Waste To Energy In The Middle East – A Burning Issue?
In 2012, the gross urban waste generation quantity from Middle Eastern countries crossed 150 million metric tonnes per annum, and five Arab nations: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait now rank in the top ten in terms of per capita solid waste generation worldwide.
Waste-to-Energy (WtE) projects – that create energy in the form of electricity or heat usually from the incineration of waste sources – could be the saving grace for the worst waste offenders in the MENA region, but there are several reasons why the path towards region-wide WtE is not as straightforward as it should be.
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