SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

By virtue of Vision 2021, the UAE is striving to diversify its income resources to become a successful model of a green economy. In line with the nation’s vision, the UAE Cabinet approved the Green Agenda 2030 as a framework to guide actions that support the transition. The framework is based on 5 strategic objectives and is supported by 12 main programs. In addition, to ensure the achievement of SDG 12, the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) is in the process of integrating the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in a national plan to help streamline the concept in sectoral plans and strategies, sustainable business practices and consumer behaviour.

CUD is concerned with sustainable consumption and production, which is why students and the community are educated about this process, in addition to having policies where the commitment to create a better society is reaffirmed.

This course addresses Sanitation and management principles of community problems related to waste disposal, vector control, food and milk protection, swimming pools, and recreation activities. Topics include: Sustainable Yield & Natural remediation, Environmentally-incurred disease, Zoonotic diseases, Insects and other pests, Integrated Pest Management, Food Quality and Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Food Bio Security Issues, Solid Waste Management, Recreational Facilities, Milk Products.

As part of the course learning outcome, students from Management of Domestic and Hazardous Wastes Class (ENV 407) visited Dubai Municipality's Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility in Jebel Ali, accompanied by Dr. Rashed Karkain. This visit expanded the horizon of understanding and the importance of proper segregation of hazardous and Medical Wastes, safe transportation and technological innovations in effective and efficient treatment of such as well as environmentally sound disposal. The visit further educated students on the importance of implementation of an Integrated Waste Management System towards protecting the environment and achieving objectives of Climate Change in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Plastic policy

Within CUD there is knowledge to help the government and promote awareness about plastics, within the university, research and projects implement comprehensive cross-cutting actions, essential to achieve sustainable management of single-use plastics. Likewise, a mechanism for evaluating the results of the plan and a mechanism for managing resources to support implementation are organized and established.

CUD Health Centre inagreement with the MedicalWaste management company Dulscoon yearly basis.CUD Health Centre in compliance with all laws, guidance rules, standards, policies and codes issued by the applicable authorities in the UAE.

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The university has processes and regulations related to food consumption, seeking to ensure that the university's food is of the highest possible quality, also helping the country's production. In addition to this, CUD has ethics to avoid wasting food and guarantee its use in agricultural projects.

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Faculty members from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) were in attendance at the recent unveiling of Solar Decathlon Middle East, an international university competition that aims to promote sustainable, energy-efficient living.

The Solar Decathlon, which originated in the United States, challenges university teams from around the world to design, build and operate a house that is completely self-sufficient in terms of energy creation and consumption. Dubai will be joining the competition in 2018 and the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East to host the event two years later, in conjunction with Expo 2020.

During the final stage of the competition, the teams will assemble their houses and open them up to the general public, while undergoing evaluation against ten different contest criteria. The winning design will showcase the best blend of affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence, with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has partnered with global Foods and Beverages company, PepsiCo, to help promote environmental sustainability through the reduction of single-use plastic on campus. The collaboration aims to encourage a culture of refill and reuse through the Aquafina Water Station, a new hydration platform that has already saved an average of more than 1,800 bottles per week since installation.

As part of the agreement, CUD has become an early adopter of the Aquafina Water Stations, enabling the university community to reuse plastic and minimize associated waste. During the first six weeks of operation, the three installations have helped save a total of 11,090 plastic bottles, 109,502 ounces of water, and the equivalent of 14 planted trees. The platform also measures the prevention of carbon dioxide emissions and has helped eliminate over 865Kg of emissions so far.

This process of recycling and less waste of water helps in the process of caring for marine life that is affected by the disposal of bottles and bags in the oceans. In addition to taking care of the water that is an indispensable source of life for UAE.

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