The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has partnered with Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer) to launch ‘Waste to zero’, a global initiative to advance waste decarbonisation and establish a circular economy platform ahead of COP28.
The initiative aims to bolster the UAE’s role in leading global action and contribute to international efforts to achieve the 43 per cent emission reduction target by 2030.
It seeks to urge nations to adopt and maintain advanced technology-based solutions to decarbonise sectors such as waste management and boost the circular economy.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Tadweer to launch the global initiative to decarbonize the waste management sector, which is responsible for an estimated 3-5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Through this collaboration, we will mobilise global efforts once again to adopt practical solutions in the waste management sector to achieve sustainability and increase its contribution to reducing emissions,” said Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change & Environment.
“This will further enhance the role of the UAE in creating a sustainable future for people around the globe. We trust our ability to make a significant difference in the global waste management sector, and contribute to the international environmental and climate agenda in the coming period.”
Tadweer spearheads sustainability
Tadweer, under the leadership of the ministry and in cooperation with stakeholders, will host discussions, workshops and awareness programmes for various partners in the UAE and abroad on the objectives of the circular economy and sustainable resource management.
“Through ‘Waste to Zero’, we hope to create a platform for dialogue, raise awareness, and drive actionable solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector. Together with our partners, MOCCAE and Roland Berger, we look forward to inspiring change and creating a more sustainable and prosperous future,” said Ali Al Dhaheri, CEO of Tadweer.
“The initiative is part of our commitment to finding innovative and sustainable solutions, and are aimed at enhancing our potential for transforming the global waste crisis into an opportunity for growth, renewal and resilience,” Hani Tohme, managing partner at Roland Berger Middle East explained.
The initiative focuses on the challenges facing the waste management sector and its direct impact on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change objectives.
The waste management sector can contribute to reducing emissions while improving the quality of recycling and reducing food waste.
The programme will promote solutions aimed at the decarbonisation of the waste management sector around the world by attracting investment and financing in infrastructure projects, creating employment and reducing global dependence on natural resources.
It aims to strengthen regulatory frameworks, apply extended producer responsibility, establish multi-disciplinary governance and identify bankable projects in waste management processes.
The partnership between MOCCAE and Roland Berger aims to highlight the role played by the waste management sector in addressing climate change as well as finding innovative solutions for sustainable resource management.
Waste to Zero will invite the entire waste management ecosystem to raise ambition, demonstrate concrete action to mitigate climate change and align with the goals of the Paris Agreement.