EEG drums up efforts to reduce food waste
The global cost of discarding food waste annually has reached a staggering AED1.5 trillion
Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) organised a Panel Discussion on the topic of ‘Zero Waste: Food for Thought?’ at the Modul University, Dubai.
Reflecting on the Holy month of Ramadan, the panel discussion addressed the importance of sustainable sourcing, production and consumption of food.
As a partner of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme of UNEP, EEG hosted the discussion to strengthen the information platform on sustainable food systems for the open conversation and knowledge sharing amongst producers, consumers and other key stakeholders linked to the food industry.
For the first time in the UAE, the critical topic of sustainable production and consumption of food was strategically covered in full scope, bringing together a diverse panel of speakers, representing government, waste management, hospitality, supermarket retail, and food catering.
Abdul Aziz Al Midfa, vice chairman of EEG, moderated the discussion wherein significant questions were raised, such as how overconsumption of food is being tackled through innovative strategies.
Eng. Naji Radhi, waste management and treatment expert in Dubai Municipality, emphasised on priority activities and challenges in the reduction of food loss and organic waste, facing the planet.
The global estimated cost of discarding food waste annually has reached a staggering AED1.5 trillion.
Representing the government sector, Eng. Radhi called for decision-makers globally to raise awareness on the lack of landfill space and financial implications of high tipping fees from waste disposal and urged for more support from commercial establishments and corporate entities in source segregation.
The attendees comprised of government and private sector representatives, supermarket retailers, hospitality, academia and waste management companies across the UAE.
The event was conducted in association with the Arabia CSR Network, Emirates Green Building Council, Clean Energy Business Council and with strategic support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).