Carbon Ambassadors Programme

Initiative to transform used service containers into sustainable agricultural containers


By Shereen Shabnam

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment will sponsor the Sustainable Agriculture Container, a project developed by the second batch of the Carbon Ambassadors Programme according to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).


The initiative aims to bring forward the fundamentals of sustainable development and protect the environment. The commendable project aims to transform used service containers into sustainable agricultural containers, to spread environmental awareness, and encourage people to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.


The programme has theory and practical sessions with 3 learning modules that vary between e-learning courses and in-class lectures. These modules include Prince2 (Project Management), Green House Gas (GHG) Accounting Training, and Energy Saving Company (ESCO) Training.


In addition to these modules, DEWA also provides a range of opportunities to delegates of the program, enabling them to participate in global conferences, and workshops on sustainability such as COP21 in Paris, France, the IRENA Assembly, and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.


The practical aspect of the programme consists of implementing turn-key projects, in partnership with a number of government and private entities. The project aims to retrofit service containers, into sustainably functioning containers. The delegates have been assigned teams, under the supervision of partners. A panel of judges will evaluate the projects, and select the best three teams.


"In line with our leadership’s directives, we are pleased to collaborate with the various entities in the country in order to attain development and prosperity,” said Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.


 “In adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Dubai Plan 2021, to make Dubai sustainable with its resources and make its environmental elements clean, healthy, and sustainable, DEWA is committed to involving the youth in achieving sustainable development objectives, as part of the UAE Vision 2021, to transform the UAE into one of the best countries in the world by 2021.


We greatly appreciate the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s efforts towards supporting green initiatives and development projects. These include the projects that focus on predicting the future, and contribute towards providing a more sustainable environment for generations to come. The Carbon Ambassadors are the next generation of leaders and experts who will implement ambitious National strategies and plans as well as contribute to innovating new initiatives and programmes, to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to establish Dubai's position as a global hub for clean energy and energy efficiency,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.  


DEWA won the Training Initiative of the Year Award from the Emirates Green Building Council, for the Carbon Ambassadors Programme. DEWA sponsors the programme to involve youth in environmental and sustainability issues.



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