Oman Environmental Services Holding Company S.A.O.C "be'’ah" recently organized a discussion workshop session to discuss its options, business opportunities and future strategies to implement Zero Emission as a guiding philosophy to turn Oman waste management into a resource management closing material loops and harmonising environmental protection with economic promotion.
The workshop was carried out by a well-known German think tank, the Institute for applied Material Flow Management (IfaS). IfaS is a non-profit research institute located in one of Europe’s´ greenest university campuses, the Environmental Campus in Birkenfeld. IfaS is actively engaged in coaching and supporting innovative projects and policy designs in various fields of Circular Economy using the German tool set of “Regional Material Flow Management”. Circular Economy is economic promotion concept decoupling the economic growth from resource consumptions by closing material loops by re-use, recovery and recycling actions but also by combining latest state-of-art technologies with new management strategies.
In interactive session be'´ah discussed with Prof. Dr. Peter Heck, managing director of IfaS, and its team, the transferability and adaption of these management strategies towards the situation of Oman. The idea behind of the workshop is to learn more about German´s current state-of-art waste management technologies, management approaches and policy frameworks and learn from its historical development to leapfrog their development and fulfilling be'’ah’s mandate to conserve the environment of Oman by providing waste management services as per international standards.
Prof. Heck discussed and compared the current situation in Oman and Germany and said: "Oman has a fascinating potentials to become a true Circular Economy by utilising its waste in a modern resource economy. It will be part of an economic transition towards a green Oman. Oman is benefitting from its ability to learn from our mistakes in the last 4 decades and immediately build upon the best available technologies in the market. By doing so it could capitalise the intrinsic values of its waste streams. For example the municipal solid waste offers various business opportunities: the dry faction such as paper, plastic, glass and other form a major income stream for a recycling industry. The organic residues could be turned into biogas to power fleets and into new soil for agriculture. The remaining parts could be transferred into a secondary fuel for the industry or the water production. So, I would not be astonished to read that Oman is one of the first Zero Emission countries in the world having no-waste at all
The workshop finished with a “Future Workshop”. The idea and method behind is that all be'´ah executives board a journey to the future and “celebrated” that be´'ah had achieved their mandate ahead of time. Without questioning the achievements, the executives of be´'ah and external stakeholders, will discuss how they have achieved the goals and the major challenges in order to develop a roadmap including all important aspects and opinions.
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company S.A.O.C “be'’ah” was established in 2007. In 2009, Royal Decree No. 46/2009, granted be’ah the mandate and the legal status as the entity responsible for solid waste management in the Sultanate of Oman. be’'ah strives towards a vision to conserve the environment of a beautiful Oman for future generations. be’'ah’s main objectives are to control environmental damage incurred during traditional waste dumping processes; structure the waste sector and its related services in a sustainable manner; develop the industry; and support the economy.