New commercial-scale waste-to-energy plant fired up in the UAE

The facility in Sharjah will divert around 300k tonnes of waste from landfill every year while producing 30MW of low carbon electricity

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A new energy recovery facility, believed to be the first commercial-scale plant of its kind in the Middle East, has been commissioned in the UAE.

The Sharjah Waste to Energy Plant will divert around 300,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year while producing 30MW of low carbon electricity.

The project, which also has systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce water consumption, will also help reduce nearly 450,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, supporting the UAE’s goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The project has been developed by the Emirates Waste to Energy company, a joint venture between BEEAH and Masdar.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of Masdar said: “The deployment of the first commercial scale waste to energy plant in the Middle East represents a landmark achievement in the UAE’s sustainable economic growth trajectory.

“By turning waste into energy, this new plant exemplifies the economic benefits of sustainable energy production and a low carbon development pathway. The use of this technology reduces waste and landfill use, creates valuable low carbon energy and introduces a new sustainable industry to our region.

“Today’s event marks a key milestone in the UAE’s sustainable development and demonstrates the economic impact of the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

“This is the type of practical innovation that the UAE is keen to promote along with domestic and international partners in support of commercially viable climate solutions, in particular as the nation prepares to host COP28 next year.”