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The eighth edition of EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum kicks off tomorrow under the slogan “exploring future opportunities for waste management to achieve a circular economy”. EcoWASTE 2022 will be held as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and organised with the strategic partnership of the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer). The Exhibition will be open until 19 January at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) across 1100 square metres, with the participation of more than 35 local, regional, and international companies, 12 of them participating for the first time.

As a strategic partner in the exhibition, the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has invited all companies and specialists to visit the Exhibition to learn about the latest technologies in the field of waste management. During the Exhibition, they will get to see the most prominent projects that the Center is working on based on its pivotal role in achieving the objectives of the UAE’s circular economy policy by adopting new, more advanced, and effective mechanisms in the field of waste collection, transportation, and treatment.

His Excellency Dr. Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of Tadweer, said: “EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum is an important event in terms of strengthening joint efforts for confronting the challenges of sustainable waste management. The Exhibition provides a comprehensive platform for participants to exchange expertise and learn about the latest developments in waste recycling technology, in addition to providing opportunities to improve cooperation among various sides to move in calculated steps towards sustainable economic development.

“Waste management and treatment is one of the most common challenges facing the countries of the world, including the UAE, due to the constant growth in the economy and the population. This requires taking pre-emptive steps and innovative strategies to confront these challenges by employing the latest technologies to turn waste from an environmental burden into energy and products that could be used in various sectors and contribute to the national economy. With our participation in the event, we will shed light on the Center’s role in achieving a sustainable future for the UAE and realise its ambitions for transitioning to a circular economy,” His Excellency added.

His Excellency Dr. Salem Al Kaabi will participate in various panel discussions, which centre on managing food waste, managing medical waste during the pandemic, and circular economy, across the three days of the EcoWASTE 2022 Exhibition and Forum.

EcoWASTE Exhibition will host the Waste Management Solutions Forum, scheduled to be held on 17 January, The keynote speech will be delivered by His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, in which he will focus on the importance of the event and the desired results. His Excellency will also review the UAE’s experience in transitioning to a circular economy, and the importance of strengthening public-private partnerships to keep pace with the accelerating challenges facing the waste management sector. The Forum’s programme includes a series of panels with the participation of a group of industry leaders and company representatives on topics of great importance. These topics include: circular economy; rethinking product manufacturing and packaging strategies; circular economy; enhancing employment opportunities through B Corp certifications; how to use technology to design waste management services; the future of waste management; landfill reduction strategies; the importance of applying approved safety standards in waste management; and other topics.

On 17 January, the Forum will host a panel entitled “Circular economy: making waste economically and environmentally sustainable”. The panel will discuss revitalising the circular economy and providing commercial incentives that give real value to sustainable waste economically and environmentally. The second day of the Forum will include a speech by Eng. Mohammed Saeed Al Dehhi, Head of Collection and Transportation Projects Department at Tadweer.

On the final day of the Forum, His Excellency Dr. Salem Al Kaabi will participate in a panel on “Landfill reduction strategies” which will shed light on the steps needed to drive change in sustainable waste management. The opening speech of the final day will be delivered by Engineer Husain Ahmed Al Amoodi, Director of the Licensing, Tariff and Customer Service Department at Tadweer.

To emphasise the importance of applying safety standards in waste management, Dr. Hani Hossni, Director of the Environment, Health, and Safety Department at Tadweer, will give a presentation showcasing the Center’s expertise in this field, followed by another presentation entitled “transforming waste into biofuel” by Dr. Udayan Banerjee, Policies and Legislations Specialist at Tadweer.

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will be held from 15-19 January 2022, is a global platform hosted by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) with the goal of accelerating the pace of sustainable development.

Source: Four Communications