Swedish ex­perts share skills on en­ergy, waste man­age­ment with Egyp­tian coun­ter­parts

Treated house­hold waste in Swe­den amounted to 4,783m tonnes in 2017

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ha­gar Om­ran

The Swedish em­bassy in Cairo or­gan­ised a high-level ex­pert panel early this week to share ex­pe­ri­ences from Swe­den and Egypt on the topic of waste man­age­ment and en­ergy.The event was held in co­op­er­a­tion with the Egypt Na­tional Cleaner Pro­duc­tion Cen­tre, while the pan­el­lists’ list in­cluded ex­perts from academia, gov­ern­ment, multi­na­tional en­ter­prises and start-ups.

“In or­der to solve the chal­lenges of our time, we need to bring to­gether dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers with match­ing skills and vi­sions,” said the am­bas­sador of Swe­den to Egypt, Jan Th­esleff.

“Swe­den is proud of the triple helix model, a col­lab­o­ra­tive method through which academia, gov­ern­ment, and the pri­vate sec­tor work to­gether to cre­ate syn­er­gies, to solve var­i­ous so­ci­etal chal­lenges, in­clud­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to waste and en­ergy,” added the am­bas­sador.

The treated amount of house­hold waste amounted to 4.783m tonnes in 2017, which is a 2.5% in­crease com­pared with 2016, ac­cord­ing to Av­fall Sverige which is the Swedish Waste Man­age­ment re­cy­cling as­so­ci­a­tion.

In 2016 nearly 2.3m tonnes of house­hold waste in Swe­den was turned into en­ergy through burn­ing ,and the afore­men­tioned amount rep­re­sents around half of all house­hold waste in the coun­try, added Av­fall Sverige.

In 2015, Swe­den im­ported 2.3m tonnes of waste from, among oth­ers, Nor­way, the UK and Ire­land, men­tion­ing that Swe­den has been burn­ing waste for a long time, as the first in­cin­er­a­tion plant was set up in 1904, while to­day there are 32 plants, in­di­cated Av­fall Sverige.

Heavy metal emis­sions have been re­duced by 99% since 1985, even though Swe­den in­cin­er­ates three times more waste now, men­tioned Av­fall Sverige.

More­over, Egypt and Swe­den are fac­ing sim­i­lar chal­lenges which is why both sides have ex­pe­ri­ences to share, said the am­bas­sador dur­ing his speech at this week’s event, as­sert­ing his coun­try’s goal to cre­ate a plat­form to fur­ther the dia­logue around such an im­por­tant is­sue that favours a more sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment, and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Egypt and Swe­den are both fully com­mit­ted to the SDGs and Agenda 2030,” noted the am­bas­sador.

Ahmed Gaber, pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing at the Cairo Uni­ver­sity and chair­man of Che­monus Egypt Con­sult­ing, par­tic­i­pated in the event with Yasser Sherif, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­ics, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cairo Uni­ver­sity, Ain Shams Uni­ver­sity, KTH Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Stock­holm, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Swedish com­pa­nies ABB, IKEA, Bo­son En­ergy and Sweco En­vi­ron­men­tal.

The em­bassy’s event was held on the eve of the Sec­ond In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on New Trends in Sus­tain­able En­ergy ,hosted by Pharos Uni­ver­sity in Alexan­dria, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Swe­den’s KTH Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, which be­gan on Mon­day, and is sched­uled to be con­cluded on Wed­nes­day.

The two uni­ver­si­ties have a longterm part­ner­ship which brings Swedish qual­ity en­gi­neer­ing and science ed­u­ca­tion to Egypt, and is a solid plat­form for aca­demic ex­change. Each year sev­eral dozen post-grad­u­ate stu­dents are en­rolled at the KTH Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

EGYPT AND SWE­DEN FACE SIM­I­LAR CHAL­LENGES. BOTH SIDES HAVE EX­PE­RI­ENCES TO SHARE, SAID THE AM­BAS­SADOR, AS­SERT­ING HIS COUN­TRY’S GOAL TO FUR­THER THE DIA­LOGUE AROUND SUCH AN IM­POR­TANT IS­SUE FAVOUR­ING A MORE SUS­TAIN­ABLE EN­VI­RON­MENT

Am­bas­sador of Swe­den to Egypt, Jan Th­esleff, de­liv­er­ing his speech

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