Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced Bee’ah, Sharjah-based waste and environment management company, offered an overview of its operations to faculty and students.
Led by Khaled Al Huraimel, Chief Executive Officer, and Najib Faris, Vice-President of Marketing, Communications and Awareness, Bee’ah, the event organized at Masdar Institute campus attracted several faculty members and students. After the presentation, Al Huraimel met with members of Masdar Institute’s senior management to discuss areas of potential collaboration.
Dr Steve Griffiths, Executive Director of Institute Initiatives, Masdar Institute, said: “Masdar Institute is actively working on developing collaborations with UAE private enterprises and government organizations that have demonstrated the highest levels of commitment to sustainability. Bee’ah’s various project initiatives clearly demonstrate such commitment and we are confident that Bee’ah and Masdar Institute will identify several concrete collaboration avenues. We thank the country’s wise leadership for their support in taking forward projects that benefit the community.”
His Excellency Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah, said: “The UAE has a common goal to reduce the amount of waste to landfill, and Masdar Institute is an ideal partner for us to explore new options through research. Bee’ah is already in the process of gearing up towards a 100% landfill diversion target set for the Emirate of Sharjah by the end of the first quarter of 2015, and we believe such research will help identify ways to turn waste into useful resources, improve the current waste treatment and recycling methods and help position the UAE as a country that keeps environment above other interests.”
Khaled Al Huraimel said: “Bee’ah has already invested in tools and infrastructure to help the UAE overcome some of the tough environmental challenges. We strongly believe that our talks with Masdar Institute will fructify into tangible actions which will unify our efforts to advance sustainability in the country.
“This comes at a time when we at Bee’ah are gearing up towards our next stage of expansion; taking our offerings beyond Sharjah and into other regions that require the knowledge and expertise available to sustain their environmental future. Masdar Institute shares a clear vision and commitment with Bee’ah on preserving the environment; our prospective partnership will create what is an essential step forward to promote and achieve sustainability excellence.”
Bee’ah started in 2007 as a waste management company with three employees. Today, it has expanded significantly into an integrated environmental and waste management company with world-class facilities, with over 2,000 employees. The company focuses on going beyond collection and disposal of waste, into innovations that turn waste materials into valuable resources for re-use in the economic cycle of the UAE.
Established as an ongoing collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.