The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and The Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi (CWM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a 100MW waste-to-energy facility in Abu Dhabi by 2015 and 2016.

The facility will be able to process and convert up to one million tonnes of municipal solid waste and generate power.

It will also contribute towards achieving CWM’s stated target of 80% diversion of waste from landfill under the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 objectives.

The Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi chairman, Mohammed Al Bawardi, said keeping up with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 requires the efforts of various departments and national institutions to develop in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.

"In signing this agreement, we at the Centre of Waste Management see cooperation with TAQA as the mainstay of a sustainable waste management strategy, focusing on our goal of 80% diversion of waste from landfill," said Bawardi.

TAQA board of directors chairman, Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, said a strategic partnership between the two entities to divert waste from landfill and create a long-term source of energy is a major step forward in Abu Dhabi’s vision for a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

"We see this as the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, with more to follow, utilising waste as a resource and working as a team to provide employment and technological advancement in the region," Al Suwaidi said.