Saudi Arabia making giant strides toward sustainable solutions

Time: 06 June 2021

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Over the past 5 years, the Kingdom has taken great strides in ‘go green’ initiatives that include everything from recycling to waste management. (Photos/Supplied)
Saudi Arabia making giant strides toward sustainable solutions


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Saudi Arabia making giant strides toward sustainable solutions


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Saudi Arabia making giant strides toward sustainable solutions


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Kholud Al-Fadhli. (Supplied)

Saudi Arabia outperformed 172 countries in preserving and protecting natural environments
JEDDAH: Within Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program is a plan to address environmental issues and implement sustainable solutions. Over the past five years, the Kingdom has taken great strides in “go green” initiatives that include everything from recycling to waste management.

Earlier this year, five national environmental centers, and an environment fund, were approved by a royal decree, as part of a national plan to regulate institutional structures in the environment sector, with climate change and sustainability two of the most important environmental challenges that Saudi Arabia faces.
Under the theme of “Generation Restoration,” Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Mansour Al-Mushaiti stated that the Kingdom was going to great effort to restore and protect ecosystems through various campaigns over the next decade.
The ministry has launched 17 initiatives to protect the environment, as well as developing meteorological services as part of the 2020 National Transformation Program.
Al-Mushaiti added that work is underway to establish a climate change center, in addition to stopping the cultivation of crops with high water needs and the introduction of environmentally friendly and water-efficient technologies, amid 64 further initiatives within the national environment strategy.
With the goal of becoming a zero waste city, Madinah municipality has partnered up with Bee’ah, a UAE company created in 2007 and considered one of the leading companies for sustainable solutions in the Middle East, to provide waste management solutions.
With projects spanning from environmental consulting to renewable energy, technology, sustainable transportation and training and development, Bee’ah has expanded into the Kingdom and has been awarded three contracts for waste management services in Madinah, encompassing 70 percent of the city and serving 1.2 million people. Services will include solid waste collection and transportation services, disinfection and sanitization of waste bins, training sessions, workshops, and awareness campaigns.


Kholud Al-Fadhli, principal of Green Leaves PlayGroup, is 11 days into creating the largest map of the world out of plastic bottle caps, and hopes to beat a previous Guinness World Record by 250 square meters.
“We are proud that Bee’ah have been tasked with deploying its world-class city cleaning and waste collection solutions for Madinah last year, and we are developing a comprehensive roadmap for waste management services to make Madinah the cleanest city in the Middle East,” Mohamed Al-Hosani, CEO of Bee’ah KSA, told Arab News.
Al-Hosani said the Kingdom is making excellent headway to promote sustainable development and to protect its environment.
Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 60 percent, increasing 50 percent of its energy capacity from renewables by 2030, and planting 50 billion trees in the Middle East.
He said the Kingdom has made a number of commitments under Vision 2030 and the G20 Summit in Riyadh last year outlining their approach to sustainability.

FASTFACTS
• Saudi Arabia ranks first globally on the Species Protection Index.

• The Kingdom ranked first in the ‘Tree cover loss’ index and ‘Wetland loss’ index.

• Work is underway to establish a climate change center in the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the leading environmental sustainability solutions provider in Saudi Arabia, Naqaa Solutions, has introduced a new sustainable product: The Reverse Vending Machine (RVM).
The RVM can be utilized to collect specific recyclables while also providing incentives. Beverage containers alone take up to 50 percent of the capacity in a standard trash bin, making the RVM ideal for schools, universities, shops, supermarkets and stadiums.
These compact machines are free-standing and take all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and aluminum containers. The RVM was created primarily to provide an easy way for the public to recycle, and was created in full compliance with European environmental directives to automatically separate and compact drink containers.
“Now more than ever before, Saudi Arabia under the ambitious leadership is heading toward sustainability in every aspect, and conserving the environment is part of achieving Saudi Vision 2030 and improving quality of life,” Mouna Eusman, co-founder of Naqaa Solutions, told Arab News.
“Our work in Naqaa is to keep up (with) and accelerate the transition to a sustainable future following the blueprint developed by the government,” she added.


Kholud Al-Fadhli, principle of Green Leaves PlayGroup, is 11 days into creating the largest map of the world out of plastic bottle caps, and hopes to beat a previous Guinness World Record by 250 square meters.
Caroline Chaptini created the world’s current largest bottle cap mosaic on May 30, 2020 in Miziara, Lebanon, measuring 196.94 square meters.
“It is an exciting idea for the Kingdom to break that record,” she said, with more than half of the map already made up of nearly 300,000 multi-colored bottle caps.
“With World Environment Day, I would like to shed light on the importance of taking care of our Earth in so many ways. I chose to collect plastic,” she told Arab News.
The idea came to her three months ago when she created a campaign to collect plastic bottle caps.
“This was for my circle of family and friends and suddenly the circle grew and it made me create a campaign to encourage people not to throw away their bottle caps, but to collect them and send them to me as I’m trying to break a world record by using these numbers of bottle caps to create a map of the world,” she said.
“I wanted to challenge myself to complete this map. I told everyone it is a good deed to recycle and once I’m done with the map, I will send all the bottle caps to Mawakeb Al-Ajer, a charity organization in Jeddah, where they will send them to recycling factories, and the factories benefit from their charity programs. It’s a self-challenge; (an) environmental and charitable goal.”

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Raising environmental awareness in Saudi children

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Saudi Arabia has made a number of efforts to protect its environment and resources. (Shutterstock)
Raising awareness starts from a young age, however, as children are inheriting a planet that is not fighting fit
JEDDAH: Foundations are being laid to increase levels of awareness and responsibility among Saudi children about caring for the planet and nurturing the environment.
Achieving environmental sustainability is one of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan’s key goals.
Many environmental awareness groups are emerging in the Kingdom, and there are also books that teach the younger generation how to use resources wisely in the future.
Raising awareness starts from a young age, however, as children are inheriting a planet that is not fighting fit.
Former early childhood educator Nourah Feteih wrote a children’s book called “Adam and The Giant.”
She spoke about her story, why she chose the topics of pollution and global warming, and presenting these issues for Saudi children.
The book, which was inspired by her son Abduljalil, was published five years ago and aims to teach children from a very young age how they can be productive members of society by caring about Earth and how to keep it clean and safe.
“He always liked to help from an early age,” she told Arab News. “He was interested in everything with regards to the environment. Whenever he saw smoke rising from car exhausts or litter anywhere in the streets, he used to make it a point that he does not like pollution and wants it to stop.”
Feteih started educating her son from home and helped instill in him the importance of preserving the environment.
“I thought what if other kids at a young age would learn about this and become productive members of society and grow with this wonderful value, to actually make a great difference for your environment and your planet.”
Philanthropy is a cause very close to Feteih’s heart, and publishing “Adam and The Giant” was a way to give back to her community. She stressed that it was important to teach children about the environment at a young age, and highlighted how they loved to help out and feel included.
“I strongly believe that it’s in children’s nature to help in any way they can, and (they) have the drive of curiosity and learning innately. So, teaching them the value of caring about their environment and teaching them how it affects the planet they live on is a significant added value that they will grow up learning and will carry with them as adults.”
Saudi Arabia has made a number of efforts to protect its environment and resources, while also promoting environmental awareness through various initiatives.
Community groups have been actively engaging with the public and focusing their activities to include families and children.
Environmental awareness groups such as Hejaz Ploggers — jogging while picking up litter — have caught the attention of Saudi youth for their combination of sports and an environmental cause.
There is also a rising number of sustainability solution providers in Saudi Arabia such as Naqaa Sustainability Solutions, which is one of the Kingdom’s first social enterprises.
It was established in 2011 and has been providing waste management programs and community engagement initiatives as well as other services. Some of the activities include collecting waste, talking about environmental problems, separating waste in malls and children’s play areas, and also visiting farms and garden centers.
These two groups are among those that have taken the initiative to play a helping hand in advising children and families alike about the importance of keeping the environment clean, preserving it and ensuring that solutions can one day replace problems.

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