CW In Focus | Can construction help the world cut single-use plastic?

Major UAE construction stakeholders share insights on how their businesses are tackling the global problem

While the benefits of plastic are undeniable – the oil-derived product is easy to make, cheap, and lightweight – the issue of plastic waste is also a global crisis that all sectors and industries are working to tackle.

According to a 2018 UN report, the most common single-use plastics littering the planet include cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags.

Studies suggest that the total economic damage to the world’s marine ecosystem caused by plastic amounts to at least $13bn every year, as cited by the report.

As one of the region’s largest employers, the GCC’s construction sector has a central role in ramping up its sustainability efforts in a bid to reduce its single-use plastic impact.

With this in mind, the Dubai-based branch of UK headquartered engineering consultancy Cundall recently hosted a round table discussion on single use plastics and their increasingly alarming environmental impact.

In its capacity as exclusive media partner, Construction Week caught up with various event attendees hailed from across the region’s building sector.

In this latest episode of Construction Week In Focus, they share their thoughts on the severity of single-use plastics waste crisis, offering suggestions on how the industry can make improvements.

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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