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Rethinking Waste Management

Emirates RDF - Refuse Derived Fuel Waste Management Facility UAE

When you hear the word ‘waste’, you think of a burden to our planet. It’s time to rethink the way waste is managed.

Since waste collection in Umm al Quwain, Ajman and all the Emirates is up to standards, there appears a staggering opportunity.

Refused Derived Fuel is a renewable energy source that ensures waste isn’t dumped in landfills. Waste becomes an affordable raw material that also reduces CO2 emissions.

Emirates RDF, the first of its kind Refuse Derived Fuel Treatment Facility in the GCC, based in Umm al Quwain UAE, is about to shape the future of this region’s sustainable energy.

From September 2020 the facility will receive 1000t of municipal waste per day from approximately 550,000 residents living in the Emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. The waste will be converted into RDF. It will be used as a fuel in cement factories instead of coal and will simultaneously result in a diversion of at least 90 per cent of household waste from landfill.

Nico de Koning, General Manager of Emirates RDF, said: “Emirates RDF contributes to the UAE’s strategic objective of landfill diversion of at least 75 per cent by 2021 and it helps cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.”

This opportunity was only achievable through the vision of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the financial support of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE and Emirates RDF, a joint-venture of U.A.E. based contractors BESIX and Tech Group along with Finland based Griffin Refineries.

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