As part of a nationwide mission to safeguard air quality in the UAE, Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading award-winning fully integrated environment and waste management company, has begun monitoring atmospheric pollutants with high levels of precision in Sharjah, by deploying the very latest in air monitoring technology.
Speaking on the news, Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO at Bee’ah said; “This development is of vital significance as we look to secure a sustainable future for Sharjah. Our Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network will utilise state-of-the-art reference methods to keep track of a vast range of data, from the composition of the air we breathe to wide-ranging meteorological parameters. This world-class initiative will help ensure we can be proud of Sharjah’s air quality”.
The initiative will see fixed monitoring stations situated in strategic locations across the emirate and another which is mobile. Locations tentatively chosen so far include residential, industrial and traffic spots, and the American University of Sharjah. The data collected will be uploaded in real time to a website that is freely accessible to the public. This data will in turn feed into the UAE’s national inventory, which will enable researchers and policy makers to perform scenarios for co-control measures and co-benefit opportunities.
In order to effectively deliver the project, Bee’ah is working closely with a number of partners: the American University of Sharjah, the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Sharjah Airport Free Zone, Hamriya Free Zone Authority and Sharjah City Municipality.
Al Huraimel referred to the developments as: “A turning point in our progress towards becoming a world leading environmental organisation”. He continued: “Our vision is to become an environmental leader; and our mission is to take every step necessary to achieve that target. Protecting the air that we breathe is a critical step in our journey, one that ensures the health and well-being of our community. This is our highest priority”.
The next steps towards the initiative’s implementation include conducting an air quality assessment study, designing an AAQM network and consulting with all regulating authorities to assess the locations of stations, parameters to be monitored and details of data acquisition, management, and distribution
The Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network features around-the-clock monitoring of key parameters including Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxides of Sulfur (SOx), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Ozone (O3), in addition to meteorological parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and atmospheric pressure.
The initiative will allow Sharjah to rank among the few cities globally to have detailed scientific data collection across a host of locations, providing real time monitoring for a wide variety of variable air quality information. In total it will measure 12 parameters, even though by federal law it is required to measure only 4 – meaning it is reaching beyond legally mandated environmental standards.
Al Huraimel emphasised Bee’ah’s central role in maintaining every aspect of Sharjah’s environmental well-being, beyond its focus on air quality. “We’re dramatically reducing Sharjah’s carbon footprint and emissions to ensure sustainability for future generations”, he said.
“We’ve built up the largest fleet of green street cleaning vehicles in the region. We’re constantly innovating, And we’re a pioneering force in environmental education, this year reaching 200,000 students through our Sharjah Environmental Awareness awards”
Bee’ah recently revealed its new headquarters, designed by the globally renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Its innovative design,inspired by sand formation created by the wind’s movement and direction, addresses advanced environmental solutions in terms of structure, work environment and visitor–staff interactivity. Fully powered by renewable energy, the building will be an icon for sustainability in the UAE.