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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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Sustainable Environment Protection

D.Y Kim, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE, looks at the new generation of air conditioners in the market and how they have the potential to revolutionise the way we live

Without electricity, society as we know it would cease to exist. It’s very hard to overestimate just how important electricity is to nearly every aspect of modern life, from keeping the lights on in a child’s bedroom to powering massive manufacturing facilities. For countries, then, securing adequate supplies of electricity is a paramount task. Reliable, abundant electricity enables a higher quality of life for citizens. It is also a prerequisite for creating economic growth.
Past and current efforts to increase supply and meet the demands of greater energy consumption have had a significant, negative impact on the environment. Our drive for energy is accelerating climate change and exacerbating environmental problems such as acid rain. Moreover, this problem is not confined within borders. It is a global issue that requires innovative responses from global leaders.
Corporations also have a responsibility to balance opportunities for growth with the need to seek out eco-friendly paths to achieve that growth. And in some cases, corporations are better poised than many countries to tackle such a large-scale problem.

A Deeper Look into Energy Consumption
There is abundant data to demonstrate that our planet Earth is in trouble. A greater concentration of greenhouse gases has caused global temperatures to rise steadily over the past 150 years, with a rate of around 0.3 degrees Celsius per decade. Our dependence on fossil fuels has caused, among other things, a massive amount of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide to be released into the atmosphere. While both of these gases do exist naturally, more than 90 percent of the former and 95 percent of the latter found in North America and Europe are of human origin. Because such high doses can be converted quite easily into sulphuric or nitric acid, these emissions result in outbreaks of acid rain that can cover vast distances and do significant damage to both plant and animal life.
Multinational corporations have reached an interesting crossroads. While driven primarily by the need to make greater and greater profits in the past, the growing awareness of climate change has caused pressure, from both within and without, to be placed on corporations to become part of the solution rather than the problem.
Even more interesting, a number of these corporations have come to the conclusion that becoming part of the solution does not have to come at the cost of profit. In fact, the opposite may well be the case.

Innovating the Management of Home Energy Consumption
Homes consume large amounts of energy. Each household has a collection of home appliances and digital services. It has been estimated that more than 25 percent of the world’s energy consumption is being used for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as the lighting of residential and commercial buildings. Therefore, by concentrating on making this aspect of human life more efficient and less wasteful, there are significant gains to be made in protecting the environment. To achieve successes in this endeavor, technological innovations are crucial.
LG’s latest air conditioner is a great example of how very clever technology can make a significant difference. A Multi-stage Tropical Compressor combines a highly efficient motor, minimised oil circulation and a specially designed resonator and cylinders to ensure powerful cooling. What this means is that the air conditioner can achieve high reductions in energy consumption while operating in extreme weather conditions. This is made possible because LG has combined its technological know-how with a positive corporate philosophy of making the UAE’s indoor experience more enjoyable this summer.
Faster cooling or heating is not restricted to small rooms. Even wider spaces can be climate controlled in shorter times. The Power Cooling function actually allows the Titan to cool a wider room 20% times faster than standard air conditioners with 3.02 coefficient of performance.
A Tropical Compressor delivers optimised airflow for 24 consecutive hours, even under extreme temperatures of up to 58C.
Customers get to feel better about doing their part to achieve more eco-friendly lifestyles, but they also get the enjoyment of seeing lower electricity bills each month. This is win-win. It also explains the appeal of LG air conditioning products, and by extension, it also explains how a multinational corporation like LG can put its focus on environmental protection while still pleasing company shareholders.

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Deloitte predicts change in Middle East’s energy

In a whitepaper by Deloitte Middle East entitled “Renewable Energy: Seeds of Change,” it indicates that while the Middle East is an oil-producing region, its carbon emission is not as bad as one would expect as the region steps towards renewable energy.

Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia have already stated plans to produce at least 10% of their energy from sustainable sources by 2020, while Abu Dhabi and Dubai set targets to produce their energy from solar and renewable sources by 2030 between five and seven per cent.

The whitepaper outlines a number of near and medium term topics to push towards green energy production. For instance, over the medium term Deloitte believes that there will be a gradual removal of oil subsidies for a free market mechanism. They also predict that there will be opportunities for companies to adapt technology that better suits the desert environment of the Middle East.

Another of Deloitte’s forecasts for Middle East energy is the consideration of feed-in tariffs or tax benefits so as to encourage renewable energy production.

The market forces and the changing competition give compelling reasons to consider alternative sources of energy.

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Royal Wedding generates 10 times Buckingham Palace’s greenhouse gases

Prince Charles takes every opportunity to lower the service’s impact

The UK’s The Telegraph reported that the much-anticipated royal wedding likely generated more than 6,765 tons of carbon dioxide. 

This amount is 10 times the amount of greenhouse gases the Buckingham Palace produces in a whole year and 1,230 times the annual emissions of the average UK household.

However, Prince Charles did take every opportunity to lower the impact of the service that is said to have had more than 1900 attendees. 

The prince, known for his environmental credentials, ensured that the service’s menu was sourced from sustainable organic food and ingredients, that the reception’s flowers were seasonal, and that documents from the event were printed on recycled paper while only Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood was used in the building of the media stands.

The royal couple also asked guests to plant trees or make a donation to Earthwatch, one of the 26 charities benefiting from the royal wedding gift fund that focused on environmental issues. Finally, the couple drove away from the reception in a hybrid that runs on E85 bioethanol made from English wine waste.

Still, it is estimated that activities on the day of the wedding could be responsible for an estimated 2,808 tonnes of CO2e mostly from the journeys of the many guests coming from abroad. Less than 13 tonnes were likely generated by accommodation, energy use and the event’s catering.



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