BGreen Magazine » Eco-leisure The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:21:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public and private sector experts to share waste management best practice Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:00:18 +0000 Lorraine The first edition of EcoWASTE, the dedicated waste management and recycling event in the Middle East, will gather the insights and practical experience of a host of leading companies, institutions and industry experts from January 20-22 in Abu Dhabi.

The inaugural event will organise a series of technical workshops and presentations from the exhibition floor on subjects spanning recycling, waste-to-energy and waste collection, with contributions from experts based as far afield as Finland and the UAE.

“Our first EcoWASTE sheds further light on the interrelated challenges of energy, water and waste,” said Naji El Haddad, EcoWASTE Show Director. “Through these sessions, attendees will not only network with more than 50 local and international suppliers as well as 2,000 buyers and professionals from across the waste management and recycling sector, they will also gain in-depth knowledge from technical experts at the forefront of sustainable waste management regionally and internationally.”

With several GCC states embarking on projects in waste-to-energy, the Swedish Waste Management Association will deliver its assessment of the potential to generate clean power from the substantial volumes of municipal solid waste currently dumped in desert landfills across the region. In Sweden, as much as 97% of all household waste is recycled or used to generate energy.

Eric Lindström of Capital Cooling will present on waste heat as a power source for cooling, based on insights from his native Sweden and the GCC.

Also at EcoWASTE, Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers, will consider waste-to-energy solutions tailored for the industrial sector. Keppel Seghers designed and built the GCC’s first domestic solid waste management centre, or DSWMC, in Qatar, which diverts up to 95% of waste from landfill. The DSWMC comprises a state-of-the-art waste sorting and recycling facility, an engineered landfill, a composting plant, and a waste-to- energy incineration plant with a capacity of 1,500 metric tons per day.

With more than 10 million metric tons of municipal waste produced each year in Abu Dhabi alone, advances in waste collection technologies and services will be top of the agenda. EcoWASTE will host a seminar on automatic solid waste collections systems by Jari Enontekiö of Marimatic Oy.

“The GCC has the potential to become a leader in the waste-to-energy sector as the DSWMC in Qatar illustrates,” said Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers. “With Abu Dhabi aiming to divert 85% of its solid waste from landfill by 2018 and other states in the region following its lead, the technology and insights presented at EcoWASTE provide a pathway towards a genuine sustainable waste management future.”


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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:58:17 +0000 Lorraine Heads of State and Ministers from over 150 countries as well as representatives from 120 international organisations gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the opening of the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority, takes place today and tomorrow. Kicking-off Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, the event features IRENA’s flagship projects, its current and future work programmes, and several public and media events.

“IRENA’s focus is accelerating the deployment of renewables worldwide, and our Assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA’s role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent.”

“IRENA is a global campaigner for the advancement of renewable energy, and a convener that creates a platform for international collaboration,” said H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy and President of the Assembly. “It is through important international platforms like this that we will secure our clean energy future.”

Highlights during the Assembly include the launch of “REmap 2030”, the much anticipated roadmap for doubling the global renewable energy share by 2030; and the announcement of the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 43 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption: The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly,  H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries.

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Report: Renewable energy should be make up a third of world use by 2030… ‘at no extra cost’ Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:53:32 +0000 Lorraine The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report “REmap 2030,” that was published yesterday to coincide with the Wolrd Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent, according to the new report.

“There is a strong economic case for the renewable energy transition. When considering climate change mitigation, health impact and job creation, the transition practically pays for itself,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “More renewables in the energy system provide greater flexibility, increase energy independence, and make the system more resilient.”

The deployment of modern renewables – renewable energy sources that exclude traditional use of biomass – needs to grow more than threefold, the study shows. A rethinking of energy taxes and subsidies is critical to the economic case for renewable energy. A reduction of fossil fuel subsidies will facilitate the uptake of renewables. Subsidies for renewable energy can disappear altogether, if green house gas emissions and other air pollution are reasonably priced.

“Many governments are underestimating the potential of renewables in their planning the for energy transition. To reach the goal of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030, additional efforts are needed, particularly in the building, industry and transport sectors,” Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said. “We identified five areas of national action: Planning realistic but ambitious transition pathways; creating an enabling business environment; managing knowledge of technology options and their deployment; ensuring smooth integration of renewables into the existing infrastructure; and unleashing innovation.”

“REmap 2030” builds on the analysis of the energy supply and demand of 26 countries, which account for 74 per cent of projected global total final energy consumption in 2030. IRENA collaborates with member states and research institutions for “REmap 2030,” which derives its objective from the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 40 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption:  H.E. The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, discussing the “REmap 2030″ report at IRENA’s FT Question Time in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Panelist of the debate included Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup; Dr José Goldemberg, Professor, University of São Paulo; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power International; and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS).


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Renault’s electric race car demonstrated in Las Vegas Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:04:19 +0000 Lorraine The 100% electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater race car performed its first public demonstration run in Las Vegas last Monday.

The event was held in conjunction with the International CES, a global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow.

Following its presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013, and its debut track run at La Ferté Gaucher near Paris, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E broke new ground by making its first dynamic public appearance in front of a crowd of technology fans at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The car was in the hands of Brazilian racing driver Lucas di Grassi who drove along the Las Vegas Strip before moving on to Mandalay Bay in the centre of the city.

The demonstration confirmed the possibility of a fully-electric single-seater race car.

CEO of Renault Sport Technologies, Patrice Ratti, said: “Everybody at Renault is very proud that we were able to show the 100% electric Spark-Renault race car in driving conditions for a very tech-savvy crowd in Las Vegas. The work that has been done by all technical partners over the last few months has been fantastic and the car lives up to Renault’s high competition standards. We are very happy about the result so far and our engineers will keep working with Spark, Dallara, McLaren, Williams and Michelin to further improve the Spark-Renault SRT_01E so that all teams can compete with an amazing 100% electric race car when the championship begins.”

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Local and international companies to participate at EcoWASTE 2014 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:21:16 +0000 Lorraine EcoWASTE will gather prominent local and international institutions, determined to find timely solutions to address the sustainable disposal and recycling of waste. It is a waste management and recycling event in the Middle East to be held in Abu Dhabi from 20 to 22 January 2014.

Several key players located in the UAE have confirmed their presence at EcoWASTE 2014.

Huda Al Houqani from the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) said: “One of the key focus areas identified by ADSG members is waste management – and it is something that we have been working on with our members and stakeholders for the last two years. In fact, our participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) includes having sessions and speakers who will highlight and raise awareness about waste management.”
The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG), a membership organisation established in 2008 to promote sustainability management in Abu Dhabi in a spirit of cooperation and open dialogue, was one of the first to do so.

Bee’ah, headquartered in Sharjah, will also be attending EcoWASTE 2014. With over 300 million dirhams invested in tools and infrastructure as an effort to overcome the UAE’s waste challenges and by means of several projects, Bee’ah has enabled Sharjah to benefit from its waste and put resources back into the economic cycle.

Organisations from Germany, Switzerland and Finland will also make their way to EcoWASTE 2014 to showcase some of their latest and most innovative technologies.
For example, Denmark based Eldan Recycling is a global supplier of recycling equipment for processing of tyres, cables, WEEE, aluminium, refrigerators, MSW, magnesium and various scrap. The company has delivered machines and complete turn-key systems to the recycling industry for more than 55 years and holds a track record of over 7100 single machines and 830 plants delivered worldwide – including several recycling plants to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.
Henning Nørgaard, Territory Manager at Eldan, believes fast construction growth, an increasing manufacturing base and a booming service sector, has opened up new opportunities for the recycling industry, especially in the UAE.


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TAQA brings the first hybrid-electric car race in the region Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:38:01 +0000 Lorraine TAQA, the international energy company based in Abu Dhabi, will bring together engineering students from across the GCC for the region’s first hybrid-electric car race. The event is hosted by The Petroleum Institute, a university and research centre in Abu Dhabi, as a strategic partner.

The 2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge will be held at Abu Dhabi’s Al Forsan racetrack from January 29 – 31.

Dr Saif Al Sayari (right), TAQA’s executive officer and head of energy solutions, said: “The next generation of engineers will play a critical role in developing a sustainable economy for the UAE and the region. This event gives engineering students the opportunity to try out what they have learned in the classroom in a competitive environment. TAQA is committed to supporting young engineers from the GCC and encouraging the development of alternative energy technologies.”

More than 120 male and female students from 11 teams will participate, including teams from Abu Dhabi’s Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates University, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi University and Khalifa University. Teams from Oman, Qatar and Kuwait will also compete.

The teams, consisting of drivers and technicians, will race single-person, lightweight, hybrid motor cars built to stringent race design and safety rules. The teams have received car kits and are currently working in teams to engineer, build and fine-tune the vehicles for the event with the aim of developing faster and more energy efficient vehicles.

Each team must make a decision about their strategy for the petrol generator which extends the range of the vehicles. There are three main prizes on offer: fastest qualifying time, longest distance travelled on electric battery alone, and longest distance travelled on the petrol-electric configuration. The overall 2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge winner will be crowned by adding the scores of the two race days. Other awards include technical innovation, quality of workmanship, sportsmanship and design.


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EPDA-RAK recognises The Cove Rotana Resort’s environmental initiatives Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:25:33 +0000 Lorraine The Cove Rotana Resort has been awarded two Environmental Awards from the Ras Al Khaimah Environment Protection & Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) for the best environmental practices and the best practices in saving water, electricity and paper in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Cove Rotana Resort was awarded during a ceremony held at the RAK Chamber of Commerce on December 31 last year.

EPDA-RAK has a mission for protecting the environment and the sustainability of its resources, by providing excellent environmental services and urging everyone to protect and develop our natural resources.

Andreas Mueller, general manager at The Cove Rotana Resort, said: “This award brings us another strong drive to persist our commitment and a unique opportunity to inspire others. We will continue to implement energy awareness programme, to maintain energy and water savings while try to increase the awareness of energy efficiency amongst our staff and guests.”

Bassam Zakaria, director of rooms, The Cove Rotana Resort, said: “It is a motive to continue delivering on of our promises towards the society which is being the best environmental company and submitting more environment friendly product.”


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Dubailand’s Sustainable City project out for tender ‘in February 2014′ Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:54:04 +0000 Lorraine Diamond Developers will issue a $82 million contract for construction within their $299 million Sustainable City project in Dubailand, UAE, according to a report on our sister website Big Project.

“We will be issuing a tender for the construction of a school, a university and a planetarium by February next year,” said Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers .The company will also construct 500 villas in the development.Set for completion in 2015, Dubai Sustainable City is expected to feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 square foot-long water canal with a tourist minaret. At least 20% of the construction area is planned to be built with eco-friendly materials. The project will also feature 600,000sqft. of solar farms, which will provide for 50% of the cooling energy in the development.Saeed also added that all sewage water will be recycled, and homeowners will not be charged for services, community fees and maintenance fees for their villas. The community centre and retail wing are expected to generate enough income to cover expenses.

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DuPont achieves sustainability goals 3 years ahead of schedule Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:00:16 +0000 Lorraine With the release of its new Sustainability Report yesterday, DuPont today announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and has made substantial progress toward the rest.

“At DuPont, sustainability is a business growth strategy that has been a driving force at our company for decades,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “This report illustrates the progress we have made against our voluntary commitments and the continued integration of sustainability into all our operations.”

The company’s 2015 market-facing goals, set in 2006, focussed on the shared value DuPont products bring to customers. As of last year, the company has generated over $6.7 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also have invested nearly $4 billion in research and development programmes to develop products with direct, quantifiable environmental benefits for our customers,” Fisher added. “The simultaneous success of our market-facing and footprint goals is the business case for sustainability.”

Since 2004, DuPont has reduced the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to the goal of 15%; lowered global water usage by 12%; earned $2 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and $11.8 billion in revenue from products based on non-depletable resources.

DuPont announced a new set of goals in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. This is the first year DuPont is reporting progress on these goals. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” Fisher adds. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

To read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report:

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ADSG members plan ahead Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:59:20 +0000 Lorraine At its fourth Quarterly Forum Meeting, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) discussed the group’s strategy for the years 2014 to 2018. The meeting was hosted by an ADSG member, Rotana, where members explored the current and upcoming sustainability issues that the group should work on.

During the opening of the meeting, Huda Al Houqani, ADSG’s director, said: “Our focus will remain on partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing – as our chosen operating model to advance economic, social, and environmental objectives simultaneously.”

During the meeting the group announced that one of its members, Masdar, is working closely with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is an international non-profit organisation that provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.

The ADSG invited its members to form a pilot group of companies in Abu Dhabi to further develop their carbon reporting, in accordance with the CDP’s reporting approach.

During the meeting, and the group discussed its forthcoming plans to participate at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week taking place next year from January 18-24.


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