The MoU aims at developing an integrated study to implement a waste-to-energy conversion facility to serve the Emirates of Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
Followed up by the UAE President's Initiatives Committee, the move is another important step in the country’s journey towards achieving sustainability in line with the vison of the UAE’s wise leadership.
Saif Mohammed Al Shara, Assistant Under-Secretary for the External Audit Sector at MOCCAE, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee'ah, signed the MoU in the presence of Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Speaking on the occasion, Al Shara said, "The signing of this MoU comes as result of the keenness of the ministry to strengthen the existing strategic partnership with the concerned authorities in order to deal with the increasing developmental challenges and their management in a sustainable way. It also aims to achieve the National Agenda targets under the UAE Vision 2021."
He pointed out that the development of an integrated study for the implementation of Ras al-Khaimah's waste-to-energy conversion facility will serve it and Fujairah, and provide an integrated, sustainable and ecofriendly solution for the disposal of municipal solid waste in the UAE.
Al Huraimel said, "With the economic growth that the UAE has enjoyed over the past years, it is necessary for us to pursue responsible energy stewardship and diversify the region’s renewable energy portfolio to achieve sustainability benchmarks set in the UAE Vision 2021. Optimising energy efficiency and maximising waste diversion from landfills, waste-to-energy projects hold great potential for the clean energy future of the UAE.
"Partnering with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Bee’ah and Masdar will exert cumulative efforts, through the Emirates Waste to Energy Company, to study and develop waste-to-energy facilities in the Northern Emirates, while promoting the UAE’s overarching goal of diverting 75 percent of its municipal solid waste away from landfill by 2021," said Al Ramahi.
Under the terms of the agreement, the ministry will provide sole rights to Masdar and Bee’ah to implement and accomplish the required services for the preparation of an integrated study to develop and execute a multi-fuel commercial and traditional facility to convert waste into energy in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. A steering committee will be formed to discuss and take decisions with regard to the project study.