The event was held as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) in January 2017. The event that showcases the latest practices, solutions and technologies in the waste management sector, attracted over 48 local, regional and global exhibiting companies. During his tour of the exhibition, H.E. Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Tadweer - Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi said, “Tadweer’s ultimate objective is to showcase Abu Dhabi as the global capital of future energy and a leading destination for sustainability.
Today we are successfully attracting a substantial number of local, regional and international organisations specialised in waste management and recycling; this is a testament to the tremendous efforts Tadweer is making to maintain a healthy sustainable environment, which comes in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi.” The Waste Management Solutions Forum was held as part of EcoWaste 2017, with the participation of key decision makers and experts in waste management.
Many important topics were discussed on waste management including, The Finnish waste management experience, strategies for successful waste management in the Middle East and North Africa, sustainable waste tyres management, segregating waste at source, managing medical waste, turning used oil into a biofuel, strategies for developing waste-to-energy facilities, delivering sustainable hotel waste strategies and reducing construction and demolition landfill waste. During his opening speech, H.E. Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Tadweer (Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi) said: “Tadweer has developed a master plan for integrated waste management that aims to reduce the waste that goes to landfills by 85%, through the development of diverse and integrated recycling strategies.
This plan comes in line with the UAE vision, and part of Tadweer’s strategic role in waste management services entailing the adoption of safe, efficient and economic practices across Abu Dhabi.” “The implementation of this plan comes at the forefront of the Abu Dhabi’s national waste policy main pillars. Several primarily objectives have been identified to develop this plan, covering the social and demographic aspects, rates of current and future waste generation, the legislative framework, infrastructure and the cost of development and different technological options for waste treatment,” he added. Various topics on waste management were discussed including;
- The Finnish waste management experience, strategies for successful waste management in the Middle East and North Africa and showcasing the municipalities plans and interests towards waste management in a more efficient way to maintain a sustainable environment and the private sector’s role in supporting these strategies.
- Sustainable waste tyres management since unwanted tyres could be harmful for the environment especially that they’re non-biodegradable.
- The topic of segregating waste at source was also discussed to make the public aware of the importance of waste segregation. In addition to that, there was a discussion on issues related to medical waste and managing it in a safe and sustainable manner.
- There was a presentation on turning used oil into a biofuel and panel discussions on plans for developing waste-to-energy; strategies for reducing landfill waste, as well as sustainable hotel waste management and strategies related to reducing construction and demolition (C&D) waste.
Al Qubaisi highlighted the importance of such forums in offering a great discussion and knowledge exchange platform with key decision makers and experts in waste management and various municipalities from the Middle East and North Africa. EcoWaste was held alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit (IWS) from 16-19 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, UAE.