The Emirates Environmental Group have been able to bring together more than 123,000 volunteers to participate in the 13th edition of their campaign “Clean Up UAE”, where they successfully collected 98 tonnes of waste from 104 different locations in the UAE and this campaign took place over the course of 6th – 15th December creating another successful outcome for itself.
Mrs. Habiba Al Marashi, the Chairperson of EEG thanked all of the volunteers that proved the importance pf the topic of environmental protection, also particularly giving thanks to those members that put together this campaign, which they have been organizing year after year.
The campaign has also been able to involve governmental agencies in the campaign through their logistics support, which has played a big role in its success in the different Emirates. EEG’s Chairperson directed her thanks to the different municipalities that have taken care of the logistics and the transportation of all the waste collected and ensured their proper disposal.
The 13th cycle saw the participation of corporations and governmental agencies in the campaign and managed to build a relationship between them and the communities and individuals involved and this has had a positive impact on activities that are aimed at creating public awareness with regards to protecting our environment and the natural resources for the future generations to come.
She commended the positive contribution of the students that have proved their capabilities in being environmental protectors, especially those members of the group that have set a great example of actively participating on a yearly basis to servicing their environment.
She went on to acknowledge the sponsors of the campaign in Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – Main Sponsor, McDonalds& Deutsche Bank – Co Sponsor, Dubai Properties Group – Support Sponsors.
The Main sponsor of the campaign in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was Huawei and Supported by BP UAE.
In Sharjah the campaign was Co-Sponsored by Bee’ah – The Sharjah Environment Company
All the campaign stations were a great success, especially in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah that has was the best organized in the current round, due to the drive and momentum of the government, directing her particular gratitude to Engineer Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Head of Department of Civil Aviation in Ras Al Khaimah and his Excellency Ahmed Al Hammadi, General Manager of Ras Al Khaimah Public Works & Services Department.
Supporters from the Emirate of Fujairah included Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation and the Fujairah municipality in addition to the Al Ain municipality in the city of Al Ain. Environmental Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) was the implementing partner of the Campaign in Emirate of Sharjah with key support provided by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services.
EEG is grateful to the logistical supporters of the campaign, who were Coca Cola (Arwa), and the Almarai, and Fujairah Plastic Factories Media Sponsors included 7 Days Gulf News, Radio One and Fujairah FM.
A final note of appreciation for their efforts and hard work was extended to the Police, Civil Defence and Ambulance for providing the safety and security of the campaign and ensuring the safety of the volunteers in all locations.
Excellency Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive of DEWA stated, “DEWA’s strategy includes strengthening foundation of social responsibility by launching development projects for the welfare of all segments of society in line with our vision to become a sustainable world class utility. We support initiatives that protect the environment, and help to achieve our long-term objective of achieving the sustainable development of the Emirate of Dubai, for generations to come.”
“Our sponsorship for Clean Up UAE campaign underlines our commitment to supporting sustainable development efforts through environmental campaigns, programmes, and awareness initiatives. We work to strengthen cooperation with our partners to achieve our common goals for a better and sustainable environment.”
His Excellency added: “Our support for the environmental campaign (Clean Up UAE) comes from the keenness of the authority to support efforts of sustainable development in campaigns and environmental programs and public awareness initiatives that are launched throughout the year, where we work on strengthening cooperation with our companies in order to reach our collective target of a better environment.”
Mr. Pengxiongji, General Manager of Huawei (Main Sponsor in Abu Dhabi) commented: “Promoting energy conservation and improving efficiency within local industry is an important priority that is gaining momentum across the UAE. Through campaigns like Clean Up UAE, Huawei is privileged to volunteer together with like-minded partners to preserve the natural beauty of the communities in which we operate. As a leading global ICT solutions provider, we undertake social responsibilities by promoting harmonious social development rather than merely focusing on our own development. Huawei is keen to incorporate sustainability requirements into business operations and establishes management systems to fulfill sustainability initiatives. Looking into the future, Huawei will remain dedicated to working with partners to promote environmental protection and contribute to circular economic growth and low-carbon society.