How China is turning up the heat on waste


As the world is shifting toward adopting sustainable and effective methods to tackling the global waste crisis, innovative designs and forward thinking developments are being made within the waste-to-energy sector in China.

Waste generation rates are rising globally. According to World Bank figures, in 2016 the world’s cities generated 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste, amounting to a footprint of 0.74 kilograms per person per day. With rapid population growth and urbanisation, annual waste generation is expected to increase by 70% from 2016 levels to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has labelled China the world’s largest trash generator and by 2030 its volume of waste is projected to be double America’s volume of municipal solid waste. While Chinese authorities are planning more incinerators for waste disposal, much of the country’s waste still ends up in landfills, rivers or oceans. This situation places China in a prime position to innovate waste solutions.

In order to meet its waste management targets, China must ensure efficient and cost effective waste management. Operating this essential municipal service requires integrated systems that are efficient, sustainable, and socially supported. In many ways, waste-to-energy provides the answer with its dual-purpose technology, ridding urban areas of their growing waste, while generating electricity as a by-product.

This article was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020. Read the full article here.