UAE and South Korea host workshop on waste management and circular economy

UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Seoul Metropolitan Government share best practice on recycling

Park Won-soon, mayor of Seoul and HE Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoud UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment
Park Won-soon, mayor of Seoul and HE Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoud UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment

UAE and South Korean government entities have held a workshop on waste management and the circular economy in the UAE capital.

The event was intended to highlight best practices in waste management with a special focus on the Seoul Upcycling Plaza, the world’s largest upcycling cultural complex space.

The workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer), and a delegation from Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) headed by Mayor Park Won-soon.

HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Jaber Al Jabri, Deputy Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), and Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Acting General Manager of Tadweer participated in the workshop. In addition to the Korean delegation, experts from MOCCAE, Tadweer, and EAD also attended the event.

Mayor Park said: “The upcycle industry uses all kinds of waste generated every day to create products based on innovative designs. This industry of the future has the potential to resolve urban and social problems. It was fascinating for me to learn that the UAE, one of the largest oil-producing countries in the world, is looking for a growth engine to prepare for a post-fossil fuel future. In particular, I was impressed to hear of the country’s keen interest in learning more about our successful Seoul Upcycling Plaza.

“We look forward to cooperating with the UAE in promoting the upcycling industry and bringing the resource circulation culture to the Middle East and North Africa region.”

HE Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “Around the world, waste generation rates continue to surge, with statistics indicating that they will rise by as much as 70% between 2016 and 2050. When poorly managed, waste is a breeding ground for toxins and microbes that contaminate the air, soil, and water. It also generates harmful methane gas – a key contributor to climate change. This is why an effective, integrated, and socially supported waste management program is crucial when it comes to safeguarding human health and the environment.”

“Effective waste management is a core priority of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. Our integrated approach to waste management is in line with the country’s ambitious target of diverting 75 percent of municipal solid waste away from landfills by 2021.”

MOCCAE and SMG signed an MoU in February this year, to exchange best practice on waste recycling, and the workshop was part of this collaboration.

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