WOIMA aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – Summary
The Sustainable Development Agenda
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Implementation and success will rely on countries’ own sustainable development policies, plans and programs, and will be led by countries themselves. The SDGs will be a compass for aligning countries’ plans with their global commitments. Nationally owned and country-led sustainable development strategies will require resource mobilization and financing strategies. All stakeholders: governments, civil society, the private sector, and others, are expected to contribute to the realization of the new agenda.
WOIMA is committed to helping the developing countries reach these goals. The tool is our modular wasteWOIMA® waste-to-energy power plant, and the WOIMA Ecosystem built around it, that will
- recycle and treat efficiently the waste of 100,000 – 500,000 people
- generate clean and affordable energy for 50,000 – 100,000 people
- employ directly 100 to 200 people
- generate hundreds of jobs up- and downstream
- save 100,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions per year
- be up and running within 12 months
Some of the key SDGs, where WOIMA has the most impact are
Access to good health and well-being is a human right, and that is why the Sustainable Development Agenda offers a new chance to ensure that everyone can access the highest standards of health and healthcare – not just the wealthiest.
WOIMA improves municipal solid waste and industrial waste collection rates; their sanitary treatment will create a clean and safe living environment that has a positive impact on people’s lives. Reduced exposure to bacteria, vermin, pests and odours frequently found on dumpsites further enhances their quality of life.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world.
Unsanitary landfills and dumpsites are a major source of river, lake and groundwater pollution. Leachate water draining through the waste collects sulphides, chlorides, heavy metals and other toxins and deposits the in the soil and water downstream. WOIMA Ecosystem reduces leachate quantity practically to zero.
Fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas have been major sources of electricity production for decades, which causes climate change and has harmful impact on people’s well-being and the environment.
Waste is a free and locally abundantly available fuel that will save both fossil fuels and foreign currency in their imports. It generates base load power providing constant and reliable energy to the grid. WOIMA waste incineration adheres to the strictest emission limits, only water vapor and CO2 are emitted to the environment.
A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.
WOIMA Ecosystem generates hundreds of jobs on-site and both upstream and downstream. Waste collection and transportation, waste pre-sorting and recycling, on-site job and service opportunities, as well as SMEs utilizing the generated energy commodities and ash products are the first to benefit.
Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is the primary source of income generation, allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards for all people, and provides the technological solutions to environmentally sound industrialization.
WOIMA power generation offers a platform for local industrialization. Electricity and thermal power (both heating and cooling) support the establishment of local SMEs, their job creation and wealth accumulation. Simultaneously, the environment benefits from increased waste utilization and recycling activities.
The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
WOIMA decentralized waste management and power generation model transforms waste into energy close to where it is generated. This offers huge savings in waste transportation, power transmission and CO2 emissions.
Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.
WOIMA Ecosystem incinerates and/or digests the methane-generating biowaste into energy and/or biogas respectively. This has the potential to save millions of tons of methane emissions, which are 25 times more potent than CO2.
Oceans provide key natural resources including food, medicines, biofuels and other products. They help with the breakdown and removal of waste and pollution, and their coastal ecosystems act as buffers to reduce damage from storms. Maintaining healthy oceans supports climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
WOIMA supports higher waste collection, recycling and utilization rates, which prevent waste from ending up in water ecosystems. Especially the most harmful plastic materials are the best fuel for our Ecosystem.
Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.
WOIMA Ecosystem replaces biomasses in both power generation and kitchen use. Our wasteWOIMA® power plant generates similar energy commodities as do biomass power plants and biogas works perfectly as cooking gas. This saves forests and plants to fight erosion and to photosynthesize carbon dioxide to oxygen.
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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.