EEG Organises “One World, One Family” Gala Dinner

By | Gala Dinner

Under the Patronage of H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi To Celebrate Environmental Achievements of 2018

Monday, 04 March 2019: Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the country’s pioneer environmental NGO hosted its Annual Gala Dinner to recognise the dedicated stakeholders and celebrate its long lasting partnerships. The momentous event aimed to acknowledge the joint accomplishments of public and private sector entities in maximising sustainable practices, under the meaningful year of 2019 as declared by the visionary leadership of the United Arab Emirates as the “Year of Tolerance”. EEG was born 28 years ago on the soils of this dynamic and great land, inspired by the founding father’s vision and strong mission on the conservation of our surroundings and the precious natural resources of the country. As a United Nations accredited Organisation, the event perfectly encapsulated EEG’s effort to implement UN SDG no 17, which highlights the importance of effective partnerships to achieve sustainable development.

The beautiful city view open expanse of Al Habtoor Palace LXR Hotels & Resorts Dubai Canal, welcomed distinguished guests including the Patron & Guest of Honour, H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah, and Honorary Member of EEG, H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf – United Nations Resident Coordinator to the UAE, amongst several members of the diplomatic corps of different countries, CEO’s of companies and senior government representatives.

The meaningful event was was sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as the Diamond Sponsor, Wasl as a Special Sponsor, McDonald’s UAE and Dutco Construction Co. (L.L.C). as Gold Sponsors and Chalhoub Group as the Silver Sponsor. The Arabia CSR Network came on board as the Sustainability Partner.

H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi expressed his pleasure at being among everyone as “a proud family member of our beloved Emirates Environmental Group under tonight’s theme of “One World, One Family.” Sheikh Salem said, “Our family focuses on educating and inspiring future generations on environmental preservation to help save our planet. Being the year of tolerance, in our family, we are breaking the barriers of race, creed and where we come from to truly become one family. One Family committed to the preservation of our One World.”

The evening marked the celebration of EEG’s work, highlighting the milestones it managed to cross in the year of 2018. The first professional working group in the country to design year-round environmental programmes for corporates, academia and families alike, EEG is a go-to organisation for entities and individuals, who wish to contribute to the country’s path towards sustainability. Starting its long journey in environmental action in 1991, today the EEG with its wide network of entities is represented in various international platforms as a leading civil society organisation in the Arab Region.

The key environmental successes and highlights of 2018 were shared by EEG Chairperson, Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi. Addressing the guests, she said “Indeed, Tolerance is the essence of our theme this evening, which is, ‘One World, One Family’ The theme reflects EEG’s motto; – (Together for a better Environment). Together, is the key word that binds us as a family and as a world without barriers. In creating this fabric of togetherness, Tolerance is the thread that will weave safety, stability and happiness into the lives of people across the world. Without tolerance, safety, stability and happiness, we will not be able to achieve economic development, environmental sustainability and societal progress. With Tolerance, we can hope to build the world as one family that shares with each other the benefices of the planet, where future generations continue to understand, empathise with and support each other’s needs and aspirations.”

In the Year of Zayed, EEG managed to mitigate 4,573 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, saved 37,046 cubic meters of landfill space, achieved efficiency equaling 32,506 British Thermal Units of energy, and saved 24,901 trees from being felled to produce paper. All this was possible through EEG’s waste management campaigns to recycle Aluminium cans, paper, plastic, glass, toners and mobile phones.

EEG’s educational projects for 2018, involved over 68,304 students and teachers from 6 Arab countries. The 2018 Clean Up UAE national campaign, organised by EEG, further brought together 24,195 volunteers, who collected 40,700 Kg  of waste from numerous sites across the seven Emirates.

H.E. Dr. Dena Assaf – United Nations Resident Coordinator to the UAE in her Key Note speech said “The work being carried out by organisations like the Emirates Environment Group is crucial. By reaching out to and engaging different sectors in society, it is instilling a mindset of respect towards the environment and awareness of the great challenges that lie ahead. This inevitably will lead to actions and changes in attitudes at all levels, be it with youth, be it with business leaders, or just individuals like you and me.”

The Annual Gala Dinner witnessed the official awarding of 55 uniquely designed and crafted crystals to the corporate and government sponsors and supporters of EEG’s programmes for their corporate citizenship, social responsibility and spirit of partnership in 2018.

In its continuous effort to demonstrate a deep commitment with regards to practicing the values it preaches, EEG organised its Gala Dinner as a Carbon Neutral Event as is customary whereby the resultant 5.83 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions have been offset with the help of its corporate member Farnek.

Every single attendee went home with a sapling of Ghaf tree put nicely in a container decorated with the theme of the evening and the symbol of the year of Tolerance. They were also given Honey samples from the Ghaf tree very kindly prvided by ANHB to symbolise the natural production and food security.

The highly successful 22nd Annual Corporate Gala Dinner, an evening of appreciation, entertainment and networking, served as an inspiration to continue with the engagement of the local corporate sector in the efforts of EEG to maximse sustainable development. All the support and encouragement that was expressed during the marvelous evening has once again proven that EEG’s hardwork and effort to build new partnerships has bonded very well with both the private and government sector.

EEG Collects 4050 kg of Aluminium Can and mitigates 61 metric tons Carbon Dioxide

By | Can Collection Day

Emirates Environmental Group successfully brings together over 200 entities to participate in the 23rd Can Collection Day Campaign in the Year of Tolerance.

Collects 4050 kg of Aluminium Can and mitigates 61 metric tons Carbon Dioxide

Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has once again rallied the nation for its 23rd Cycle of the Can Collection Day. The drive brought together more than 200 entities from all the Emirates to participate in the event. The combined effort of various hotels, families, academic institutions and corporations reeled in 4050 kg of Aluminium Cans for recycling on 28th February 2019. EEG achieved 20% of the target and therefore urges all sectors of the society to achieve the set target of 20,000 Kgs till December.

Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group greatly appreciated the fact that over the last 23 years, the Can Collection Campaign has seen a tremendous growth and participation from the people of UAE socity. Since its inception in 1997, EEG has managed to collect 3,20,400 kg of Aluminium Cans which has resulted in the mitigation of 4809 MTCO2e, saving of 7777 m3 of landfill space and the conservation of 72,918 million BTU of energy.

EEG has always strived to educate and raise awareness of the community on conservation issues through active and action oriented programmes. Besides Aluminium Cans, EEG also facilitates the collection of Paper, Plastic, Glass Bottles, Toners and Mobile phones for recycling. By conducting such campaigns, EEG is constantly adding on to the aim of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Particularly Goal No.12 which calls on the importance of Sustainable Consumption and production.

EEG encourages every individual, from young students to working professionals, to actively participate in its recycling campaigns. Embracing on the values of the Year of Tolerance and by working to achieve the UAE national agenda of helping divert 75% of waste away from landfill by 2021, EEG truly believes that the Can Collection Drive captures the commitment and passion the UAE leadership has envisioned our society to attain. As an organisation that is accredited with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), it is our mission to engage the local community in local actions that create global impacts.

The campaign’s success was due to the collaboration and commitment of various government, corporate and academic institutions, once again highlighting EEG’s attempt to implement UN SDG no 17: Effective Partnerships for Sustainable Development.  Mrs. Al Mar’ashi expressed her gratitude to Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) for coming on board as a co-sponsor for the Can Collection Campaign 2019. EEG also appreciates the support of Dubai Municipality, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), Ajman Tourism Development Department, Abela & Co, AF Constructions LLC, American International School of Abu Dhabi, Tristar, McDonald’s UAE, Sharif Metals and Lucky Recycling for helping make this campaign a success.

The dedication of the people living in UAE and their conscience to protect the environment reflected through this campaign. The top collectors of the Can Collection Campaign in 2019 will be awarded on the World Environment Day in 2020 at the prestigious Annual Awarding Ceremony. EEG urges the all sectors of the society in the UAE to continue their proactive work by joining hands to eliminate pollution of all kinds and its effects on the country and planet.

 

Notes to Editors:

Emirates Environmental Group (EEG): EEG is a professional working group established in 1991 devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programmes and community involvement. The organisation is open to men and women of all nationalities. EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organisation of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), EEG is a member of the UN Global Compact, the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN).

EEG celebrates national environment day

By | CleanUp UAE

Under the patronage of H. E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi


Ras Al Khaimah Public Services Department and Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) begins the Year of Tolerance by rallying the community in RAK for “Clean up UAE” gathering

434 Kg of waste with the participation of 144 Volunteers

 

 

As a celebration of the National Environment Day, under the patronage and presence of H. E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, member of the Executive Council of the Government of Ras Al-Khaimah and Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Ras Al Khaimah, The Ras Al Khaimah Public Services Department organised a Clean Up Campagn in association with EEG & under the banner of Clean Up UAE Campaign in the Emirate of RAK. As we enter the Year of Tolerance, EEG upholds its mission since inception to integrate, involve and inspire all the members of public to come together for a better environment.

 

  1. E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi who was present and actively involved in the campaign said, “The waste collected today will be removed from the natural environment and segregated to ensure the recyclables can be diverted from landfill. We thank EEG for its support and its perseverance to engage the different sectors of society together for a better environment.”

 

In his opening speech, H.E. Eng. Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Public  Services Department stated that, “Safeguarding cleanliness is a commitment that stems from our principles and values ​​which we cherish and which were established in our hearts by the late founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan … May we all work to keep Ras Al Khaimah beautiful and green”

 

Mrs. Sara Baker, Executive Committee Member of EEG concluded the day by thanking the supporters and organisers: “I would like to express my overwhelming happiness for the presence of all the participants who are with us today. Together, we are taking pro-active steps to protect and preserve UAE’s unique ecosystem.” She also thanked the Emirate of RAK and expressed her gratitude to Ras Al Khaimah Public Services Department for their effective contribution to the success of the campaign, Fujairah Plastic Factory for providing biodegradable plastic bags,  Almarai for providing juices and Al Ihsan Charity for providing water.

 

After the opening speeches, the dignitaries along with the volunteers began the clean up programme enthusiastically and with high spririts! The campaign, took place in the Digdaga area and covered an area of 5 Kms with the participation of more than 144 active volunteers were all equipped with specially designed cotton T-shirts and Caps, cotton gloves and biodegradable plastic bags and containers for the collection of waste, collected more than 434 kg of waste.

 

As an accredited body of the UN Environment (UNEP), EEG is proud to announce that the Clean Up UAE campaign will serve as an effective implementation platform for the following sustainable development goals: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on Earth; Goal 17: Partnerships for Goals.

Emirates Environmental Group presents “Let’s Heal: Ocean Health”

By | Panel Discussion

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a UAE-based professional working group, with the mission of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the country, held a panel discussion on the topic of “Let’s Heal: Ocean Health” on the 30th of Janaury at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The event was conducted in association with the Arabia CSR Network, Emirates Green Building Council, Clean Energy Business Council and with strategic support from the United Nations Environment Programme. The 1st Panel Discussion of the year was sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and Adeeb Group.

 

“The panel discussion, earlier known as ‘community lectures’, is an annual EEG event that began in 2003. We are proud to start 2019 with a strong topic, an impressive line up of speaker and with a strong attendance at the capital city of Abu Dhabi. The event will strengthen the information platform on ocean health in the region and globally by bringing together environmentally conscious global citizens, who are interested in learning more and understanding about the challeneges and oppurtunities in conserving our oceans. Focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14, the panel discussion will address marine conservation, desalination, effective partnerships and  waste water treatment”, said Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group.

 

Oceans cover over 70% of the globe, however they absorb up to 93% of the planet’s extra heat due to climate change. Over half the air we breathe comes from the ocean, and it stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Despite being the lifeblood of planet earth that drives the weather, support economies, facilitate commerce, regulate temperatures and support the majority of life on planet earth, – the oceans remain one of the least explored, unmapped, unobserved places known to humans. More than 80% of our ocean is unmapped, which means, we currently have more detailed understanding of the surface of the moon and mars than we do of our oceans.

 

The  UAE has a special relationship with the Ocean – historically, culturally and economically. Historically, our deep connection to pearl diving and sea trade routes have been well known for centuries and form an integral part of Emirati culture and identity. Today, a huge part of the economy – fishing, shipping, leisure, tourism all depend on our oceans, and it is what drives and sustains this great nation that so many nationalities proudly call their home. The UAE waters are also home to a unique and wonderful array of plant and wildlife such as the dugongs, dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales and mangroves that are rich in biodiversity. Finally, as desert environment a huge part of water needs is also met by the ocean through the process of desalination

 

The critical topic of Ocean Health was  strategically covered in full scope, bringing together a diverse panel of speakers. The expert panelists from Emirates Global Aluminium, Dubai Municipality, Convention on Migrratory Species – United Nations Environment Programme and Adeeb Group represented their entities and shared their expertise and knowledge in the field of water conservation, marine ecology, effective partnerships, water treatment and more. The meaningful panel discussion explored how UAE is leading the fight on ocean health and the challenges we as a species face locally and globally. The presentations were followed by a lively intractive session where the experts and audience members shared information, discussed queires and uncovered the truths and complexities of our oceans.

 

Notes for Editors:

Emirates Environmental Group (EEG): EEG is a professional working group established in 1991 devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programmes and community involvement. The organisation is open to all nationalities. The EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organisation of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). EEG is the member of the UN Global Compact and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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