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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

Waste collection in Dubai increases

Posted on 16/05/2001

The co-operation between the Dubai Municipality and private sector in the field of collection and recycling of wastes has resulted in an increase in the volume of waste collection from companies, industrial establishments and labour camps. According to Dubai Municipality, the private sector organisations have transferred as many as 470,648 tonnes of solid wastes, 315,347 tonnes of building wastes, 7,844 tonnes of agricultural wastes, 98,650 tonnes of industrial wastes and 63,579 tonnes of other ...  >>MORE

Federal Environment Authority targets schools for eco-education

Posted on 09/05/2001

The Director of the Federal Environment Authority (FEA), Salem Al Dhaheri, on Tuesday told the Federal National Council, FNC, that the authority is ensuring that environment studies is introduced as a subject in all schools in the country. The statement was made when the FNC took up the issue of environment for discussion. As part of its effort to educate students on the importance of a clean environment, Dhaheri said a four-day seminar on environmental education would be held in Al Ain ...  >>MORE

Recycling project launched in Sharjah

Posted on 08/05/2001

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) along with Coastal Waste Management and Holiday Inn Resort, Sharjah launched its first recycling project at the hotel where a separate area has been provided with four bins to collect waste deposited by people from different parts of the Emirate. Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of the EEG, told reporters at a press conference in Sharjah that the Holiday Inn Resort was the first hotel in Sharjah to join the effort to reduce waste and protect the environment ...  >>MORE

UAE succeeds in balancing development and environment protection

Posted on 02/05/2001

The UAE succeeded in the balancing of the difficult equation of attaining development and protecting the environment. These remarks were made by the Director of the UAE University, Dr. Hadif Al Dhaheri, in an opening speech at the symposium of bio-diversity and wildlife. Dhaheri said that the UAE was a pioneering country in the field of environment protection preservation of wildlife thanks to the prudent guidance of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. "The UAE has succeeded ...  >>MORE

FEA meeting approves drafts

Posted on 30/04/2001

Minister of health, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, chaired the second ordinary board meeting of the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, for the year 2001. In a statement after the meeting, Dr. Salim Al Dhahiri, FEA Director General, said that the meeting had approved during the meeting a number of environmental system drafts which would be issued as part of the executive rules of the federal law no.24 of the year 1999, dealing with environmental protection and development, adding that the meeting ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on advanced nations to take care of environment

Posted on 23/04/2001

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, called today on the industrialised nations to shoulder their responsibility in global efforts for protection and conservation of the environment as most of pollutants have been emitted from their plants. Sheikh Mohammed blamed international organisations for not taking prompt measures to address global environmental risks. '' The Kyoto agreement on global climate change is now facing new obstacles. We ...  >>MORE

War against pollution launched in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/04/2001

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has launched a war against air pollution with the opening of an environment-friendly computerised vehicle inspection centre at the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licensing Department. The Vehicle Inspection Centre is operated by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC. The main feature of the new centres is the ability to check gas emissions polluting the air. All vehicles emitting more than 4.5 per cent of carbon monoxide will be refused registration until it is brought down ...  >>MORE

Website on environmental activities

Posted on 07/04/2001

The Arab Wide Web network has created a joint channel with the Emirates Environmental Group to provide a regular updated information on environmental activities in the region. The co-branded channel – http://www.arabwideweb.com/environment – will be managed by the Emirates Environmental Group, a leading non-profit voluntary group in Dubai. In addition to accessing environmental issues, visitors to the site can ...  >>MORE

RAK environment tax on flights using the airport ‘well received’

Posted on 07/04/2001

The initiative of the Ras Al Khaimah Airport to levy a charge on aircraft using the airport to support its environment programme has been well received. The airport becomes the only in the Middle East to levy such a charge. Since December 1, 2000, the airport has been levying and environment tax which ranges between Dh100 and a maximum of Dh200 per aircraft using the airport. The amount is fixed on the take off weight of the aircraft. However, light aircrafts, VIP and humanitarian aircrafts are ...  >>MORE

DAS flares system revamp project under way

Posted on 01/04/2001

An ambitious engineering project currently under way on Das Island is expected to go a long way in enhancing a healthier environment on the island, according to a report in the latest issue of Adma Bulletin published by ADMA-OPCO. Called "Das Flares System Revamp,” the project should, when completed, reduce the quantities of hydrocarbon gas purge in the atmosphere, according to the report. "The project is in line with the company's HSE policy, with particular emphasis on safe and reliable ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Trade Centre adopts tought guidelines to reduce waste

Posted on 19/03/2001

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is adopting wide-ranging procedures designed to slash waste and conserve utilities under the "reduce, recycle and reuse" philosophy. Last year it became a member of the Emirates Environmental Group, an organisation dedicated to increasing public awareness of environmental issues. General Manager Wahid Attalla said, "The DWTC is committed to incorporating business practices that promote sustainable development. We recognise we have a corporate ...  >>MORE

Environmental database vital says ERWDA

Posted on 21/02/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has embarked on the development of a sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) based Environmental database to support the organisation in the execution of its duties. A statement from ERWDA said today that the second in the series of meetings was held to present to government departments, the vision, activities and proposals for the establishment of a distributed ...  >>MORE

Dubal to retrofit gas turbines for pollution control

Posted on 20/02/2001

Dubai Aluminium Co (Dubal) will embark upon a four-year retrofit of four gas turbines entailing a "significant" investment to cut emissions and improve efficiency, a senior official has confirmed. "Dubal has entered into a contract with General Electric to retrofit four gas turbines with new turbine combustion systems to make these more environment friendly," said Moosa Ismail, Dubal general manager for power and desalination. The contract will be signed early next month. The phased ...  >>MORE

Aviation body unveils eco-friendly plans

Posted on 18/02/2001

The Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, DCA has developed 40 different programmes to deal with various environmental issues. The main features of the programmes include efforts to increase public environment awareness, segregation of waste, increasing the amount of recycled material, replacing faucets in airport toilets, and new efficient water tanks for less water consumption. Under the programmes, the DCA will also replace all windows and roofing insulation to reduce the need for ...  >>MORE

Drastic reduction in oilfield gasflaring

Posted on 18/02/2001

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, has succeeded in reducing gas flaring in oilfields from 254 million cubic feet per day in 1995 to 56 million cubic feet per day this year, with a reduction rate of 78 per cent which places ADNOC among the top ten international oil company implementing health, safety and environment standards. The Federal Environment Agency, FEA, issued a report on the efforts of the oil and natural gas section in the environmental protection. The report showed that ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah give priority to Ecology

Posted on 11/02/2001

The rapid commercial and social development in Ras Al Khaimah has made it imperative for the emirate's government to place environmental issues on top of its agenda, said a senior official. Sheikh Montaser bin Khalid Al Qasimi, Head of the Environmental Protection and Industrial Development Authority, said the recent development in Ras Al Khaimah had underlined the importance of protecting the emirate's environment and marine life. Referring to key commercial projects in the emirate, he ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi free from pollution

Posted on 10/02/2001

The Abu Dhabi Government has installed an environment monitoring network and proved that harmful pollutants and radiation in the emirate were far less than approved international levels, according to the Federal Environment Agency, FEA. The FEA, in a report released marking the fourth National Environment Day, said that the network included three monitoring stations which focused on assessing radiation and pollution in the region, particularly ozone-depleting gases. The stations carried out ...  >>MORE

WWF praise for UAE environment strategy

Posted on 06/02/2001

The UAE National Environment Strategy is a very ambitious programme that covers a wide range of important environmental issues, said Dr. Frederic Launay, Director of the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, Projects office in the UAE. In an interview with WAM, Launay, said that the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for the UAE and his people, and the place he gives to the environment is a unique asset for the country. WWF is supporting this vision and can help in ...  >>MORE

Tonnes of waste hauled daily from Sharjah Creek

Posted on 04/02/2001

An average of three tonnes of waste material was removed daily from the Sharjah Creek and Khalid Lagoon from Jan.7. According to Ali Al Suweidi, head of Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG), the clean-up is being undertaken as a part of the environment preservation campaign organised by the his agency in association with Sharjah Municipality. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the environmental exhibition organised by the Sharjah municipality on Saturday. The exhibition was ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality plans anti-pollution strategy

Posted on 04/02/2001

Dubai Municipality will soon implement, in co-ordination with the concerned authorities in the emirate, a phased strategy on controlling pollutants emitted by vehicles, said director general Qassim Sultan. Emphasising the civic body's commitment to protect the emirate's environment, he said the municipality's efforts followed in the footsteps of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan who accomplished an otherwise impossible feat in the country by turning the desert into a lush ...  >>MORE

UAE's achievements in environment lauded

Posted on 04/02/2001

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has praised the UAE's achievements in protecting the environment and wildlife, inspired by the clear vision of the President H. H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In a statement issued to mark UAE's 4th National Environment Day, which is being held this year under the theme "Development & Environment Integration not Collision,” ...  >>MORE

UAE looks at Solar Energy

Posted on 03/02/2001

In the forty or so years since the United Arab Emirates first became an oil producer, its demands for energy have been met primarily from oil, and then gas, production and the options offered by renewable energy sources have received little attention. In a country without lakes and rivers, hydroelectric schemes are of no relevance, while the Arabian Gulf coast has no large estuaries and has too small a tidal range for generation of power. The country does, however, have sunlight in ample ...  >>MORE

Energy industry focus on environmental concerns

Posted on 03/02/2001

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world's largest energy producers, with a daily production of over 2 million barrels of oil a day, and with nearly 100 billion barrels of proven reserves and the fourth largest reserves of natural gas in the world. Although the unit cost of production per barrel is low compared to some other major producers, like Britain, the UAE still needs to produce a substantial amount of oil and gas in order to fund its ambitious development programme, with a ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to form committee on environment awareness

Posted on 03/02/2001

The Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah, under the chairmanship of its Director-General Abdul Aziz Al Midfa, held a meeting yesterday with various governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the formation of an Awareness and Environment Education Committee in Sharjah. The meeting was held under the instructions of H. H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who wished for a platform to be created by ...  >>MORE

ADNOC major sponsor of Environment 2001

Posted on 07/01/2001

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, will be a major sponsor of the Environment 2001 Exhibition and Conference scheduled to be held at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre from February 4 to 8. A report in ‘ADNOC News' said that in addition to co-sponsoring the conference titled "Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Development,” to be held under the patronage of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ADNOC will also be a major participant along with its Group of ...  >>MORE

Celing on import of Ozone depleting materials: Dhaheri

Posted on 03/01/2001

The Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, has started implementing procedures regulating the import of ozone depleting materials into the UAE. The FEA's board of directors had issued a directive in 1999 outlying the procedures to be followed when importing such materials into the country. FEA director Salem Al Dhaheri said the norms for importing such materials have been incorporated in a protocol which is followed internationally. The protocol allocates the import of a certain quotas for each ...  >>MORE

Panel to lay groundwork for environmental declaration

Posted on 02/01/2001

Top Arab environment officials will meet here today to prepare to announce an "Abu Dhabi Declaration" next month. The Advisory Committee to the environment ministers will open the two-day discussion to review a wide range of environmental issues in the Arab world. The focus of the meeting will be the drawing up of strategies for sustainable environmental development for the 21st century. They will be used to draft the Abu Dhabi Declaration, to be adopted by the environment ministers when they ...  >>MORE

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