Dubai hotel reduces plastic bottle consumption by 1.4 million pieces per year
Executive Director of the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing of Dubai Issam Kazim, at a speech at Climate Future Week spoke about the success of a Dubai hotel to reduce plastic waste.
It was learnt that the hotel previously used around 117,000 500ml single-use bottles every month. After the introduction of measures to protect the environment, the amount of plastic consumed by the hotel was reduced by 1.4 million pieces per year. In addition, the hotel has installed a filtered water bottling machine, supplying reusable glass bottles to each room.
The name of the Dubai hotel remained unknown, but statistics given at the lecture showed that by switching to filtered water, the 800-room hotel was able to prevent up to 116 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere per year.
A key role in this was played by the unique Dubai Can initiative, launched in the emirate in 2022. The main aim of the project was to phase out plastic bottles. Under Dubai Can, locals and visitors were encouraged to use reusable containers by filling them with fresh water at 40 water filling stations. The Dubai Can programme achieved significant savings not only for individuals but also for businesses through the installation of water filters.
“By reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bottles, Dubai Can aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions and reduce pollution,” Mr Kazim told the meeting.
It may be recalled that Climate Future Week, a major event to raise awareness on climate change, kicked off in Dubai on Tuesday, 26 September 2023. The event is timed to coincide with the “UAE Year of Sustainable Development”, and is being held in preparation for the COP28 climate summit.
It is organised by the Museum of the Future and think tank Fiker Institute. The event will be attended by government ministers, senior officials, business leaders and sustainability experts from around the world.
Source: The National
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