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UAE: A hazard to the environment?
According to the Global Footprint Network, the UAE consumes 12.3 times its resources
August 31, 2014 9:37 by Nadine Sayegh
The UAE has one of the world’s highest per capita ecological footprints on the entire planet.
While the nation has a multitude of reasons to be proud of its achievements, this is certainly not one of them.
Residents and citizens of the country consume 12.3 times the nation’s energy capabilities, which is not only a great cost to the world’s resources, but also to the local economy.
However, the governing institutions in the country have realised that this is a problem that needs to be solved, and quickly.
Yesterday (August 27), His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a new Cabinet decree, No. 26 for 2014, stating that all businesses importing, exporting or re-exporting substances that negatively affect the ozone layer must register with authorities for a permit.
In addition, the transport or ownership of devices, equipment and products containing harmful substances will also require a permit.
The Ministry of Environment and Water will also take new reductive and preventative measures against the harm of the ozone.
While it is a great step on the large scale, it is important that citizens and residents of the UAE do their part in reducing waste in order to decrease our carbon footprint.
Here are a few things you can do to reduce waste:
1. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, a simple step to help minimise waste
2. Adjust your air conditioning to 24°, according to DEWA, you will save approximately 160,000 tons of emissions if your AC is constantly at this temperature
3. Turn off the lights during daytime
4. Irrigate your garden and water your plants either at night time or very early in the morning
5. Turn off your lights whenever you are not in a room or when you leave the house