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Bee’ah to Launch Air Quality Management Programme

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has indicated that air contaminants, caused by industrial, household and automobile emissions, are health hazards to urban populations. The WHO estimates that around 370 deaths are caused by poor air quality each year.

Bee’ah, the Middle East’s award winning waste management company, is set to launch Sharjah’s first ever air quality management programme.

Bee’ah will sponsor a continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring (AAQM) programme, measuring greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter in the atmosphere across residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use areas of Sharjah.

“Bee’ah is growing beyond waste services and adopting a more holistic approach to environmental management,” said Khalid Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer, Bee’ah. “The project will determine the highest concentrations of atmospheric pollutants across Sharjah, with a focus on densely populated areas. As air quality directly affects public health, being able to monitor emissions is the first step in ensuring a cleaner, healthier city.”

Data produced by the AAQM system will be assessed and shared with Sharjah City Municipality, the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, and American University of Sharjah, among other key stakeholders.

When completed, data collected from the AAQM network will also be shared with the public through a specialised web portal. “The AAQM project demonstrates Bee’ah’s commitment to the environment and to the wellbeing of our society. Awareness of key environmental issues, such as air quality, is the only way that we will build a secure and sustainable future for our community,” said Al Huraimel.

The AAQM project was announced at Green Middle East yesterday, hosted by Bee’ah at Sharjah Expo, the region’s premier exhibition for the environment, now in its third year.

 

 

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GE talks about ecomagination at the Arab Forum for Environment & Development

GE will underline the importance of public private partnerships (PPPs) to steer sustainable energy projects and highlight the added value of its ecomagination initiative in enabling communities to promote sustainable growth at the 6th Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED). The AFED Conference held on October 28 and 29, 2013, at the American University of Sharjah is focussing on the theme of ‘Arab Environment’ this year.

Tim Richards, Senior Executive for Government Affairs and Policy for GE Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, will moderate a panel discussion on ‘Public Private Partnerships and Financing the Transition to Sustainable Energy’.

Launched in 2005, ecomagination is the way GE works, helping customers save billions of dollars and significantly reducing their environmental impact. With cumulative R&D spend of $6bn targeting $10bn by 2015, GE’s ecomagination portfolio has exceeded targets, growing at 14% CAGR.

Exceeding its environmental footprint targets of 25%, GE has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water use by 33% and 46% respectively, and generated cumulative operational savings of $275m since 2005.

GE has been a strong supporter of the annual conferences organized by AFED since 2009. A not-for-profit regional non-governmental organisation, AFED brings together experts the civil society, business community and media, to promote prudent environmental policies and programmes across the Arab region.

This year’s session also includes special sessions including a ‘Future Leaders Forum’ where Arab youth will discuss the right of future generations to resources; examples of sustainable energy initiatives in the GCC region; and challenges and opportunities in waste-to-energy.

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