DP World, DEWA convert containers into refugee classrooms

DUBAI, 4th November 2016 (WAM)– Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and DP World, the global port operator, have completed the transformation of out-of-service shipping containers into classrooms for refugee camps, another successful initiative of the Carbon Ambassador Programme.

Inspired by nature, recycling and technology, eight young Emirati women from DP World worked on the project and created a classroom for children who are in need of educational assistance and better learning environments.

The unique space will give refugee children access to real-life, working sustainable technologies, while enabling them and developing their thinking toward building a sustainable future for their communities.

The second edition of the Dubai Carbon Programme was organised once again in collaboration with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

DP World provided all participating groups with six containers to convert them as part of their projects which were displayed at the 18th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2016), organised by DEWA from 4th-6th October, 2016 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The project was sponsored by DP World and worked on by its employees, raising awareness on environmental issues by using sustainable material in the construction of the classrooms and by employing renewable resources such as solar energy to fuel the running of air-conditioning and electronic equipment.

The Carbon Ambassador Programme aims to promote a culture of sustainable development among fresh graduates and young employees through engaging them in green activities planned by different public and private sector organisations.

“To achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and help enhance Dubai‚Äôs position as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy, DEWA organises the Carbon Ambassadors Programme in collaboration with Dubai Carbon. DEWA adopts a clear strategy to develop national staff. This reflects our efforts to achieve the objectives of our wise government, in adherence with the Carbon Abatement Strategy, to reduce carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2020,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“The Carbon Ambassador Programme is a shining example of that kind of partnership. It forms part of our strategy to involve Emirati youth in promoting sustainable development and to support the visionary leadership of the country in achieving the UAE Vision 2020 2021 to build a green economy in tandem with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO.

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