24th December 2008Introduction Abu Dhabi being one of the highly developing regions in the UAE generates one of the highest rates of per capita waste annually standing at 730 kilograms while in the US it is 710 kilograms over the same period http: //www. uae. gov. ae/Government/environment. htm#ENVIRONMENTAL%20ISSUES. The Emirate is also exposed to harmful chemical pollution emanating from the many surrounding oil wells. The region also faces other conventional environmental challenges common elsewhere. The UAE government has formed a body based in Abu Dhabi called Civil Defence that is charged with role of combating pollution and ensuring environmental safety from pollution and other hazards.
In this paper, we recommend a new environmental management system to the organisation that will be useful in realising the set goals of the organisation and a safer sustainable environment. Natural capitalism in Abu DhabiOne of the most praised EMS has to be Natural Capitalism which was introduced by Lovin, B., Lovin H. and Hawken in 1996. (Hawken et al, 1999) Their suggested system relied on four pillars as conserving resources through reuse, efficient use of resources in manufacturing, emphasis on quality than quantity and investing in natural capital.
The city of Abu Dhabi is noted to have high incidences of gas fires and thus one of the most relevant areas where pollution directly related to fire outbreaks and also indirectly related through the various attempts to fire that may result into actual environmental pollution. The Abu Dhabi Civil Defence department is one of the most active bodies in the city that is involved in fighting fires and educating the public on manners and ways of avoiding and fighting fire outbreaks The Abu Dhabi Civil Defence as an organization has the ability to adopt this system as stipulated by the requirements of ISO 14001/14004 which basically is to implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system.
By adopting natural capitalism the city will for once reduce the high wastage levels prevailing in the city currently. On the other hand there will be emphasis on development of better and more environmentally friendly processes in fighting fires and other relevant tasks that the agency is faced with. By adopting such a policy the Civil Defence agency will benefit by Assurance of a sound corporate responsibility in environmental conservation Compliance with the law on environmental conservation measures Setting a good example to others reducing the agency’s environmental liabilityEfficiency in operations due to change in processes and general lower costs will lead to increased profits.
Improving relationships with regulators on attainment of ISO 14001 certification. Proper recording and documentation of institutional knowledge and information as per the guidelines of ISO 14001 thus improved management. Streamlined operations emanating from the core idea of reducing wastage and efficient allocation and use of resources. Increased awareness and participation in government and non government environmental conservation oriented initiatives.
Awareness in environmental conservation has of late been a corporate and government issue. As a country with vast oil reserves, the UAE in general has been noted to rely on oil for running her electric diesels and solar energy. The use of oil apart from vehicles is highly discouraged as alternative and cheaper means of energy are readily available in Abu Dhabi more so solar energy as favoured by the area’s hot climate. For example the Abu Dhabi Emirate plans to reduce the number of vehicles using petrol/gasoline by 20% come the year 2013.
This is in an attempt to cut green house gases emissions to a considerable level http: //www. ead. ae/en/? T=4& ID=1505. This has been a result of environment assessment surveys that indicate the rapid depletion of the ozone layer globally and spread of desertification in the region partly due to oil exploration related activities (Al-Azab et al 2005).