Posted on January 17, 2014

The first edition of EcoWASTE, the dedicated waste management and recycling event in the Middle East, will gather the insights and practical experience of a host of leading companies, institutions and industry experts from January 20-22 in Abu Dhabi.

In partnership with TADWEER-CWM, and hosted by Masdar, EcoWASTE 2014 will address the region's urgent waste disposal challenges and recycling needs, and bring to the fore the multi-billion dollar business opportunities the waste management sector represents.

The inaugural event will organise a series of technical workshops and presentations from the exhibition floor on subjects spanning recycling, waste-to-energy and waste collection, with contributions from experts based as far afield as Finland and the UAE.

“Our first EcoWASTE sheds further light on the interrelated challenges of energy, water and waste,” said Naji El Haddad, EcoWASTE Show Director. “Through these sessions, attendees will not only network with more than 50 local and international suppliers as well as 2,000 buyers and professionals from across the waste management and recycling sector, they will also gain in-depth knowledge from technical experts at the forefront of sustainable waste management regionally and internationally.”

With several GCC states embarking on projects in waste-to-energy, the Swedish Waste Management Association will deliver its assessment of the potential to generate clean power from the substantial volumes of municipal solid waste currently dumped in desert landfills across the region. In Sweden, as much as 97% of all household waste is recycled or used to generate energy.

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Eric Lindström of Capital Cooling will present on waste heat as a power source for cooling, based on insights from his native Sweden and the GCC.

Also at EcoWASTE, Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers, will consider waste-to-energy solutions tailored for the industrial sector. Keppel Seghers designed and built the GCC’s first domestic solid waste management centre, or DSWMC, in Qatar, which diverts up to 95% of waste from landfill. The DSWMC comprises a state-of-the-art waste sorting and recycling facility, an engineered landfill, a composting plant, and a waste-to- energy incineration plant with a capacity of 1,500 metric tons per day.

With more than 10 million metric tons of municipal waste produced each year in Abu Dhabi alone, advances in waste collection technologies and services will be top of the agenda. EcoWASTE will host a seminar on automatic solid waste collections systems by Jari Enontekiö of Marimatic Oy.

“The GCC has the potential to become a leader in the waste-to-energy sector as the DSWMC in Qatar illustrates,” said Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers. “With Abu Dhabi aiming to divert 85% of its solid waste from landfill by 2018 and other states in the region following its lead, the technology and insights presented at EcoWASTE provide a pathway towards a genuine sustainable waste management future.”

EcoWASTE is co-located with the 7th annual World Future Energy Summit, the 2nd International Water Summit, and is also hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company.

The exhibition is a prominent feature of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, held from January 18-25, an annual platform on the inter-connected challenges impacting the widespread adoption of renewable energy and the acceleration of sustainable development.

EcoWASTE 2014’s technical workshops and presentations run on January 20-21 at TADWEER’s pavilion and are free to registered attendees and visitors.