Dubai Municipality partners for sustainable aviation fuel production with global firmsTue 13 Feb 2024
Dubai: Dubai Municipality, alongside N.V.Besix S.A., Marubeni Middle East and Africa Power Limited (MAMEA), and ENOC Marketing, inked a pivotal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the World Governments Summit 2024. The agreement, endorsed by notable figures like H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Abdulla Al Basti, aims to revolutionize waste management practices in Dubai.
Through cutting-edge technologies, the project outlined in the MoU intends to convert mixed solid municipal waste, organic waste, and green hydrogen derived from sewage treatment processes into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This initiative aligns with the UAE’s sustainability policies, emphasizing environmental protection, resource conservation, and combating climate change.
Signatories, including Dawoud Al Hajri, Saif Al Falasi, Pierre Lembrechts, and Wataru Ikushima, underscored the significance of this collaboration in advancing national objectives. Al Hajri emphasized the role of this initiative in achieving UAE’s carbon removal goals and enhancing the country’s position as a hub for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. He also highlighted its contribution to Dubai’s waste management operations, aligning with strategic targets for sustainability.
Al Falasi reiterated ENOC’s commitment to producing SAF locally, aiming to supply 1% of fuel to national airlines by 2031. Lembrechts emphasized BESIX’s dedication to sustainable solutions, while Ikushima highlighted Marubeni’s focus on green business initiatives.
The MoU mandates Dubai Municipality to provide a specific amount of municipal solid waste daily, including organic waste and green hydrogen. This collaboration reflects Dubai’s commitment to comprehensive waste management solutions and sustainable development.
The World Governments Summit 2024, hosting over 4,000 participants and 200 speakers from international organizations, serves as a platform for strategic discussions and launches numerous reports on vital sectors.