Dubai Airports steps up its environmental efforts

14/09/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai Airports steps up its environmental efforts

Dubai is one of the most forward-thinking city states in the world and it seems officials there are keen to consider future generations when implementing their plans for development.Sustainability is a key topic at present and Dubai Airports has demonstrated it is committed to environmental issues by stepping up its efforts to be green.The organisation said that between January and June 2012, it managed to recycle more than 530 tonnes of paper, 426 tonnes of cardboard, 54 tonnes of plastic and 13 tonnes of assorted plastic bottles and aluminium cans.All of the solid waste was collected from the millions of passengers who passed through the various terminal buildings of Dubai International Airport on their way to enjoy holidays in the emirate or meet business colleagues.Terminal 2 alone welcomes five million passenger arrivals each year, so a considerable amount of rubbish would go to landfill without a recycling programme.Chief executive of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths said: "We are increasingly focusing our efforts on limiting the impact of our operations on the environment and ultimately contributing to the development of a clean, sustainable future for a sector that contributes 28 per cent of Dubai's GDP."Green-minded individuals in Dubai will be able to take part in Clean up the World Day on Sunday (September 16th), which is organised by Dubai Airports in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme and is now in its 20th year.It sees some volunteers from 130 countries travelling to the emirate to take part in environmental projects and join together to promote green issues.Airports are not the only places in Dubai with this kind of agenda though, as Gulf News recently reported that shopping centres will need to comply with new recycling legislation by the end of 2012.Abdul Majid Saifaei, director of the Waste Management Department at the Dubai Municipality, said he wants to significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill each year.