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Curtains Down On Ajman International Conference (8 March 2018)

Abu Dhabi, Ajman municipalities agree on sustainability project

The Ajman 5th International Environment Conference, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, came to a close on Wednesday.

The global summit, featuring a line-up of valuable scientific papers on a variety of environmental and development issues, saw the participation of some 205 researchers, experts and specialists from 49 countries, including 70 international lecturers.

The two-day conference, inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Emirate’s Executive Council, was organised by the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department.

Valuable Scientific Papers

A big number of valuable scientific papers and specialised researches on the environment, sustainability, development and diverse energy were showcased in the conference held at the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Conferences and Exhibitions, Ajman University, on March 06-07.

In his paperon the ‘Energy Performance Resilience of UAE Buildings to Climate Change’, Kirk Shanks, British University, Dubai,revealed that cooling government and residential buildings consumes 80% of UAE electricity.

“This indicates the overall year-round high temperature,” he said.“Solar energy can be used as an alternative safe energy effective from 2020 to 2050, though.”

Studies confirm that cooling rates shall witness a significant development from 22.2% in 2020 to 40% by 2080, he stated. “This urges investment in solar energyreturns to address the impact of climate change over the years to come.”

Limited penalties

In his paper, ChukwuemekaChuks-Ezike, Robert Gordon University, UK, spotlighted the ‘Deficient Legislations Sanctioning Oil Spill and Gas Flaring in Nigeria; A Need for a Review of the Petroleum Industries Bill towards Better Environmental Regulation in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector.’

“The oil spill is sort of a ‘cemetery in various environmental fields, as was the case in Nigeriawhere so many environmental resources were destroyed due to an oil leakage.”

This ‘warning bell’ has,as per experts, changed the features of the topography and agricultural lands there, and negatively impacted fishing operations and the revenues of natural resources, he added.

“Legislators need to review the laws and legislations that regulate the petroleum industries, to curb pollution, and high costs of those industries; mainly environmentdestruction.”

Greenhouse Gas Emission

In his paper, Hameed Sulaiman, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman,talked about the ‘Municipal Solid Waste Composition and Greenhouse Gas Emission Potential from a Landfill – A Case Study from Al Multaqa area, Muscat, Oman.

The researcher found out that the proportion of "methane" gas emitting from solid wastes amounted to 2.25 Gg. “This is being reused as a source of alternative energyin order to reduce the risk of those wastes.”

Smart Climate

In his paper: ‘How to Build a Smart Climate City Conserving and Using Biodiversity’, Gabriela Teodorescu, Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania, said his study is aimed to build "smart green cities" with less carbon emissions.

“The Sustainable environment is the key to control all terrains and resources of our environment,” he said. “However, this should be based on socio-economic and governmental axes that fit into the rules in place.”

Reducing the impact the desertification and digital technology is of great essence, he underlined. “Digital technology should be used in a way up to ongoing challenges, though.”

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