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Waste-to-energy project cut GAM power costs by 45%

The Greater Amman Municipality building in Amman. (Photo: Petra)
(Photo: Jordan News)

AMMAN — Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Mayor Yousef Shawarbeh announced that the municipality reduced its electricity bill by 40 to 45 percent thanks to a 2019 project that converted the city’s waste into energy, reported the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

During a discussion titled “Amman’s environmental strategy” on Monday, Shawarbeh said that municipality environmental initiatives would include not only green and urban spaces but also waste management, transportation, planning, and programming.

GAM, he said, had switched to LED street lighting to cut emissions and conserve electricity.

He added that GAM is employing a new strategy for managing waste in the city through a fully municipality-owned waste management establishment. The establishment will begin sorting waste at the source before collecting, transporting, recycling, and converting it to energy sources.

He also said that 13 new public parks will be built in the capital as part of GAM’s 2022–2026 strategy, and another 12 parks will be renovated.

Ninety percent of air pollution in Amman is caused by traffic and transportation, he said, adding that 15 electric buses will hit the capital’s streets early next month, and 136 new buses will enter service before the end of the current year.

Shawarbeh also revealed that GAM is planning to submit a tender to roll out a camera-based traffic management system to reduce parking and traffic light violations, littering, and other major traffic infractions.

The Cultural Forum at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation sponsored the discussion in cooperation with the Arab Forum for Environment and Development.

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