On December 6th, 2016, another new resourceful initiative was launched adding to an extensive successful partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Egyptian Ministry of Environment (MOE) & the Centre for Development and Environment for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE). The three partners have launched two demonstration Projects namely; "Mainstreaming Sustainable & Green Public Procurement" Project and "Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption" Project. A press conference attended by Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Regional Director and Representative for the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), Eng. Ahmed Abul Seoud, EEAA’s Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Hossam Allam, Regional Director of CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme, was conducted to announce the details of each project.
On December 4th, 2016, UN Environment Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in cooperation with Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) held a networking event for the members of the League of Arab States Joint Committee for Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) in Cairo. The event, held in a friendly dinner setting, also gathered experts in the field who are interested in promotion of cleaner fuels and improved air quality.
In the framework of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project, the second steering committee meeting was held on the 27th of September, 2016 at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) premises.
Chaired by the Director of the IT infrastructure Sector, MCIT, the meeting was attended by all members including CEDARE’s Project Management Unit, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, representatives of Ministry of Trade and Industry, representatives of Ministry of Environment, and from the Swiss side; representatives of Sofiz Institute, the Swiss Federation of materials Science and Technology Laboratories, and the Swiss embassy in Cairo.
A national Iraqi Workshop on Improving fuel quality and a Roadmap for Achieving Euro V targets on Fuels and Vehicle Emission Standard was held in Singapore on 29th-30th of August 2016, co-organized by UNEP-PCFV, UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP ROWA), Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA), and Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).
Egypt's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) hosted the launching event of the Sustainable Recycling Industries-SRI Project- in Egypt, as a result of the agreement signed by the Egyptian and the Swiss Governments. The event was attended by all the partners from the Egyptian and Swiss sides, the implementing organizations and experts and other stakeholders. On top of the list was H.E. Eng. Yasser ElKady, Egypt’s Minister of MCIT, H.E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Egypt’s Minister of Environment, H.E. Mr. Marco Leitner, the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Hossam Allam, Regional Director of CEDARE’s Sustainable Growth Programme, besides a distinguished team of experts from Switzerland. Experts from relevant ministries, civil society & NGOs, international organizations and private sector were present as well. Swiss and international experts of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), responsible for supervising the project’s implementation, participated in the event.
On May 8th, 2016, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) hosted the first meeting of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Steering Committee. Chaired by Eng. Khaled El Attar (MCIT), the committee comprised representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Trade & Industry, Ministry of Finance, Swiss Embassy, and the Project Management Unit at CEDARE.
This meeting aimed at introducing core stakeholders with SRI Project’s objectives, components, implementation plan and deliverables in addition to setting the level of involvement of each organization within the project as well as the roles and responsibilities assigned to each one, where synergy is fundamental.
Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is one of the fast-growing types of waste worldwide which includes discarded electrical or electronic equipment such as old televisions, computers, printers, mobile phones and lead batteries. High toxicity of e-waste, including lead, causes pollution and health problems if improperly disposed of through methods like incineration. On the other hand, e-waste also contains important secondary non-renewable materials such as copper. Disposal of such valuable materials means that they are lost forever and cannot be reused. This pushes countries worldwide to mine for new materials.
From an economic perspective, e-waste includes non-renewable precious components as gold, silver & copper. If totally disposed, that would absolutely impose a great financial burden on nations who would waste huge budgets again for mining, and hence the value of the Project and its sustainable outcomes such as reducing pollution, preserving non-renewable natural resources, besides creating jobs.