The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has announced plans to work with Sharjah Environment Company (Bee’ah) to develop and maintain a waste database in the country.

The database is one of the initiatives laid out in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today by MoCCAE and Bee’ah.

In addition to the database project, the agreement will see both parties organising joint workshops and training programmes for knowledge transfer and sharing of experiences in waste management.

Moreover, the Sharjah firm will work with the ministry to achieve the annual targets of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda indicator related to waste management in the emirate.

The indicator stipulates that the average municipal solid waste per capita be reduced from 1.3kg to 1.1 kg and that the percentage of treated waste, out of the total waste generated, be increased from 60% to 76% by 2021.

The ministry and Bee’ah will form a joint committee to execute the agreement and facilitate cooperation and coordination efforts, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.

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Minister of Climate Change and Environment Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi commented: "The MoU with Bee’ah is in line with our vision to pioneer sustainable development of the environment, and our commitment to unify efforts and collaborate with public and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Environment and Infrastructure indicator in the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda."

Earlier this year, Bee'ah revealed that it had secured financing commitments for the Sharjah Multi-Fuel Waste-to-Energy project, which it is developing with Masdar.