Abu Dhabi sees rise in environmental awareness
EAD survey reveals increased interest in pro-environment practices
The latest Environmental Awareness and Behaviour (EAD) Survey in Abu Dhabi has revealed an increase in environmental awareness in the Emirate, with 68% of respondents saying they participate in pro-environment practices, compared to 55% in 2012.
The survey, which spoke to about 2,000 people representing a wide range of nationalities, ages and industries in Abu Dhabi, also revealed a drastic increase in the overall level of awareness on environmental issues within the construction industry, which saw a rise from 24% in 2012 to 81% in 2013.
In addition, 88% of respondents within the construction industry expressed concern about waste management issues in their sector, as opposed to only 45% in 2012. On air quality issues, 90% of respondents reported that they understood that enhancing air quality was a priority, compared to only 7% in 2012.
Commenting on the EAD survey, Fozeya Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, director of environmental outreach at EAD, said: "The Environmental Awareness and Behaviour Survey findings have, for years, helped inform EAD's outreach focus for the coming year.”
“Consistently measuring and analysing awareness levels and the behaviour of Abu Dhabi's community helps us to better understand what motivates people,” Al Mahmoud said. “EAD continues to raise public awareness around critical environmental issues through the careful planning and execution of creative and innovative awareness campaigns."
The issue of waste management emerged as one of the most central issues in the survey, with 61% of those surveyed indicating that they understood waste management was a priority issue for the government.
63% of those surveyed working in hotels, hospitals, retail, and the private sector have reported an understanding of different environmental issues, with 62% of these respondents indicating that their organisations were taking action on environmental issues relevant to their industry.
However, water conservation practices within the community did not witness a significant change in 2013. An average of 52% of the respondents in 2013, compared to 46% in 2012, reported carrying out environmentally-friendly behaviours such as shutting their taps when not in use, etc.
According to the survey, youths aged 15-20 years demonstrated the highest levels of awareness of waste management as an environmental concern in the Emirate. The survey results also showed this age group actively searched for alternatives and efficient solutions to lessen their impact on the environment.