ABU DHABI, 24th October, 2022 (WAM) — As part of its vision of a government without single-use products, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently held a workshop with 60 government organizations to discuss the implementation of the Guide titled: Breaking Free from Single-Use Products: A Guide for the Government of Abu Dhabi.
This follows the launch of the ban on single-use plastic bags on June 1 and the launch of Mission to Zero, a public-facing campaign that has set the ambitious goal of achieving zero single-use plastic consumption in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
During the workshop, the Agency highlighted the importance of eliminating single-use products and replacing them with multi-use products to help protect the environment from harm. For example, EAD has also shared success stories from government organizations that have reduced their reliance on single-use products and how they have achieved this goal.
Many government entities in Abu Dhabi have already started phasing out all targeted single-use products, including cutlery, cups, plates, bottles and stirrers, regardless of material. This initiative targets all government premises and the supply chain. The objective is to have a government totally free of these products, to share good practices and to encourage sustainable institutional behavior.
In addition, EAD removed all targeted products such as single-use plastic bottles from its premises and operations, replaced them with water dispensers, and ordered all hotel businesses and related service providers to not using single-use materials in any of their activities and switching to multi-use materials.
The Agency also highlighted the Mission to Zero campaign. A key aspect of the campaign is the “Big Zero” facilities, points across the city where members of the public can drop off their single-use plastic bottles for recycling. Mission to Zero also encourages the community to consume less plastic through an aggressive and dynamic outdoor advertising campaign.
Ahmed Baharoon, Executive Director of Environmental Information, Science & Outreach Management at EAD, said: “Since we launched the single-use plastics policy in Abu Dhabi, we have been keen to keep the momentum going. any time so that we truly fulfill our mission. One of our key performance indicators is to see all government organizations in Abu Dhabi become plastic-free single-use products within a year.
“Therefore, we have organized this intensive workshop to share our guide for Abu Dhabi Government Organizations and answer any questions members may have so that they can partner with us at EAD to create a healthier environment.
EAD also showcased the guide during its participation in the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Riding Show, from September 26 to October 2, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), where the ‘Agence held a dynamic stand strongly highlighting Mission to Zero. There were also three Big Zero facilities at ADNEC filled with single-use plastic bottles.