Middle East Sustainability innovations of the 21st century :
Recently, companies, society, and individuals have invested in protecting the environment. As a result, technological advancements have played a prominent role in generating green energy, managing pollution, and reducing waste.
What is Green Tech?
The application of technology and research to lessen human environmental impacts is referred to as “green tech” or “green technology.” Energy, atmospheric science, agriculture, material science, and hydrology are just a few of the many scientific disciplines under the umbrella of “green technology.”
Sustainable Innovations and Projects of the 21st Century in the Middle East
The projects and initiatives of some companies in this region have been highlighted below:
1. Al Ain Plant-Based Bottle.
Abu Dhabi-based Agthia Group announced that it would produce the region’s first plant-based water bottle for its Al Ain bottled water brand. The bottle, including the cap, is made of 100% environmentally friendly material from plant sources without using petroleum or its by-products and will consume 60% less energy.
2. Al Dhafra SPV IPP (Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Producer):
This project in Abu Dhabi is projected to be one of the largest single-site solar power plants globally. Furthermore, there is an expectation that it will lessen CO2 emissions in Abu Dhabi by more than 2.4 million metric tons per year when fully active.
3. DataXion’s Data Centre.
DataXion’s data centre in Tunisia uses green technology and other engineering solutions that Schneider Electric has provided. In North Africa, it is known as one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable data centres. Over the past four years, Schneider Electric’s technology has enabled the site to use 35% less energy.
4. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Abu Dhabi will build the world’s largest single-site solar park. The project will save over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions yearly; it will have the region’s first solar-powered green hydrogen plant, covering 10,000 square meters.
5. Queen Alia International Airport.
This airport in Jordan is the first carbon-neutral airport in the Middle East. By reducing the rate of power consumption, The airport was able to save $1.5 million. It also reduced CO2 emissions by 7.8% per passenger, from 3.6kg in 2014-2016 to 3.4kg in 2017.
Other sustainability innovations in the Middle East include HSBC Tower in the U.A.E, Nestle Solar PV Panels and Dorna Initiatives across the middle east and Egypt, and Converge Polyols Technology in Saudi Arabia.
Benefits of Green Tech Sustainability Innovations for the Middle East
What environmental benefits does green technology provide? The benefits are both economical, environmental, and social. Economically, sustainability projects generate improved efficiency. With a reduced need to purchase expensive raw materials for production and improved efficiency of the manufacturing processes, businesses can access competitive advantages for their product or service and available tax incentives. Environmental advantages ranges from renewable energy to reduced use of harmful waste materials, recycling, reduced product maintenance, longer-lasting products, and more. Finally, green technologies contribute to cleaner air in cities, less waste and food produced locally, and higher living standards.
Investors in the Middle East are placing value on companies that have robust sustainability schemes. Prominent national and international corporations who have their core business in traditional industries are directing billion-dollar sustainability projects that would benefit the region enormously in the long run.