#Energy: 5 Reasons Why Waste-to-Energy Programmes are Key in the Sustainable Circular Economy


Its just old, smelly waste right? NO!

The global drive towards resource efficiency through enterprise development and innovation has become critical as countries find themselves challenged by resource scarcity concerns, while focusing on socio-economic and environmental pursuits. It is with this approach that the ability to transform everyday waste into energy is proving to be vital.

Here are 5 reasons why nations need to embrace waste-to-energy (WTE) programmes:

  1. Advanced waste-to-energy (WTE) programmes offer municipalities and their communities’ new opportunities to create value from often overlooked sources.
  2. The added bonus of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting methane production in landfills has also spurred increased interest in WTE deployment in African countries
  3. According to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Resources 2016 report, the global WTE market is expected to grow into a $36bn industry by 2020.
  4. WTE can also be critical to providing power in countries with underdeveloped energy systems, particularly in urban areas with mounting demand
  5. With the production of waste projected to hit 11-million tonnes per day globally, sub-Saharan Africa has been identified as one of the regions where WTE applications can be most beneficial due to projected population and economic growth, according to the World Energy Council.

Future of WTE

WTE projects convert waste sustainably and are ideal power solutions to address population growth across Africa.  In the bigger scheme of things, WTE has come a long way in alleviating waste management challenges while providing sustainable energy to meet emerging socio-economic and environmental demands and is only expecting to advance further.


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