First sustainable waste management summit in Dubai
Topics such as waste regulation and project finance to be discussed
The first sustainable waste management summit to take place in the Middle East will be held in Dubai in November.
The Sustainable Waste Management Middle East Summit in Dubai, UAE will attract experts from the industry to discuss a range of topis such as waste policy, regulation, feedstock supply, project finance, commercial models and advanced waste-to-energy technologies.
Tracy Clark, managing director of the event's organiser, CWC Group, said: "By next year, nearly 50m people will live in the GCC's six member states. As many cities across the region see populations rapidly grow, effective waste management solutions are becoming an increasingly vital concern.
"It is essential for regional governments to implement sustainable waste management practices in order to safeguard economic development and protect the environment."
She added: "Our goal with the summit is to develop new models for effectively managing waste across the region, in a way that is both commercially viable and environmentally sustainable.
"The UAE is a pioneer in this field and we are honoured to welcome some of the country's key decision makers in this field to participate in the summit. Dubai, for example, will see its population double over the next ten years, and the Dubai Municipality is preparing to launch its Integrated Waste Management Master Plan - an innovative waste management system set to eliminate landfilling over the next 20 years by promoting recycling and using waste to generate power."
Speakers at the event will include HE Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, the UAE's Minister of Environment & Water and Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of the Dubai Municipality. Day two of the summit will focus on developing policy frameworks for using waste to produce energy, and the viability of new technologies - such as plasma arc gasification and anaerobic digestion.
Clark said the summit will also explore commercial and project finance models while highlighting the latest waste management technologies.
Other speakers include: Vincent Chornet, president & CEO, Enerkem, Canada; Rolf Stein, CEO, Advanced Plasma Power, UK; Geoffrey Piggott, project director, Keppel Seghers, Qatar; Dolan Hinch, head of energy & infrastructure, Middle East & Africa, Deutsche Bank, UAE; Masamitsu Takahashi, deputy general manager, Technical Research Centre, Kobelco Eco-Solutions, Japan.
The event will be held from 26-28 November, 2012 in Dubai. It has been organised with the support of Rethink Events and the Ministry of Environment and Water,, Dubai Municipality, and under the Royal Patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.