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Sharjah tackles waste

The people of Sharjah have their waste collected and recycled by Bee’ah. Chief commercial officer, Najib Faris, explains how the company is set to be the biggest in the Middle East. Lorraine Bangera reports

The population of the UAE is grows by 3.1% every year, and waste grows with that,” Najib Faris, chief commercial officer of Bee’ah, told the Future Cities Conference in Dubai last month.
Established in 2009, Bee’ah aims to achieve zero waste going to landfill by 2015. It has won best waste management company in the FM Awards in Dubai for three years in a row.
Bee’ah is unique among waste management companies because it carries out all waste management tasks from collecting waste, transporting, and cleaning it, through to recycling it. Its practices include the material recovery facility, which is the largest in the Middle East and third largest in the world, its tyre recycling facility, which is the only facility utilising a cryogenic system, a construction and demolition waste recycling facility (CDW) as well as its landfill, which it claims is the most efficiently managed landfill in the region.

Last month, Bee’ah launched its monthlong residential engagement campaign ‘Recycle for a Greener Sharjah’. And people responded well, says the company: following its 2012 awareness campaign residential recycling levels rose from 40 to over 52%.
This year, Bee’ah placed 25 new Reverse Vending Machines (RV Ms) across the city for plastic bottles, aluminium cans and used light bulbs at various outlets including the Sharjah Cooperative Society. The machines are linked to ‘My Bee’ah Loyalty Programme’, which gives residents points in exchange for recycled material. Points collected can be redeemed for gifts, special offers and discounts.
Faris said: “My Bee’ah incentivises people to be sustainable. It is like an environmental loyalty programme. All you have to do is drop recyclable material in the machines, swipe your card, and earn your points.”

Educating the young
Bee’ah also has a programme to educate Sharjah’s youngsters.
Faris said: “The Bee’ah School of Environment is an online and offline awareness programme that targets students in Sharjah. Students from kindergarten to grade 12 receive curriculum-based education every week for one hour. Some of us can get a degree in that time.
“As the programme is available online, students can access material and learn about the environment conveniently. It also educates teachers and provides curriculum material to help teach their classes.”
The programme is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Sharjah Education Zone. It has already reached and educated 164,000 students in over 200 schools across Sharjah.

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Elevating excellence

Hanna Uusitalo joined KONE in 2008 when the company set Environmental Excellence as one of its strategic imperatives. As Environmental Director, Uusitalo is responsible for ensuring that KONE’s meets its long-term objectives. Hanna is also KONE’s Liaison Delegate in World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), represents the company in European Roundtable for Industrialists (Energy and Climate) and the Finnish Green Building Council. She spoke to Anoop K Menon on KONE’s end-to-end approach to sustainability

The Green Building movement in the Middle East is relatively new and developing very quickly. The spotlight of energy efficiency tends to focus lighting and airconditioning but less so on elevators and escalators despite the fact they are the biggest energy consuming equipment in a building.

How is KONE making elevators and escalators more energy efficient?
We have a lot to do in terms of disseminating knowledge and understanding of the energy efficiency possibilities. We need to speak out more and inform builders about the various options on their table. KONE is over 100 years old, and we have innovation and years old, and we have innovation and technology development integrated into our DNA.
Tracing our environmental path, being based in Northern Europe where energy has always been expensive and supply of electricity hadn’t been good either, we adopted a cautious approach towards energy usage. While we started focussing on energy efficient solutions in the early 1980s, in 1996 we revolutionised the global elevator market through a major technology breakthrough – the Machine-Room-Less elevator. Prior to that, elevators used to have a machine room on the top floor. Now everybody in the elevator industry uses this technology but we started our ‘green’ journey on this exciting note.
In 2008, we set a target to further reduce energy consumption of existing elevator and escalator technologies. So far we have achieved over 75% reduction in energy consumption compared to the 2008 product range, which puts us in same frame as the lighting industry.

How did KONE address the energy efficiency challenge it set for itself in 2008?
Elevators need to be smart; they need to be optimised for the traffic for the particular building’s use (residential, office, retail, hotel as the case may be). We have strong expertise in people flow – how they are moving, how to get them efficiently from one place to another. We combined highly energy-efficient motor technology with regenerative drives to capture the brake energy or any unbalance which is generated when the elevator is moving. The motor acts as a generator feeding electricity back into the building’s network.

Many companies are adopting the life cycle or cradle to grave approach to assess and minimise the adverse impacts of their products from a sustainability standpoint. How have you incorporated sustainability into your product line?
We have studied the environmental lifecycle impact of our products at different platform levels – for example, the Asian platform is different compared to the European platform which is different from North America. We look at the lifecycle from all the way from raw material to component manufacturing, installation and use phases to maintenance/ modernisation to end-of-life treatment. The studies we conducted according to ISO 14025 standard showed that the biggest environmental impact of our solutions is associated with energy consumption during the use phase, constituting 70-80% of the impact. This meant we had to set clear targets on energy efficiency.
The second biggest impact is in terms of materials. We asked ourselves how do we develop durable, long lasting solutions and do it first-time-right so that we minimise the losses in terms of the materials consumption. We have a companywide goal of ‘no waste to landfill.’ In fact, we have achieved zero waste to landfill in our European manufacturing units. All waste is re-used or re-cycled or recovered as energy. In China, less than half a percent of material, by weight, is going to the landfill. In fact, we are working on the remaining half, so that we achieve 100% zero waste to landfill.

How do you ensure sustainability permeates your entire value chain? How do you work with your suppliers and customers?
I think cooperation is very important in today’s world. We have to communicate with our partners and customers, talk about the future and looking at smart solutions together. The Green Building trend is a great thing but at KONE, we talk about green, smart and safety together. Our customers are making buildings more energy-efficient, which means they are sealing them. So we need to understand the requirements for good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), which leads to understanding the materials we have in our products, the chemicals associated with them and then reducing systematically, all the materials that are potentially harmful for human health and environment.
Recycled content is also a focus area for KONE. Today, our solutions are mainly made out of metals that are highly recyclable. Our new elevators typically have 25% recycled content, which is quite remarkable if you compare it to other industries. At the end of their lifetime, approximately 25 years, elevators and escalators are over 90% recyclable.


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Bee’ah’s sustainable works recognised at Green Middle East Awards

Bee’ah won two awards at the Green Middle East Awards held on the last day of the three-day long exhibition and forum held at the Sharjah Expo Centre.

The Sharjah- based company was bestowed with the Best Solid Waste Management Company of The Year Award during a ceremony hosted by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water. Bee’ah was recognised for its successful approach to minimise waste, with a particular focus on the company’s in- house recycling facilities.

Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman, Bee’ah was also awarded the Visionary of the Year award for his contributions to raising awareness around environmental issues and influencing the community to make sustainable decisions.

Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah, said: “Today, Bee’ah diverts 60% of waste from landfill.We have increased this figure and have achieved this result in six short years, so I am confident that our vision of a cleaner, greener future will be realised.”

Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to transform the Emirate into the most environmentally sustainable in the Middle East, Bee’ah aims to achieve a zero waste- to- landfill goal by 2015.

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The green emirate

Two waste management operators have recently agreed to work together to establish recycling facilities for plastics, wood, and e-waste in Sharjah, and improve waste collection, fleet management, and waste treatment in the country.

His Excellency Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah, and Dominique Mangin D’Ouince Chairman of Suez Environment, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after agreeing to exchange valuable information and international practices. With a vision to contribute to a better and cleaner environment for Sharjah, they aim to position Sharjah as the Green Emirate that puts the environment first. This cooperation helps the two companies with a stronger presence to expand their operations and services in the UAE, and to support Bee’ah to attain its zero-waste goal for Sharjah by 2015.

Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environment said, “this partnership confirms that thanks to its permanent efforts in innovation, Suez Environment is able to respond both to the new requirements of its customers in mature countries and in new market with strong growth, and help them to become leaders of environmental performance. This partnership also provides significant growth opportunities for Suez Environment. As our partner, Bee’ah brings significant waste management strengths and will enable us to expand our reach throughout the UAE.”


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