Experts call for converting waste into energy to reduce power bill

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AMMAN — Energy and environment experts argued that converting waste into renewable energy could reduce Jordan’s high power bill, and protect the environment.اضافة اعلان

The call followed a successful move by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) in converting solid waste into energy, which it said had cut down its electricity bill by nearly 45 percent.

“The conversion of solid waste to energy in various regions of the capital greatly saved the energy bill for the municipality”, GAM’s spokesman Nasser Al-Rahamneh told Jordan News.

Chairman of the Jordan Environmental Union Omar Shoshan said that waste “accumulates quickly, and poses an environmental threat, if it is not treated properly”.

“The best solution lies in converting waste into energy, especially since it has become an effective source of energy supply,” he told Jordan News.

He said: “This must be implemented in some governorates and regions, especially those hosting refugees, so that it will reduce the energy bill on the municipalities hosting those communities.”

Shoshan said it was necessary to maintain stable legislation and regulations regulating alternative energy, “especially since new laws are legislated every two years, revoking the older ones”.

Environment expert Susan Al-Kilani said that Jordan should follow the footsteps of developed countries, such as Germany, to achieve zero waste. “These countries recycle anything they can,” she told Jordan News.

She noted that waste constitutes a huge burden on landfills, and the environment at the same time. “Therefore, converting it into energy will be beneficial to the environment, in addition to it being a money saver,” she explained.

She stressed the importance of coordination and cooperation between the various official bodies to utilize renewable energy to the maximum.

Despite repeated calls and successful trials using renewable energy, electric energy is still at the forefront of energy forms consumers use mostly.

According to recent data issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the per capita consumption of energy increased from 778kg in 2020 to 789kg last year, and electricity from 1.703kWh to 1.746kWh, while the percentage of the population supplied with electricity reached 99.9 percent.

Assistant Secretary-General for Energy Affairs at the ministry of energy Hassan Al-Hiyari said that despite the high per capita consumption of electric energy, the “use of renewable energy continued to rise as well”.

Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Hussein Labboun said that Jordan witnessed a “remarkable transformations in recent years in the usage of primary, or renewable energy”.

But despite that, the consumption of electric energy in the Kingdom “has witnessed a growth” nationwide, and at a global level, he said.

“The reasons are due to the natural growth in consumption as a result of the increase in the population, in addition to receiving refugees from brotherly countries,” Labboun told Jordan News.

Other factors, he added, include urban expansion, the reopening of economic sectors after the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increase in the individual requirements for electric energy.

He said that technological development, rising standards of living, and the use of modern electrical appliances also contributed to the higher usage and increased demand for energy.

“Climate change, and a marked decrease or rise in temperatures in the winter and summer seasons sparked an increase in the use of air conditioners and heating, and contributed to a rise in demand for electric energy,” Labboun said.

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