As the world battles with the effects of climate change, the effects of global population growth and increased consumer demand for goods is creating a problem of where to put all of the waste we throw away every year. Landfills were always the historic solution, particularly for larger countries where space was in abundance. A landfill site was often also the cheapest option. However, as land and space become more valuable, alternative options to waste disposal have become a necessity.
Waste to Energy
With fossil fuels in finite supply, finding a solution that converts waste products into energy creates a “two birds, one stone” approach that solves one problem, with a solution to the other. In addition to this, the incineration of waste to create energy helps to reduce groundwater contamination and the release of methane gas into the atmosphere.
Waste doesn’t just create energy. The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, has recently begun opening waste-to-energy plants that also generate three million bricks and recover 30 million litres of water as by products. The plant will produce enough power for around 30% of the city. The ambitious Addis Ababa site conforms to all European standards, controlling the release of toxic fumes and chemicals.
The World’s Biggest Energy Facility
Not to be outdone, Dubai has recently announced plans to construct the world’s largest waste-to-energy facility. The Dubai government envisages the site processing two million tons of waste every year, which equates to around 60% of the waste produced by the entire country per annum. From this waste, 120,000 homes will receive power generated from the waste-to-energy plant.
Investing in the Future
GRRE Group provides investment into important sustainable infrastructure projects, such as those that provide energy from waste. Established in 2012, the GRRE Investment Fund is a regulated investment fund in the British Virgin Islands. Co-founded by Brian Weal, an experienced investment professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry, GRRE has built a strong team with a relentless focus on environmental projects including UK eco-property, and renewable energy around the world.
Through careful due diligence, the GRRE team invests only in established companies, selecting specific projects that use proven technology. This approach helps to reduce the risks involved in each project.
The GRRE approach to investing in sustainable projects aims to achieve both consistent returns and capital growth. To deliver this, the GRRE invests in a diverse range of sustainable technology projects, focusing on the areas of eco-housing, biomass and waste-to-energy projects for medium to long term investments.
A Growing Sector
WIth governments around the world setting ever more ambitious targets for sustainability, demand for more innovative solutions to meet these targets is required. The recent Paris Agreement demonstrates the world’s commitment to delivering sustainability at a macro level. This therefore means an opportunity exists to capitalise on this appetite for innovative cleantech solutions, such as waste-to-energy projects, creating investment opportunities that also benefit society and the environment.
Demand for eco-housing solutions such as Passivhaus is growing, with 65,000 such buildings in existence. Meanwhile, technical solutions such as smart meters, solar panels, battery storage and the Internet of Things are creating opportunities for eco-property developments. Through investment in companies with proprietary technology such as these, GRRE is investing in the future.