ABU DHABI, 22nd June, 2023 (WAM) — The Environment Authority of Abu Dhabi, EAD, in conjunction with the Year of Sustainable Development and its ongoing efforts, has announced the winners and recognized participants of the Zero Government Challenge Mission to achieve Abu Dhabi Goals of Dhabi’s single-use plastic policy.
Held from 23 January to 24 March 2023, the Abu Dhabi Government Entity Challenge builds on EAD’s Mission Zero campaign launched last year. It aims to encourage the Abu Dhabi community to raise awareness about the hazards of single-use and non-disposable plastics and promote a culture of recycling.
These entities submitted reports on the total amount of waste generated for each category, the percentage reduction, and evidence of efforts and initiatives to reduce material waste.
During the awards ceremony, seven winners from government agencies were recognized for reducing their consumption of single-use products by 100%. These agencies are the Department of Finance (DOF), General Administration of Customs, Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Abu Dhabi Municipality, Higher Organization of the Zayed People, Abu Dhabi Social Support Authority, Social Contribution Authority – Ma’ Abu Dhabi Sustainable Water Solutions Company (ADSSC) and Abu Dhabi Statistical Center (SCAD).
Six challenge participants from government and semi-government entities were also recognized. These organizations have significantly reduced the consumption of single-use products by adopting environmentally friendly practices and sustainable initiatives in their establishments. They are Masdar, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Emirates Global Aluminum Company (EGA) and Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG).
Speaking during the event, Ahmed Baharoon, Executive Director of Environmental Information, Science and Outreach Management at EAD, said: “With this challenge, we are announcing that the Government of Abu Dhabi is moving away from a single-” Products that align with the UAE’s vision to be climate neutral by 2050 – especially resonating as the UAE prepares to host COP28. This challenge provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in promoting environmental awareness and climate action. “
He added that achieving the goals set by the Abu Dhabi government represented by EAD requires the joint efforts of all partners to work together to make all government agencies in Abu Dhabi free from single-use products.
Baharoon also invites participants to the 12th World Environmental Education Conference (WEEC), which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 29 January to 2 February 2024 for the first time in the region to discuss the role and importance of environmental education . Education at all levels.