U.S. Embassy Beirut hosts Waste-to-Energy Expert Thomas Henderson in Lebanon from April 6 to 10

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For Immediate Release

The United States Embassy Beirut is hosting waste-to-energy expert Thomas Henderson as part of activities for Earth Day and in support of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Henderson is in Lebanon from April 6 to 10 to share his 37 years of experience in the field of waste management with government, municipality, and civil society representatives. He will also deliver a lecture for civil engineering students at Lebanese American University.

Today, April 7, Mr. Henderson and representatives from the U.S. Embassy met with the Mayor of the Municipality of Saida, Engineer Mr. Mohammad Saoudi. They discussed waste management concerns and how the municipality has approached finding waste management solutions. The discussion was followed by a tour at the waste management plant.

In 2015, the world came together to set ambitious, common priorities for the decades ahead. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Climate Agreement, and other notable agreements represent unprecedented global commitments to investing in our collective future and achieving progress on the world’s most significant social, economic, and environmental challenges.  The United States and 192 other nations formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (also referred to as the “global goals”) at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015.  In his speech at the Summit, President Obama committed the U.S. to pursuing the goals domestically and internationally.

Thomas Henderson Biography

Mr. Thomas Henderson is principal management consultant at Arcadis, the leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets. He has more than 37 years of experience in developing and managing large Waste-To-Energy (WTE) facilities and integrated solid waste management systems. Mr. Henderson has served as a project manager on WTE facilities with more than 10,500 tons per day (tpd) of waste and 307 MW of electrical generating capacity.  These facilities have successfully combusted more than 62 million tons of municipal solid waste over a combined 72 years of operation. His experience includes the planning, design, permitting, financing, construction, startup, and operation of projects including transfer stations, landfills, material recovery facilities and waste-to-energy facilities.