Participants from both countries during the workshop in Dubai.
Business Bureau, Gulf Today
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) hosted a joint workshop on cleaner production for the industrial sector in Dubai.
Drawing the participation of specialists from the government, industry, and academia, the event took place within the framework of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two entities in February 2019 to strengthen strategic cooperation in cleaner production and eco-industrial development.
During the workshop, the two parties discussed their respective countries’ experiences and policies regarding cleaner production processes, as well as the challenges they face in promoting eco-industrial development.
The UAE participants provided an overview of the UAE Green Agenda (2015-2030) and the UAE National Sustainable Production & Consumption Plan (2019-2030). They presented Emirates Global Aluminium, the world’s largest premium aluminium producer, as a prime example of UAE industrial companies’ commitment to green production. They also highlighted the environment-friendly features of the MOCCAE headquarters in Dubai that has obtained Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council, making it the first federal government building to receive the highest rating in building design and energy efficiency in the region.
Meanwhile, the Korean participants outlined their cleaner production model, using the industrial park in Ulsan as an example.
The workshop also provided an opportunity for specialists from the two countries to network with their peers, members of academia and industry representatives, as well as policy makers.