16th, December 2023

How Dubai’s COP28 helped the world understand waste as a valuable resource

By Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Tadweer

This week, COP28 concluded at Expo City in Dubai, an incredible success for the UAE, the world, and each member of the community. Governments and senior leaders of corporations convened to break records and make pivotal commitments to address climate change.

I was especially delighted to witness Tadweer’s progress and achievements throughout the two-week event. I’m proud to say we were a strategic sponsor of the International Solid Waste Association’s (ISWA) Waste and Resources Pavilion. This marks a historic milestone, as it was the first time in COP history that a Pavilion was dedicated to this industry, highlighting the importance of waste on the global agenda.

In line with Tadweer’s journey to becoming Abu Dhabi’s waste management champion, we harnessed this global platform to officially unveil our global “Waste to Zero” initiative for waste decarbonisation. We were honoured to get the endorsement of Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, as well as confirmation that Her Excellency will Chair the coalition.

Through “Waste to Zero”, we are underscoring our unwavering dedication to driving climate action by significantly reducing carbon emissions in the waste management sector. This forward-thinking initiative showcases our contributions to the UAE’s sustainability targets, and our own commitment to achieving 80% landfill diversion in Abu Dhabi by 2030. Earlier this week, the UAE cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, also backed the initiative, putting the Government’s full weight behind it.

But our participation didn’t stop there. I witnessed our representatives lead and participate in multiple panel discussions and share their expertise across the waste management industry. For example, we launched the Textile Circularity Initiative with a coalition of partners. We also entered into agreements with the governments of Japan and Uzbekistan, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, and other like-minded partners. We are exploring new ways to sustainably manage waste, raise awareness for the circular economy, and show the world just how valuable waste can be as a resource.

Tadweer will continue to champion wase management across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and focus on expanding our international portfolio to support the UAE’s climate change ambitions. Thank you for supporting our journey, and we will see you at COP29 in Azerbaijan.

For more information about the “Waste to Zero” initiative, please visit