We’re helping to encourage the next generation of green leaders in the UAE by supporting the Carbon Ambassadors Programme (CAP).
CAP is a youth engagement initiative providing UAE nationals with the know-how and skills to fulfil the ambitious Emirate energy and green economy roadmap to 2030. It is also a tool to influence university students and fresh graduates toward key programmes of UAE development while developing their education.
We strive to reduce our impact on the environment through innovation, new technologies and behavioural change. At the same time, we want to play a positive role in the communities and countries where we operate. Engaging and mentoring talented young people is key to both these aims.
We’ve launched a five-year strategic partnership with the Carbon Ambassadors Programme, a Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) initiative. By engaging and training university students, it aims to create the next generation of leaders and experts who will realise UAE’s ambitious sustainable development aspirations. Each year, students selected from UAE universities receive training in sustainability, carbon emission reduction, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
As part of the programme, teams of young Carbon Ambassadors each transformed a 20-foot shipping container into a bus shelter. DP World provided the containers and allocated each team a budget of US$10,000 each for their project. We also helped evaluate project proposals, and our staff acted as mentors to coach and support them.
The Carbon Ambassadors Programme is proving a big success – so much so that the number of students enrolled in the second year doubled, from 40 to 80. In the first year, we provided four shipping containers which the teams transformed into attractive bus shelters – a great example of how innovative thinking can give waste materials a new life. A construction company is now making their designs a reality, and recycled bus stops could soon be a common sight in Dubai.