UAE’s Bold Step Towards a Sustainable Future: The ‘Waste to Zero’ Initiative


UAE's Bold Step Towards a Sustainable Future

In a world of climate change, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken a monumental step forward. Just days before the much-anticipated Conference of the Parties (COP28), the UAE has unveiled its ambitious ‘Waste to Zero’ initiative. But what does this mean for the global community, and why should you care?

A Global Call to Action

The ‘Waste to Zero’ drive isn’t just a local endeavour. It’s a clarion call to the world, aiming to accelerate waste decarbonisation efforts and lay the foundation for a circular economy platform. This initiative is about reducing waste and transforming how we view and handle waste globally.

Year of Sustainability: A Collaborative Effort

This groundbreaking initiative is a product of collaboration between the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) and Tadweer, the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company. Their combined efforts aim to position the UAE as a global leader in sustainable action, pushing for a 43% emission reduction target by 2030. The goal? To inspire nations to embrace advanced tech solutions, especially in waste management, and champion the circular economy.

Major Players, Major Commitments

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, the UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment, emphasised the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement’s goals. She highlighted the importance of partnerships with major players in achieving the UAE’s climate commitments and the vision of Net Zero by 2050.

The waste management sector is a prime focus, contributing to an estimated 3-5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Almheiri expressed confidence in the UAE’s capability to make a significant global impact in this sector, furthering the international environmental and climate agenda.

Circular Economy: The Way Forward

Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, underscored the importance of a circular economy. This integrated economic system aligns with the global shift towards a green economy, ensuring resources are reused and recycled, reducing waste, and minimising environmental impact.

A Platform for Dialogue and Action

Eng Al Dhaheri, Tadweer MD and CEO, envisions ‘Waste to Zero’ as more than an initiative. It’s a platform for dialogue, raising awareness, and driving actionable solutions to reduce emissions from the waste sector. With partners like MoCCAE and Roland Berger, there’s a collective aspiration to inspire change and envision a sustainable future.

Transforming Crisis into Opportunity

Managing Partner at Roland Berger Middle East, Hani Tohme, highlighted the initiative’s commitment to finding innovative solutions. The goal is to turn the global waste crisis into an opportunity for growth, renewal, and resilience.

The Road Ahead

Tadweer, with the UAE MoCCAE’s leadership, will spearhead discussions, workshops, and awareness programs, both locally and internationally. The focus will be on the circular economy’s objectives, sustainable resource management, and the latest global innovations in waste management and carbon emission reduction.


The ‘Waste to Zero’ initiative is more than just a campaign; it’s a movement. It aims to address the challenges in the waste management sector, align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and contribute to climate change objectives. By attracting investments, creating employment, and reducing global reliance on natural resources, the UAE is not just setting an example but leading the way.


In conclusion, the UAE’s ‘Waste to Zero’ initiative offers hope as the world faces a climate crisis. It’s a testament to what collaborative efforts, innovative solutions, and a shared vision can achieve. Join the movement, champion the cause, and let’s work together for a sustainable future.