sustainability guide launched by year of sustainability in uae
Cover page of the PDF guide available on the website of Year of Sustainability Image Credit: Screengrab

Dubai: The UAE’s ‘Year of Sustainability’ initiative for 2023 has released a ‘Sustainability Guide’ that will encourage residents to adopt more sustainable habits in their lives by offering practical advice and expert insights to inspire collective action. The 17-pager is available on the UAE Year of Sustainability’s website.

The guide includes input from a selection of members from the Sustainability Experts Network, which consists of UAE-based experts on the country’s sustainability agenda, and aims to address sustainability in various fields by encouraging the public to build lasting sustainable habits, such as promoting food portioning, switching to ‘slow fashion’, adopting a more plant-based diet and reducing red meat consumption.

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Experts’ take

Rauda Al Falasi, Strategic Storytelling Manager, Year of Sustainability, said: “This first edition of the guide focuses on responsible consumption and features expert-backed recommendations by Habiba Al Marashi, Sultan Al Junaibi, Ali Al Shimmari and Nour Al Mehairi on how to approach sustainability from a multi-faceted perspective, looking at the financial, economical and health benefits of sustainable practices.”

Year of Sustainability
President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced 2023 as ‘The Year of Sustainability’. It aims to inspire sustainable practices and collective action, bringing together everyone that calls the UAE home. The year-long activations are overseen by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court and Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“The sustainability guide is a much-needed resource that is made available to the public in order to enable them to adopt sustainable habits,” said AlMheiri, “Not only is it informative and educational, but the guide is incredibly useful in that it is designed specifically with the needs of UAE residents in mind, thus making sustainability a more attainable collective goal rather than a vague ideal,” she added.

Hinting at the next release, Al Falasi said: “The upcoming editions of the guide will target behaviours addressing the conservation of resources and climate change.”