How we help businesses and government
Regardless of its ownership, structure, sector, size or location, every single organisation in Abu Dhabi – from a multinational or government HQ to a small supermarket – has some impact on the environment.
EAD works with organisations to help minimise their environmental impact and develop more sustainable methods.
We do this first of all by raising organisations’ awareness of the environmental issues that Abu Dhabi faces and giving them access to our ever-expanding bank of resources.
These resources offer practical advice, information and ‘best practice’ case studies to help any organisation make its own operation more sustainable.
We also provide a range of simple, useful and immediately deployable tools. These resources and tools are freely available to any Abu Dhabi organisation in its effort to be more environmentally sustainable. If you would like to share with us your own best practices or ideas, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact
Our main initiatives
EAD has developed a series of guides for the business and government community to adopt more environmentally sustainable operations and practices.
The issues tackled in these guides are directly related to the environmental priorities facing Abu Dhabi. The 2013/14 series addresses water resources, waste and groundwater.
The guides provide background to the individual issue, an understanding of how this applies to business and what can be done, and signposts to help implement the required behaviour change.
Green Business Campaign
Based on the core message “Green Business is Good Business”, Green Business is an umbrella campaign that will drive awareness and behaviour change to support environmentally sustainable practices and operations in the business and government community in Abu Dhabi.
This was launched mid 2014.
The Groundwater Intervention Project
EAD is spearheading the conservation of the Emirate’s vital groundwater reserves via a comprehensive three-year groundwater intervention project which encourages the sustainable use of groundwater especially in the agricultural sector.
In partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the Farmers’ Services Center, EAD is engaging with the farming community, associated businesses and industries, government entities and key decision makers to create awareness of this critical issue and drive positive action to support the sustainable use of groundwater.
The Environment Charter
The Environment Charter summarises and highlights the key environmental challenges facing Abu Dhabi and the proposed solutions in an engaging film format. A range of supporting collaterals for business, government and community audiences will also be available in mid 2014.
The Eltezam Industrial Compliance campaign for the Ready Mix sector was launched in October 2013.
With the one-month grace period having come to an end, EAD’s inspectors have set out to ensure that the sector is complying with environmental permit conditions, and to ensure that the amount of Particulate Matter (PM) released into the atmosphere from facilities is limited. PM is one of the primary by-products of cement mixing and is considered an air pollutant.
EAD launched the second phase of its ‘Eltezam Campaign’ in 2014 targeting the Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) manufacturing sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to provide guidance on environmental permit requirements and to enforce their compliance on minimising risks to the environment and public health.
Liwa Date Festival
The Liwa Date Festival is an important and long standing event for the agricultural sector in the Emirate. We participate in this yearly event, taking the opportunity to focus on a number of key issues including groundwater, water conservation, the relevant environmental laws and EAD’s role as regulator of those laws.
For one day a year, we call on organisations, schools and individuals to reduce wasteful paper use. This action has highlighted just how easy it is to make better paper related decisions.
Many participants have already seen the benefits; it saves money, it saves time and it encourages a more resource-savvy approach to life and doing business.
November 20th 2013 marked the sixth year of Paperless Day. Since its inception, support for the initiative has gone from strength to strength with over 300,000 people participating.
Paperless Day is celebrated on the 3rd Wednesday of every November. In 2014 this will be November 19.
National Environment Day
Each year on February 4th, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment celebrates National Environment Day under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
World Water Day
World Water Day is an international event held each year on March 22nd. EAD conducts an event to mark it, employing a strategy of highlighting one single issue each year.
Earth Hour is an annual international event created by WWF that calls on government, organisations and households to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour; and then, ideally, to go beyond the hour with their energy saving activity. Each year we promote Earth Hour within the business and government community while, of course, taking part in it ourselves.
Earth Hour is particularly relevant here in Abu Dhabi as GHG emissions per capita – which contribute to climate change – are among the highest in the world, driven in part by our unsustainable consumption of desalinated water and energy. Reducing that consumption and using water and energy more efficiently are quick and easy ways we can all play an active role in lessening the impact of climate change.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated internationally on June 5th, with a specific theme for each year.