Case Studies

    Eco foot print




    Initiative Goal:

    Highlight the environmental footprint of the UAE and seek to improve it by promoting cooperation between government and private entities.

    Initiative Theme:

    • Reduce the environmental footprint of the UAE
    • Develop environmental data in the UAE, and encourage all entities to participate and provide information
    • Develop methodologies to raise the level of awareness and cultural transformation to preserve natural resources

    Targets and Results:


    Heroes of the UAE Campaign:


    • The campaign targeted houses, schools, government and public sectors in order to raise awareness of the importance of preserving electricity and water
    • A cartoon film that tells the story of the daily life of a UAE individual referring to the environmental complications in consumption behaviour, and how to transform into a green and sustainable environment
    • A website containing environmental footprint calculation tools which can be used by the community
    • Amend 46% of marine environment indicators
    • 30 companies pledged to contribute to further the goal of Heroes of the UAE campaign, through the rationalisation of water and electricity consumption
    • A set of tools in the campaign’s website for companies to rationalise the consumption of water and electricity
    • Community events and participation of more than 25000 people
    • Renovation work to a number of school and companies to minimise water and electricity consumption
    • Participation of more than 125 schools in contests about climate change and rationalising consumption

    Standards of Air Conditioners:


    • Development of an integrated system to classify air conditioners with high efficiency in energy consumption
    • Prevent the import of non-compliant air conditioning units to the UAE as of January 2012
    • The ban will help reduce the consumption of electricity in the UAE at a rate between 12-30%, and save up to AED 250 million a year

    Developing lighting policies for the residential sector:


    • In cooperation with Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, specifications for energy-efficient lighting system have been developed with a star system

    Management of pesticides




    Initiative Goal:

    Create a national integrated system for pesticide management, monitoring pesticide trading and use. The initiative aimed at protecting consumers from food contaminated with residues of pesticides by detecting pesticides in imported agricultural products and food commodities. This initiative promotes environmental sustainability, food security and bio-diversity and achieves food safety in the UAE.

    Initiative Theme:

    • Develop and update laws and legislations of pesticides
    • Trading and using pesticides and a comprehensive disease prevention program
    • Detection of pesticides residues in food

    Targets and Results:

    Update legislations for registering and importing pesticides in the UAE through:


    • Re-formation of pesticide registration committee in accordance with the Ministerial Resolution No. (220) of 2012 to include members of local authorities. The committee shall have the competence to propose legislations and systems for recording and handling pesticides, update lists of banned and restricted pesticides, control the imported volumes of pesticides and organise its trade
    • Ministerial Resolution No. (409) of 2009 regarding the executive order of pesticides law of the GCC states
    • Updating lists of restricted and banned pesticides by issuing a yearly ministerial resolution
    • Preparing a draft cabinet resolution to amend Ministerial Resolution No. 235 of 2004 regarding the Executive Order of Federal Law No. 41 of 1992 on Agricultural Pesticides
    • Developing a mechanism for evaluating pesticides imported into the UAE in order to update the list of banned and restricted pesticides annually based on provisions of international conventions on pesticides and based on recognised international studies
    • Create a database of all importing companies in order to control the volumes of imported pesticides
    • Cabinet resolution organising the trade of public health pesticides in order to tighten controls on trading public health pesticides through regulating the work of pest control companies by developing provisions for licensing workers in this field and placing special requirements for pesticide stores, transfers of pesticides and the safe disposal of empty containers
    • Setting up an electronic system for the management of imported pesticides in the UAE with the aim of providing information on the types, locations and amounts of pesticides used in the UAE
    • Preparing a guide to inspect the trading of pesticides in coordination with all local authorities in the UAE to standardise procedures and the implementation mechanism in the UAE

    As for trading and using pesticides and the comprehensive disease prevention program:


    • Implement training programs (lectures + field days) in the field of promoting the adoption of agricultural patterns which reduce the use of pesticides and aims at disseminating knowledge about alternative methods of pest control (biocontrol) to farmers.
    • Prepare publications to educate the public on how to deal with pesticides in both Arabic and English to define dangers of pesticides, classification and methods of proper storage and safe handling of spills, burning, as well as define the integrated management of pest control
    • Prepare a draft manual of registered pesticides in the UAE in order to tighten controls on pesticides by educating the community about the pesticides authorised for use in the UAE and defining their risks and toxicity

    As for detection of pesticides residues in food:


    • Increase the number of analysed samples annually by developing work methods, namely, extraction by organic solvents. Adopt modern methods that use eco-friendly chemicals and solvents
    • Participate in FAPAS since 2004 where the laboratory participated during 2011 in a set of 11 efficiency assessment sessions and achieved very advanced results, of which some ranked first and second, making it in the top 10 laboratories among 200 laboratories from 33 countries participating in the analysis
    • Maintain the adoption of laboratory services of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) since 2004
    • Inauguration of a laboratory in Sharjah in 2011 that serve the Northern Emirates and has qualified personnel trained on the latest technologies used in the detection of pesticide residues and pesticide estimation in fruits and vegetables according to the latest global analysis methods
    • Set up a training program for agricultural quarantine inspectors and analysts in the laboratories of the UAE by the IAEA / FAO to know the proper ways to take food samples for the analysis of pesticide residue

    green appplication iniative





    Initiative Goal:

    • Conserve energy and water consumption in government buildings and seek to reduce the carbon footprint of such buildings.

    Initiative Theme:

    Ministry of Environment and Water should circulate the decision to government entities in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings by:

    • Replacing regular light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs, and using sensors that operate when needed in some areas such as corridors and warehouses
    • Setting cooling temperatures at workplaces to 22-24°
    • Installing water conservation devices in all facilities

    The Ministry of Environment and Water has, in corporation with SKGEP, added the category of distinguished federal entity in the field of green applications and the excellence standards of such category

    Targets and Results:

    • This initiative aims at reducing electricity consumption in government buildings at rates comparable to the reduction that has been achieved in the building of the Ministry of Environment and Water. By the end of 2009, the Ministry of Environment and Water re-designed the environmental strategy of its office in Dubai, through the use of modern techniques to conserve the consumption of energy and water, which resulted in:
    • Reduce water consumption by 44%
    • Reduce electricity consumption by 24%
    • Reduce the annual carbon emissions of the building from 908 tons of carbon dioxide to 691 tons, which is equal to 24% reduction in the volume of emissions

    According to data from the Ministry of Finance, the bill for electricity consumption in government organisations amounted to about AED 303 million, while the bill for water consumption amounted to around AED 100 million in 2009. By applying the same techniques used by the Ministry of Environment and Water to reduce consumption and emissions, there is a possibility to reduce the electricity bill by more than AED 72 million, and water bill by about AED 44 million.