Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is sending five of its employees to Antarctica as part of the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition.
The expedition highlights the effects of global warming and raises awareness on the need to protect Antarctica from drilling, mining and other activities when the international protocol to protect it expires in 2041.
The two-week expedition starts on March 13, 2015, in Ushuaia, Argentina. The move supports DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, and its strategy to increase environmental awareness, protect natural resources and the ecological footprint.
During DEWA’s celebrations of the 43rd UAE National Day last December, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai, and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA handed the UAE flag that will be raised in Antarctica to Mohammed Al Shamsi, senior manager of sustainability and climate change at DEWA, who is responsible for DEWA’s mission to Antarctica.
"DEWA supports the UAE Vision 2021 to achieve a sustainable environment in the UAE. It also supports the long-term national Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to establish the UAE as a world leader in green economy and a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies. It aims to build a sustainable environment that supports long-term economic growth. We also work to support the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a city whose resources are sustainable, and whose environmental elements are clean, healthy, and sustainable," said Al Tayer.
"Global warming has become a pressing issue. It is our duty to work together to find solutions and limit its causes. DEWA’s participation in the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition underlines our commitment to developing national staff to become future leaders. The team will take part in the Leadership on the Edge programme, where they will learn about leadership and team building. It is a unique opportunity to enrich their experiences and develop their skills to become environmental champions. They will then raise awareness on sustainability, environmental responsibility, and the need to protect our natural resources for generations to come," added Al Tayer.
"A survey conducted by the strategy and business development division at DEWA for all its staff revealed that sustainability is strongly-embedded in DEWA’s organisational culture. There is a clear personal commitment from staff for sustainability. This was demonstrated by the large number of applications to participate in the Antarctica expedition. Participants will have an exciting experience where they will learn sustainable environmental practices. 2041 is committed to providing responsible expeditions. Our staff will be champions for sustainability after their return. They will spread awareness among their colleagues and society as a whole to adopt sustainable practices, and save the environment. They will also share the knowledge and skills they learn with other DEWA staff," said Waleed Salman, executive vice president of strategy and business development at DEWA.
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