The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, has formed a coalition teaming up with several government and private bodies in order to advance a circular economy in the capital of the UAE.
The coalition will pilot a closed loop recycling model for plastic bottles, beverage cartons, and other packaging in Abu Dhabi.
The cooperating companies and entities include BASF, Borouge, Tetra Pak, Carrefour, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemicals, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, McDonald’s UAE, Nestlé, Procter &Gamble, PepsiCo, Unilever and Emirates Nature - WWF.
Dr. Thani bin Ahmd Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, hosted a roundtable at MOCCAE’s Abu Dhabi premises to discuss the new partnership.
During the roundtable, Saif Al Shara, assistant under-secretary for Sustainable Communities Sector, and members of the coalition signed a pledge representing a voluntary commitment to developing a circular economy model to tackle plastic and packaging waste pollution by improving mechanisms of collection and recycling.
Dr. Al Zeyoudi said: "Statistics indicate that nearly 13 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, causing annual ecological losses of over US$13bn to marine ecosystems. It is also expected that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050."
The minister went on to add that, “recognising the gravity of this issue and in a bid to address the root cause of plastic pollution, the UAE government is taking active measures to shift towards a more plastic-circular economy and adopt environment-friendly waste management solutions. Our integrated approach to waste management is in line with the country’s ambitious target of diverting 75% of municipal solid waste away from landfills by 2021.”