RDF Impact

Landfill RDF Refuse Derived Fuel

Discover Why
Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)
Drives the Future

Refuse Derived Fuel is a renewable energy source that helps divert waste away from landfills. Non-biodegradable and non-recyclable waste that sit in waste dumps for years, can now be converted into a clean, sustainable and renewable source of energy.

Sourcing Energy from Waste

Today, Refuse Derived Fuel or RDF, has become an important strategy towards integrated waste management, that uses non-organic, non-recyclable parts of waste to convert it into useful CO2-neutral energy source, specifically catering to the cement industry, providing them an alternative clean fuel source.

Global Impact

Increasing Importance of RDF

Alternative Fuel Source

UAE has taken the lead in the Middle East to establish the production of alternative energy sources to fuel the cement plants in the country. Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) is one such source of alternative energy for the high-energy guzzling cement kilns.

The utilization of RDF delivers a compelling multi-pronged impact on society and the environment:

  • Eliminate municipal & commercial waste, sitting in landfills
  • Convert non-recyclable waste into renewable forms of energy
  • Provide low-cost & clean energy source to high-energy consuming cement kilns
  • Reduce CO2 emission, strengthening sustainability in the environment.

Emirates RDF is the First Refuse Derived Fuel plant in the region producing high-quality alternative fuel for factories that will handle over 1,000 tonnes of waste from the emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, enabling UAE to divert over 80 percent of household waste from the landfill. “This will be a huge boost to our environment conservation efforts,” said Nicolaas de Koning, general manager, Emirates RDF.


Emirates RDF – Forging New Paths

Strategically located in Northern UAE, Emirates RDF treates waste coming from the emirates of Ajman and Umm Al Quwain, contributing to the U.A.E’s strategic objective of landfill diversion of least 75% by 2021 and it helps cement plants in decreasing their use of fossil fuels.

Emirates RDF, a partnership between water treatment expert Besix, Finnish group Griffin Refineries and Ajman-based Tech Group Eco, starts production of alternative fuel, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), at the company’s facility in Umm Al Quwain UAE.

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