Masdar , Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Sharjah’s environment company ” Bee’ah ” – the Middle East’s leading award-winning fully integrated environment and waste management company – to develop the UAE’s waste to energy sector.
Masdar and Bee’ah are joining hands to co-develop Waste to Energy initiatives in Sharjah, the UAE and the region.. This partnership will help contributing to the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 which targets, among other goals, diverting waste from landfills by 75% by 2021.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, Minister of State of the UAE, Chairman of Masdar and H.E. Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah signed the agreement on the 20th of January at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah and Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar as well as members from Bee’ah ‘s senior management and Masdar ‘s management.
Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar , said: “When people think of sustainability they tend to focus on the water-energy-food nexus, but waste is a critical part of the equation. Dumping waste in landfills is not desirable, so finding innovative ways to release the embodied energy in waste is crucial if we are to address the sustainability challenges of increased urbanisation and consumerism.
Established in 2007, Bee’ah collects about 2.3 million tonnes of waste from nearly 1 million households in Sharjah each year while diverting 70% of its collected waste.
Chairman of Bee’ah , His Excellency Salim Al Owais noted the importance of the agreement by saying: “This high profile agreement with Masdar gives the green light for an innovative approach to environmental solutions and energy, and will radically improve our efforts to preserve the wonders of our natural habitat for tomorrow’s generation.