Waste Master Plan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, enters its second phase of development; situational analysis and current characteristics of waste were highlighted during the meeting
In order to achieve its towering waste management targets, Abu Dhabi held its first Steering Committee Meeting for its Waste Master Plan 2040. The Steering Committee is led by Chairman H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary at the Department of Municipal Affairs. The Committee’s role is to supervise and guide the overall process of developing the Waste Master Plan whilst ensuring its alignment with the overarching initiatives and visions of the government of Abu Dhabi including the UAE Vision 2021 and the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. A significant finding, which was revealed during the meeting, is that the majority of waste in Abu Dhabi is generated by the commercial and industrial, and construction sectors.
“In line with the country’s strategic direction towards environmental sustainability, the Waste Master Plan Steering Committee’s role is to ensure the realisation of Abu Dhabi’s objective to implement a fully integrated waste management system. The Steering Committee members represent most of Abu Dhabi’s stakeholder entities that will lead the implementation of the strategies set out by the wise leadership. The implementation will be facilitated through a series of meetings to supervise the project’s progress directly and effectively according to the plan and realise its output,” said Steering Committee Chairman, H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary at the Department of Municipal Affairs.
A comprehensive overview of the project that aims to protect the emirate’s natural resources and environment was delivered to the Steering Committee that included the remaining deliverables, the current status of the project, and the highlighted findings resulting from these two key waste management deliverables.
H.E. Eissa Saif Al Qubaisi General Manager of Tadweer, said, “The Waste Master Plan team has made significant progress after the first stakeholder workshop, which was held at the end of last year. The plan has reached its second phase as we are about to finalise the Situational Analysis Report and the Waste Characterisation Study. These reports will provide a more thorough understanding of the emirate’s waste situation. The data available to us now indicates that about one third of the waste in Abu Dhabi is generated through commercial and industrial activity, another third is residential waste and the last third is generated through construction and demolition activities.”
“The Steering Committee meeting has come up with several valuable recommendations that will be taken into consideration in the coming phases of the project,” H.E. Eissa Saif Al Qubaisi concluded.