Special report: Resource management
CW analyses the business of waste management in the Gulf region
Welcome to Construction Week’s Special Report on the business of resource management. Waste, as we shall discover is a mounting problem as populations grow across the region.
As Imdaad’s chief operating officer points out that the UAE is one of the biggest per-capita producers of garbage in the world.
Although this is quite a shameful statistic, it is one that is being addressed, and the focus of governments across the emirates on reducing waste and environmental sustainability is considerably higher than in many other emerging economies.
It goes without saying that the construction sector needs to play its part. A report which was published by research firm Frost & Sullivan in June 2012 indicated that the industry is responsible for around 55% of all of the waste produced in the GCC – a figure which is even more shocking when one considers that at the time it was only responsible for around 5.6% of total GDP.
As markets have improved over the past 18 months – particularly in real estate – construction is expected to outperform wider GDP in most territories, which is why it is so important that the industry needs to implement better working practices to cut some of its biggest waste excesses now.
Resource management: A greener way of life
Resource Management: Waste handling plant and machinery
Resource management: Soft services and consulting
Resource management: Landfill gas case study
Resource management: Education & raising awareness
Resource management: Policies and technologies