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UAE’s move to extend ‘Year of Sustainability’ reflects nation’s seriousness about climate change

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UAE's move to extend 'Year of Sustainability' reflects nation's seriousness about climate change

Building upon the success of last year’s initiatives, the UAE has decided to continue the ‘Year of Sustainability’ to continue its commitment to fostering environmental consciousness and sustainable practices throughout the country.

President Sheikh Mohamed made the announcement on Feb 4 on the National Environmental Day. “Building on the UAE Consensus achieved at COP28, we will continue to work hand in hand with the global community to pursue a more sustainable future for all.”

The Year of Sustainability 2023 marked remarkable achievements in raising awareness about the UAE’s sustainability initiatives and principles. The campaign encouraged behaviour changes that inspired collective progress towards a more sustainable society.

Year of Sustainability invites residents to give ideas

This year’s sustainability campaign is an open invitation to all individuals residing in the UAE, as it seeks to involve people in the collective effort to adopt sustainable practices and instill a sense of responsibility among the country’s immensely diverse population.

The Year of Sustainability team invites residents to contribute their ideas and initiatives, welcoming suggestions for impactful activities, innovative initiatives and community-driven projects via email at [email protected].

This inclusive approach encourages active participation and fosters a sense of ownership and shared responsibility. Further announcements detailing the upcoming year-long activities and initiatives are expected to be made soon.

The alarming carbon footprint of healthcare settings

In another recent development in the Emirates, the Medlab Middle East concluded on February 7, inviting experts from across the globe to discuss the importance of laboratories adopting sustainable and eco-friendly practices in their operations.

Globally, hospitals and healthcare organisations are responsible for 8 to 10% of global heating, with medical laboratories accounting for a large proportion of plastic consumption in the healthcare industry. The conference highlighted the need for labs to adopt green practices.

Showcasing game-changing laboratory products and the latest innovations, Medlab Middle East featured 900 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and thousands of professionals from different specialities. Following next is Medlab West Africa – from April 22 to 24.

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