Jieyang Facility Wins 2023 Circular Economy Pioneer Award

September 7, 2023

Award Winners on stage

Celebrating Sustainability: Jieyang Facility wins 2023 Circular Economy Pioneer Award.

WTT China, a subsidiary of Convertus Group has been awarded the Circular Economy Pioneer 2023 award at the European Chamber Sustainable Business Awards (SBA). This accolade recognizes WTT’s contributions to the circular economy through the design, engineering, build and commissioning of the Jieyang Green Fuel MBT facility.

Established in 2017, the European Chamber SBA have continually evolved to promote awareness and commitment to sustainability in business. The concept of the circular economy has been a key contributor of sustainable development, offering significant economic and social benefits for companies worldwide. The SBA categories closely align with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and China’s enduring commitment to rural revitalization and environmental protection. One of the standout features of this year’s awards ceremony was the introduction of the new category, Circular Economy Pioneer, which recognizes exceptional performance within the circular economy sphere.

Marjo Compvoets, Consul General of the Netherlands in Shanghai, presented the award and certificate to Jimmy Liang, Managing Director of WTT China. The event also recognized four other companies for their sustainability achievements including Philips China, Veolia, Lindstrom and Boehringer Ingelheim China.

Award Winner

The Jieyang Green Fuel MBT Facility

Jieyang Green Fuel MBT Facility

The Jieyang facility stands as a beacon of innovation in sustainable waste management practices, with the capacity to convert 401,500 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) into Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) each year. The RDF from the Jieyang Facility is incinerated to produce energy for a power generation plant, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Notably, Jieyang is one of the few MBT facilities in China and the only facility that combines both mechanical and biological treatment technologies. Upon arrival, the MSW is shredded and moved into biological drying boxes for a period of 10-11 days. After the drying process is completed, the treated MSW is transported by a crane to the mechanical treatment line where recyclable and inert fractions are removed, and an RDF fraction is transported to the incinerator’s storage bunker. Remarkably, one ton of RDF generates over 700-kWh of electricity via the grated furnace compared to the 400-kWh generated by untreated MSW. To put this into perspective, that is the equivalent of running 5,000 standard 60-watt light bulbs for one hour.

Beyond its waste-to-energy capabilities, the Jieyang Green Fuel MBT facility has been designed to maximize resource recovery. For example, the by-products from the Facility’s acid scrubber, primarily ammonium sulfate are repurposed as liquid fertilizer for agricultural purposes.

Process Diagram

A Sustainable Future with WTT China

With decreasing subsides for incineration and a shifting market focus towards county-level projects, Chinese investors and operators have been actively seeking more profitable and sustainable alternatives. MBT technologies are a promising solution since existing facilities such as power plants and cement plants can be continuously fed with high quality green fuel to achieve full waste-to-energy utilization. Moreover, by replacing fossil fuels with green fuel, similar projects can earn carbon emission credits, further contributing to sustainability and generating additional green revenue. The financial incentive not only makes MBT an economically viable waste management solution but also aligns with global efforts to combat climate change.

Receiving the Circular Economy Pioneer award is a milestone achievement for WTT China and highlight’s the company’s dedication to sustainability and its pivotal role in advancing the circular economy.

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