollution and boosting energy.

    waste-to-energy plants use combustion technology to burn waste and generate steam, electricity, and hot water.

    The waste incinerators intend to enable the UAE to become less dependent on natural gas to produce electricity, get rid of solid waste and operate the country’s power plants for an investment of more than €1 billion.

    As the first Gulf country to introduce a waste-to-energy strategy, it is estimated that the UAE will be able to reduce its dependence on gas to 90% for electricity production.

    According to the Internationl Energy Agency, the UAE’s electricity consumption has increased five-fold in the last three decades, reaching 750% in recent years.

    The UAE is also one of the countries that produces the highest amount of waste per person in the world. Estimates indicate that Emirati citizens produce 1.8 kg of waste per day for each person, compared to a global average of 0.74 kg.

    As for waste in Morocco, it accumulates to approximately 91 kilograms of food per capita, per year, according to the estimates by the UN Environment program.

    Solid waste in the North African country represents a threat to the country’s environment. With the lack of waste incinerators in Morocco, it is common to see trash burning to dispose of solid waste. Thus, such unsustainable manners and the lack of a good waste management infrastructure is likely to further create major global warming and health issues.


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