The workshop titled “The Waste Treatment Workshop for the
Saudi Vision 2030” was hosted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and
coorganized by the ministry and Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East
(JCCME). It was one of the initiatives under the Saudi–Japan Vision 2030.
The purpose of the workshop is to transfer Japanese know-how
on waste management for densely populated city and introduce its technologies
for waste treatment which potentially contributes to the Saudi Vision 2030. The
focused areas were municipality’s waste management, and treatment of
Municipality Solid Waste (MSW), Industrial Waste (including medical waste), and
various kinds of sludges. It was also discussed that how the wastes could be
converted into energy, how variables could be recovered, and how the wastes
could be recycled.
Presenters from Japan were, Clean Authority of Tokyo,
Hitachi Zosen Inova, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JFE Engineering, and DOWA
Eco-System Japan. From the Saudi side the participants were, Ministry of
Economy and Planning, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources,
Public Investment Fund, General Authority for Metrology and Environment, MODON,
Arriyadh Development Authority, Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu, and
To initiate the workshop, Katsutoshi Ishikawa, counselor,
Embassy of Japan, delivered his opening remarks by referring to Japanese
culture for waste treatment. Following the remarks, Ministry of Economy and
Planning presented its awareness of current situation of waste generation as a
growing problem in Saudi Arabia and its measures to tackle the issue at
Following above presentation, Clean Authority of Tokyo
explained its method and experience as “Tokyo Model” from administrative point
of view to manage MSW generated from 9 million dense population and emphasized
important role of public sector.
From the private sector, Hitachi Zosen Innova introduced its
concept “Energy from Waste — Sustainable Energy” how its technology protects
habitat for human development and transforms waste into not only electricity,
but also drinking water.
Heavy Industries (MHI) showcased its experiences and
solutions for “Waste to Energy”, in the field of MSW, Industrial Waste, Sewage
Sludge, and Biomass. The company also introduced Public Leadership Style and
Private Leadership Style based on their experience in and outside of Japan to
provide their solutions.
JFE Engineering presented its concept of “Optimum Solutions
for Waste Treatment” for various kinds of waste to recycle, to generate
electricity, and to produce gas fuel and solid fuel through their own
integrated approach. The company also introduced its oily sludge separation
system, which can recover oil from the sludge.
Lastly, DOWA Eco-System Japan presented its core business
based on the concept of “Creation of recycle – oriented society”, which is
represented by their activities, such as Waste Treatment (including hazardous
waste and medical waste), Soil & Groundwater Remediation, and Metal
Recycling by making use of their experience in mining business. The company
enjoys its know-how to extract variables from fly ash, e-waste etc.
Japan Cooperation for the Middle East (JCCME) is a
non-profit organization authorized and supported by Japanese government since
1973. Their main mission is to promote investment from Japan, support human
resource development and SMEs development. JCCME is one of the enablers under
the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030. — SG