UAE climate change ministry unveils Winnow AI's tool to cut food waste
Dubai Municipality, Hilton among signatories added to UAE Food Waste Pledge at event led by climate change, AI ministers
The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (Moccae) co-launched tech company Winnow's Vision – an artificial intelligence-driven (AI) platform to help chefs track food items routinely wasted and adjust their purchasing lists and menus to slash costs – and add signatories such as Dubai Municipality, Etihad Airways, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, JA Resorts and Hotels, and Mayar Facilities Management Co, a subsidiary of Al Barakah Holding, to the UAE Food Waste Pledge.
Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, jointly headed the event, with Al Zeyoudi stating that the UAE pledge – launched in collaboration with Winnow in mid-2018 – aligned with UN Sustainability Development Goals' (SDGs) focus on Responsible Consumption and Production.
Al Zeyoudi said the pledge showcased the UAE’s commitment to meet the global target to cut food waste by 50% by 2030, adding: “To ensure that we can achieve the transformative change, I invite the entire hospitality sector in the UAE to join our pledge and commit to reducing food wastage now.”
Speaking on the collaboration with private-sector entity Winnow, Al Olama added: “The UAE strives to leverage AI technologies to meet the UN’s SDGs and improve its performance in the global competitiveness indexes.
"Doing so requires synergies between the public and private sectors across the board.”
Winnow’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Marc Zornes, said the UAE hospitality sector was "leading the charge in the global fight against food waste".
According to UAE state news agency, Wam, he added: “These pioneers have proved that it is possible to do the right thing for both their business bottom lines and the planet.
"However, we are just getting started, and we look forward to scaling our impact with our partners as we work to achieve an ambitious target.”