Sustainability is not often a word found in the bottled water industry, yet it’s something that both DEWA and Mai Dubai take very seriously.
From the beginning, Mai Dubai took to eco-consciousness – having our carbon footprint measured in just the second year of operation so that we’d have something to benchmark against and improve upon year after year.
But how exactly is Mai Dubai living up to the promise of being an eco-friendly bottled water company?
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best reasons to believe in Mai Dubai’s sustainable vision.
- Our factory has the second-largest solar roof installation in the world.
Mai Dubai’s factory is 100 per cent powered by clean, solar energy. Everything from water treatment, to bottle blowing, filling, packing and storage runs on solar energy. The rooftop solar installation, which is the largest in the Middle East and second largest in the world generates 18 megawatts of electricity, saving 15,500 tons of CO2 per year.
- We’re working with DGrade to turn polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into t-shirts.
Recently, Mai Dubai have begun working with DGrade, a company that recycles PET. Through showing up at events such as the Dubai Half Marathon, DGrade and Mai Dubai can collect plastic bottles and turn them into flakes and fibers. These flakes and fibers are turned into yarn to create several different items such as t-shirts. How many bottles does it take to make a t-shirt? Roughly six bottles.
- We’re always on the look-out for new technology.
Every year, Mai Dubai attends WETEX, the region’s largest sustainability and renewable technology exposition. Founded by H.E. Al Tayer in 1999, Mai Dubai make a point of scouting WETEX for new solutions to environmental issues in an effort to further minimize their carbon footprint.
Having just celebrated our fifth anniversary, Mai Dubai’s CEO, Alexander van ‘t Riet said, “Our future looks quite bright and I cannot wait to see what this organization will look like in five years from now, when we celebrate our 10-year anniversary. It’s going to be amazing.”
At the Sustainability Leadership Conference, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said, “DEWA has confirmed its leading position in global sustainability reporting and is the first electricity utility in the Middle East and North Africa to adopt the Global Reporting Initiative (G4). Over the next few years, we look forward to increasing our contribution to counter the adverse effects of climate change and global warming.”