Amane Advisors has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) in Saudi Arabia, which is seeking to preserve and develop AlUla, a city of outstanding natural and cultural heritage, located in the country’s northwest.
As part of the agreement, Amane will support the RCU in delivering world-class waste management services within AlUla, including implementing collection and cleaning services and establishing recycling and treatment facilities at Resource Management Park. It will also guide the RCU in meeting an ambitious waste recovery objective of 70% by 2035.
Amane Advisors has completed more than 50 water, waste, and resource recovery projects in Saudi Arabia, and leaders say the company is eager to continue contributing to the Kingdom’s sustainable development.
“Saudi Arabia envisions Al Ula as a global showcase of history, heritage, culture, and environment. The region is the size of Belgium and it’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to bring our expertise to a project”, said Principal Ismail Alaoui.
“As the country modernizes and diversifies its economy, we see our role as helping ensure the region’s waste, energy, and other resources are managed responsibly so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The RCU was established in July 2017 to take a sensitive, sustainable, and responsible approach to the urban and economic development of AlUla.
The RCU also signed a foundational agreement with RATP Dev to develop local mobility solutions for residents and tourists as well as an MOU with Idverde to cover sustainable landscape development and support the RCU’s biodiversity goals. All three agreements were supported by Afalula, the French Agency for AlUla Development.
“The signing of the contract with RATP Dev and the memoranda of understanding with Amane Advisors and Idverde are proof of the common desire of Saudi Arabia and France to provide AlUla with smart and innovative solutions for mobility, waste management, and landscaping, and to serve the region, its residents, and the visitors of today and tomorrow,” said Gérard Mestrallet, Executive Chairman of Afalula.
In late October, members of Amane’s US team had the opportunity to speak with emerging water leaders at a Career Day event hosted by The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Amane was a proud sponsor of the event, which featured presentations by water industry leaders across the private and public sectors.
Keynote speakers Carla A. Reid, General Manager at WSSC Water, and Angela Curry of Bentley Systems shared their personal career journeys and perspectives with the students.
Amane US Managing Director Bill Malarkey participated as a presenter and panelist, joining Chris Crockett of Essential Utilities, Lotta Kanto Oeqvist of Solenis, and Alex Rubilar of Hach to talk more about their organizations’ impact on water resiliency and innovation, and future career opportunities in the water industry.
“The Water Center at Penn is a unique resource for students who are passionate about solving urban water challenges. It was exciting to see so much passion for building more resilient and sustainable water solutions and up-and-coming talent for the sector,” said Malarkey.
Senior leaders within Amane’s US team, Partner Bill Malarkey and Principal Vinod Jose, attended the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in October. The four-day event is touted as the largest of its kind in North America.
With the event location alternating between Chicago and New Orleans, WEFTEC was back in The Big Easy in 2022 – with more than 10,000 in attendance.
The team had the chance to connect with Amane clients and other water professionals from around the world and check out the latest technologies and innovations.
“As a first-time attendee, I was impressed by the scale and energy of the event. After collaborating virtually for a large portion of the last two and a half years, it was great to connect with so many clients, investors, startups, and partners in person,” said Vinod.
“The combination of the conference and exhibition made for an interesting event. In particular, I enjoyed learning more about emerging innovation areas, including the latest developments in PFAS destruction,” he added.