Supporting Global Sustainability with our wasteWOIMA® Solution 

Globally, waste generation is on an upward trajectory, with estimates suggesting that urban areas alone could generate as much as 2.2 billion tons of waste annually by 2025. This increase is attributed to various factors, including urban population growth, changes in consumption patterns, and industrial development. Despite the rising volumes, waste management practices vary significantly across different regions, influenced by economic, environmental, technological, and cultural factors. 

All United Nations Sustainable Developmen Goals - WOIMA Corporation aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - SummaryIn the face of rapid urbanization, increasing population, and the consequent surge in waste generation, effective waste management has become a global challenge, as well as a critical component of sustainable development. The intersection of waste management with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and #13 (Climate Action) underlines the importance of adopting innovative and sustainable waste management solutions to promote environmental sustainability and resilience in urban settings. 

In high-income countries, waste management systems are typically more advanced, with higher rates of waste segregation, recycling, and energy recovery. In contrast, low to middle-income countries often struggle with inadequate waste management infrastructure, leading to increased environmental pollution, public health risks, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Effective waste management is pivotal for creating sustainable cities and communities. Poor waste handling exacerbates air and water pollution, contributes to land degradation, and undermines urban aesthetics and liveability. Integrating sustainable waste management practices helps in reducing pollution, promoting cleaner cities, and enhancing the quality of life for urban residents. Moreover, by adopting principles of circular economy, cities can minimize waste and transform it into resources, thus contributing to urban sustainability. 

The SDG #12 emphasizes the need for sustainable consumption and production patterns, which directly aligns with efficient waste management practices. Reducing waste generation at the source, promoting recycling and reuse, and encouraging the consumption of recycled products are essential strategies. By managing waste more effectively, not only can the ecological footprint of consumption and production be minimized, but resources can also be used more judiciously, fostering a transition towards a more sustainable and less wasteful society. 

Waste management has a significant impact on climate change. Landfills are major sources of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, while the incineration of waste materials contributes to CO2 emissions. Adopting waste-to-energy technologies and improving waste disposal methods can mitigate these emissions, contributing to climate action goals. Furthermore, recycling reduces the demand for energy-intensive production processes, further lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

Different regions are adopting various strategies to address waste management challenges. Europe has been at the forefront of implementing stringent waste management regulations, emphasizing recycling and waste-to-energy conversion, and aiming for a circular economy. Asia, with its rapid urbanization, is focusing on improving waste collection and recycling infrastructure, with countries like Japan and South Korea leading in waste-to-energy technologies. Africa faces significant challenges due to inadequate waste management infrastructure but is gradually adopting community-based waste collection and recycling initiatives to improve the situation. The Americas showcase a mixed approach, with advanced waste management systems in North America and emerging strategies in Latin American countries focusing on recycling and waste-to-energy as part of their sustainable development goals. 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 13 climate action - WOIMA CorporationWaste-to-energy (WtE) can play a pivotal, if not the most significant, role in addressing global waste management challenges while contributing to SDGs #11, #12, and #13. The WtE technologies, such as incineration, gasification, and anaerobic digestion, offer dual benefits: reducing the volume of waste destined for landfills and generating renewable energy. This aligns with SDG #11 by reducing urban pollution, supports SDG #12 by providing an alternative to landfill disposal and promoting energy recovery, and contributes to SDG #13 by generating cleaner energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

The global trends in waste management underscore the urgent need for sustainable practices that support the achievement of SDGs #11, #12, and #13. While challenges remain, particularly in regions lacking the necessary infrastructure and technology, the potential of waste-to-energy technologies as a cornerstone for sustainable waste management is undeniable. By transforming waste into a resource, these technologies not only help in managing the growing waste volumes but also play a crucial role in promoting sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, and effective climate action. As such, waste-to-energy stands out as a key player in the global quest for sustainability, offering a path forward that benefits both the environment and society at large. 

Our offering to the small-to-medium-scale WtE market, the pre-engineered, prefabricated, and modular wasteWOIMA® WtE plant, is a robust grate-fired solution for combusting different waste streams to energy. A single boiler island (WOIMAline) wasteWOIMA® plant uses roughly 40,000 to 50,000 tons of waste fuel per annum. Several WOIMAlines can be integrated to create a larger power plant. The state-of-the-art flue gas treatment renders the combustions gases inert and safe enabling the construction of the plant also in populated areas. 


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WOIMA Corporation is a Finnish supplier of best-in-class waste-to-value products, projects and services worldwide. We have developed solutions that enable us, and the customer, to transform and recycle virtually any waste stream into raw materials and energy.  At WOIMA we combine Finnish engineering know-how in waste management with power generation design expertise. These solutions are used in Finland every day. They support the circular economy ideology and ensure that less than 1% of Finland’s waste ends up in landfills.

Our mission is to improve quality of life both locally and globally, as well as empower people to utilize waste as a commodity. Our decades of international project management experience ensure an on-time, in-budget and high-quality WOIMA solution delivery across the globe.