UAE to reduce plastic pollution

Dr Thani Bin Ahmad Al Zeyoudi sign the pledge to reduce plastic use in the UAE. (Polyestertime image)

“Beat Plastic Pollution” as main theme of this year’s World Environment Day is gaining momentum in the United Arab Emirates.

In fact, a leading business in the UAE has promised to reduce plastic pollution in their operations in a bid to step action against the worsening plastic pollution.

The pledge was made as the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the Indian Embassy celebrated the United Nations’ annual day of environmental awareness at the ministry’s headquarters in Dubai on Tuesday.

On a global level, this year’s edition of the World Environment Day is hosted by India.

High-level officials from leading businesses in the UAE, including LuLu Group International, Aster DM Healthcare, Apparel Group, BRS Ventures and others, attended the event and signed a pledge that they will contribute in the reduction of plastic pollution through the adoption of sustainable practices.

LuLu Group announced that it has introduced high-quality reusable shopping bags through their hypermarkets to spread awareness about the issue.

Dr. Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, appealed to all those present in the Dubai event to support and commit to reducing plastic pollution by adopting smarter habits and more efficient practices to make planet earth green again.

“Only that will make this World Environment Day truly meaningful,” said Dr. Zeyoudi.

Al Zeyoudi said that while plastic may be an essential component in many modern industries in the world and has proven economic value in securing our livelihoods, there is now a dire need to strike a balance between its economic value and protecting the environment against its adverse effects.

This could be done through opting for greener choices when using and disposing of plastic.

Meanwhile, Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, praised the response from the Indian business community and their strong commitment to the cause.

“We are delighted to join hands with the Minister of Climate Change and Environment to launch the Beat Plastic Pollution campaign in the UAE,” he said.

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