The United Arab Emirates are embarking on the recovery of non-recyclable waste to reduce their dependence on natural gas. Four garbage incinerators should see the light of day in the country.
At a time when the United Arab Emirates are one of the countries where electricity consumption per person is one of the highest in the world, the country has integrated a policy of waste recovery into its energy mix.
Electricity consumption in the Emirates has increased fivefold over the past 30 years, reaching an increase of 750%, according to the International Energy Agency.
This strategy will allow the country to kill two birds with one stone, as it can reduce its dependence on natural gas to generate electricity and can get rid of the garbage problem as well.
The first Gulf country to integrate energy recovery from waste, it will be able to reduce its dependence on gas estimated at 90% for electricity production. Four incinerators will be built to operate its power plants for an investment of more than one billion euros.
The Emirates are one of the countries where the production of waste per person is the highest in the world with 1.8 kg per day for each person against a world average of 0.74 kg.
In the emirate of Dubai alone, 6 landfills exist reaching 1.6 million square meters which are set to increase more than 3.5 times in the next 20 years.
Globally, the global production of solid waste reaches 2.01 billion tonnes per year according to the estimates of the World Bank report, “What a Waste 2.0”.