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Viking welcomes UN’s Clean Seas campaign

UN Environment (UNEP) recently launched a major global Clean Seas campaign to end marine littering: a problem Viking Heat Engines is perfectly suited to help combat thanks to its mobile, off-grid waste to energy systems.

According to the United Nations, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least USD 8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year. Up to 80 per cent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic.

Due to the amount of plastic bottles, bags and cups we dump after a single use, it’s estimated that by 2050, oceans will carry more plastic than fish, and that 99 per cent of seabirds will have ingested plastic.

Mobile incineration systems tackle the problem

As a developer of waste to energy solutions, Viking Heat Engines is in an ideal position to help tackle the global waste management problem. Together with its partners, it has developed mobile incineration systems that handle the waste on land before it ends up in oceans and turns it into electricity without being connected to the public grid. The electricity from such systems is used to support the incineration process and to benefit businesses and communities in the vicinity.

Visit our waste-to-energy page to learn how our systems can help tackle the world's waste problem.

Waste into electricity, not into oceans

Anders Ørnberg, Business Development Manager at Viking Heat Engines, says: “Our solutions not only prevent plastic from entering oceans and reduce harmful methane emissions from dumpsites, they also make sure the waste comes to good use by transforming it into electricity, giving communities and businesses access to a much-needed power supply.”

A report launched by UNEP in 2016 stresses the importance of establishing responsible waste management systems on land to avoid marine littering:

“Improving waste collection and management presents the most urgent short-term solution to reducing plastic inputs (into oceans and waterways), especially in developing economies. This will also have other societal benefits in terms of human health, environmental degradation, and economic development.”

“The oceans need systems like ours more than ever,” Ørnberg adds. “We can protect oceans and water resources from contamination starting today.”

For more information, please contact:

Anders Ørnberg: anders.ornberg@vikingheatengines.com or call (+47) 95 07 30 45.

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