Ayodhya City-2031: CM Adityanath reviews master plan, bats for sustainable development 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reviewed the master plan for Ayodhya City-2031 and directed officials to develop it as a model city of urban development with ease of living as its basis.

Envisioning Ayodhya as a climate-friendly city, the chief minister directed officials to plan the project in such a way that all boats and steamers operating in Saryu river run on green fuel and vehicles on road are powered by electricity. During the meeting, the chief minister laid emphasis on a “common building code” in areas surrounding the Ram temple, saying similar shaped buildings and identical paints on them will add to the project’s beauty.

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“As envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the overall development of ‘Dharmanagari’ is the government’s top priority, and the people of the country and the world are eager to see a ‘Divya, Bhavya, Navya Ayodhya’ (grand new Ayodhya),” he said.

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Asking the officials to focus on sustainability, he said the current urban population of Ayodhya was about 5.5 lakh and as it was estimated to reach 11-12 lakh by 2031.”In such a situation, the master plan of this important city has so far been prepared keeping in mind the needs of the future,” he said and highlighted that the entire project should be built around ease of living.

The chief minister also directed the officials to draft proposals to name all intersections after sages, women and great characters from Ramayana. Keeping tourists in mind, he directed the officials to plan parking area at a maximum of two kilometres east of the temple during off-season and push it back to five kilometres during festivals. The Ayodhya Master Plan 2031 proposes six entrances: from Lucknow, Sultanpur, Rae Bareilly, Ambedkar Nagar, Gorakhpur and Gonda to Ayodhya city.

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Building Economic Stability Through Sustainable Investments In Africa

Economic stability is important for countries because it helps them maintain a strong economy and prevents them from becoming bankrupt. However, many countries are struggling to maintain economic stability due to various factors such as high levels of debt, inflation, and unemployment. This can lead to social unrest and even violence in some cases.

Even though it is a global issue, today our main focus will be on the African region as the sustainable economic sector is one of the biggest issues in African countries that causes vital losses for millions of locals.

Africa And Conditions For Having A Stable Economy

When it comes to the African continent in the aspect of the economy, the view is pretty diverse and changeable as conditions in well and less-developed countries are extremely different. This causes a mess in the general picture. For example, we can see quite stable economic conditions in South Africa or Botswana while Kenya and Egypt are under huge challenges.

The main challenges to building a stable economic sector in Africa include a lack of infrastructure, corruption, political instability, and limited access to capital. The lack of infrastructure makes it difficult for businesses to operate effectively and limits the ability of governments to provide basic services. Political instability can lead to violence or regime changes that disrupt economic activity.

Even though these challenges are pretty problematic, still, some African countries have great achievements when it comes to building a good economic atmosphere. This is evident in a number of ways, including the following:

  • African countries have experienced strong economic growth. In fact, according to the World Bank, Africa was the world’s second-fastest-growing continent in 2017, with an average growth rate of 3.4%. This is up from 2.6% in 2016 and 1.3% in 2015.
  • African countries have also made significant progress in reducing poverty levels. Between 2000 and 2015, the percentage of people living below the poverty line fell from 58% to 41%. And over that same period, the number of people living on $1.90 or less per day declined by nearly half (from 388 million to 205 million).
  • Finally, Africa has seen an increase in foreign investment inflows over the past years. In 2017 alone, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa reached a record high of $56 billion – up from just $5 billion back in 2000.

As we have pretty different pictures for African economic stability, when it comes to experts’ comments, there is no single answer for that. However, overall, most experts agree that economic stability and atmosphere in African countries are improving. While there are still many challenges that African countries face, such as high levels of poverty and inequality, the overall trend is positive and experts believe that Africa has the potential to continue growing economically in the future.

Investments Matter – The Major Way To Improve Economic Stability In Africa

Sustainable investments are important for the aim of building stable economies in the country or in the region. It is a long-term investment strategy that takes into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors to generate competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

When it comes to investments in Africa for stable economic conditions, we have to note the connection with sustainable development goals for 2030. The main improvement was connected to access to electricity. In addition, Africa’s power sector is among the most carbon-intensive in the world due largely to its reliance on fossil fuels.

Fortunately, there are still many opportunities for Africa to develop its power sector in a more sustainable way. If African countries receive increased investment and become more active in their economies, they will be able to build stable economic growth. Currently, many African countries are struggling to grow their economies due to a lack of investment. By increasing investment, African countries will be able to create jobs and spur economic growth.

To outline specific sectors, One sector that Africa needs more investment in is agriculture. The continent has vast tracts of land that are suitable for farming but lack the necessary infrastructure and technology to make it a viable option for many farmers. With more investment in this sector, Africa could become a major food producer and exporter, which would boost the economy significantly.

Another sector where Africa needs more investment is in education. While there have been some improvements made in recent years, access to quality education remains a challenge for many Africans. Investing in education would allow more people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to find good jobs and contribute to society. It would also help reduce poverty levels on the continent as educated people are less likely to live in poverty than those without an education.

Finally, Africa also needs increased investment in healthcare facilities and services. Many parts of Africa do not have adequate healthcare provision, leading to high levels of disease and death rates from preventable illnesses such as malaria or diarrhea. Improving healthcare provision would save lives and improve health outcomes across African countries.

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Create social business to help society in a more sustainable way: Nobel laureate

BANGI: Businesses in this country can adopt social business to help solve problems that arise within the society and community so as to give back to the people in a more sustainable manner.

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus (pix), who is regarded as the “father of social business,” said while giving donations, setting up charities and creating foundations were the norms in the past, the option of doing social business is now practiced by many individuals and organisations.

“You can use your business acumen and business experience by creating a separate business to create social business. Use your capacity where your aim is not to make money but to solve problems. And when the business makes a profit, it is plowed back into the business itself,” he told reporters after speaking at the Green Social Business Dialogue.

The event was organised by the Youth Trust Foundation (MyHarapan) in partnership with the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC).

Muhammad explained that in social business, resources could come from anywhere, including creative power, talent, and funds, but the purpose must not be making money for oneself but solving problems in communities.

He said that because social business is an option, it is better not to wait for the government to come out with policies or statements as the effort from individuals, or collaboration with friends and employees will enable work to be done faster without bureaucracy.

MGTC chief executive officer Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor, in a panel sharing session, said among its ongoing efforts to attract fresh ideas among youths is through its Jana Graduan Usahawan Hijau (JaGUH) programme. The programme helps MGTC to identify and guide young social entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions through various ideas.

MGTC has also initiated the Bandar Rendah Karbon dan Rumah Ibadat Hijau programme, where a government agency provides facilities in infrastructure, and provides professional advice and incentives or grants in efforts to reduce 45 per cent of greenhouse emissions by 2030.

At the event, Muhammad also witnessed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between MGTC and several institutions and companies to address the issue of poverty, unemployment, and net carbon emissions through sustainable social business.-Bernama

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BEEAH Group paves way for a sustainable future in the region

DUBAI: BEEAH Group, the UAE’s leading sustainability pioneer and digital expert, has achieved a waste diversion rate of 76 percent, the highest in the Middle East, and the remaining 24 percent was disposed of in landfills.

Speaking to Arab News, Group CEO Khaled Al-Huraimel said that BEEAH Group aims to help Sharjah achieve 100 percent landfill waste diversion in 2022, up from 76 percent currently.

BEEAH Group launched the UAE’s first waste-to-energy facility earlier in 2022 as part of its efforts to achieve zero waste, he added.

The facility, located in Sharjah, would divert over 300,000 tons of non-recyclable waste from landfills annually and generate 30 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power almost 30,000 homes.

“Once the facility reaches full operational capacity, Sharjah will become the first city in the Middle East to achieve zero waste,” Al-Huraimel said

All of this is due to BEEAH Group’s operations in Sharjah with 10 different plants.

There are 10 dedicated recycling facilities that process materials such as paper, plastic, tires, old vehicles, metals, construction and demolition waste, organic waste, industrial wastewater, maritime waste and commercial and industrial waste.

Al-Huraimel said BEEAH was established in 2007 to address the environmental challenges the region was facing, including waste. However, at the beginning of 2022, the company changed its name to BEEAH Group and adopted the structure of an investment holding company and a new visual identity. This is part of the group’s strategy to diversify its core business into new sectors.

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have the highest waste per capita in the world. Therefore, this was the immediate challenge, he added.

“We started in waste management, and today, we’re proud to say we became the first to reach zero waste in the emirate of Sharjah, and today we are also active across the UAE,” he said. “Our new structure as an investment holding group has seen us launch several new business verticals that will capitalize on business opportunities across different industries and countries.”

BEEAH places sustainability and digitization at the heart of the business. This can be seen across several verticals, including BEEAH Tandeef for waste collection and city cleaning and BEEAH Recycling for waste processing and material recovery. There is also BEEAH Energy for clean and renewable power and BEEAH Environment Services for consulting, research and innovation.

Additionally, there is BEEAH Digital for future technologies and digital ventures, BEEAH Transport for green mobility and autonomous transportation, and BEEAH Education, an environmental education and awarding organization for businesses and individuals.

The various verticals will benefit from the collective experience of the BEEAH Group while having more room to grow within their respective industries.

BEEAH Group encourages collective responsibility for sustainability through education and awareness programs. In 2010, BEEAH Group launched the BEEAH Academy of Sustainability to promote environmental education. Today, the academy reaches a network of more than 252,000 students, 6,500 teachers, and 700 schools. Across its areas of operation, the group aims to improve quality of life through a twin-pillared approach that focuses on sustainability and digitalization.

Digitalization of BEEAH Group

During a private meeting at BEEAH Group’s recently built headquarters, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, Al-Huraimel remarked, “It was one of the last buildings she designed.” 

Our new structure as an investment holding group has seen us launch several new business verticals that will capitalize on business opportunities across different industries and countries.

Khaled Al-Huraimel, BEEAH Group CEO

According to him, the organization’s brand-new headquarters reflect BEEAH Group’s identity as a sustainable icon.

The BEEAH Group headquarters is a command center for all BEEAH Group operations, as it has more than 10,000 employees and is growing. “This building is one of the smartest and most sustainable buildings in the region,” he added.

A primary area of focus for BEEAH Group is technology, and the organization believes that technology has many tools to help it achieve its goals, Al-Huraimel said. In that sector, BEEAH Group has three companies: Evoteq, re.life, and One Data Center, a recent joint venture with Khazna to build Sharjah’s first data center.

He said the BEEAH Group headquarters operates using hundreds of artificial intelligence use cases.

At Tandeef, BEEAH Group’s waste collection business, the vehicles are all tracked, and the routing is also optimized by artificial intelligence.

The commercial and industrial recycling facility, a recent facility launched by BEEAH Recycling this year, has a robot with AI vision that can segregate different types of waste.

“So, we believe and embrace technology as it can help us create a better future and meet our targets,” Al-Huraimel said.

As part of its efforts in facilitating digital transformation, BEEAH Group also partnered with Khazna Data Centers recently to build Sharjah’s first Tier 3 data center.

Commenting on their JV with Khazna, the group CEO said that data centers have become necessary with the growth of cloud computing. This requires a great deal of data storage.

He added that Sharjah also needs a data center to support shortages and digitalization and become a more innovative city.

“In today’s world, it’s important to build a strong digital foundation and infrastructure,” said Al-Huraimel.

By harnessing the power of technology and innovative sustainable solutions, the BEEAH Group is paving the way for a better quality of life across the MENA region.

COP27 delegation

BEEAH Group has commenced operations in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh, including sustainable waste management services during the UN Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27.

He said that the organization and Egypt’s Green Planet, an environmental solutions company, signed a contract in September to provide waste management and city cleaning services under the 10-year contract.

“We were awarded the waste management contract for Sharm El-Sheikh, and we have commenced our services before COP27,” he added.

The BEEAH Group also attended COP27 and represented the UAE as part of the UAE delegation.

Besides showcasing the organization’s groundbreaking projects, such as the UAE’s first waste-to-energy plant and the region’s first fully AI-integrated office building, BEEAH Group introduced the conference attendees to its recycling facilities and zero-waste solutions.

“We were proud to participate in COP27 as part of the UAE delegation. As a frontrunner in climate action, the UAE has made huge strides toward zero emissions; we are pleased to show how we support these targets through clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and integrated waste management solutions,” said Al-Huraimel.

“I believe the UAE and the region have strong sustainability goals. We see that in the UAE, Saudi, Egypt, and so on,” he said, commenting on BEEAH Group’s attendance at COP27.

As the group CEO pointed out, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are two key markets for BEEAH Group, which will continue to expand over the next 18 months.

Geographic growth and diversification have been the main ways the group has grown. BEEAH has diversified into digital, energy consulting and health care.

“We targeted Saudi Arabia and Egypt for future expansion, as they are the two biggest markets for us in terms of size and recognition of the relationship between our countries,” he said.

Currently, the group focuses on growing in Saudi Arabia and Egypt by offering waste management services in both countries.

BEEAH Group also hopes to consolidate its position as a regional leader in waste management while looking at other government and private contracts.

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Turning Wastewater into Fertilizer is Viable & could Make Agriculture More Sustainable: Study

Nitrogen production for fertilizer is an energy-intensive process that accounts for nearly 2% of global CO2 emissions.
Nitrogen production for fertilizer is an energy-intensive process that accounts for nearly 2% of global CO2 emissions.

According to environmental engineering researchers at Drexel University, wastewater draining from massive pools of sewage sludge has the potential to play a role in more sustainable agriculture. A new study of removing ammonia from wastewater and converting it into fertilizer suggests that it is not only technically feasible but also has the potential to reduce the environmental and energy footprint of fertilizer production – and even provide a revenue stream for utilities and water treatment facilities.

A Sustainable Nitrogen Source

Nitrogen production for fertilizer is an energy-intensive process that accounts for nearly 2% of global CO2 emissions. Researchers have looked into alternatives to the Haber-Bosch nitrogen production process in recent years, which has been the industry standard for over a century. One promising option, recently raised by some water utility providers, is to extract nitrogen from waste ammonia extracted from water during treatment.

“Recovering nitrogen from wastewater would be a desirable alternative to the Haber-Bosch process because it creates a ‘circular nitrogen economy,'” said Patrick Gurian, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Engineering who contributed to the study, which was recently published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “This means that we are reusing existing nitrogen rather than expending energy and emitting greenhouse gases to harvest nitrogen from the atmosphere, which is a more sustainable practice for agriculture and could become a revenue source for utilities.”

Municipal water treatment facilities have been challenged by the Clean Water Act of 1972 to meet water quality standards for water discharged into waterways. Ammonia is increasingly seen as a problem for aquatic environments, as high ammonia levels can cause an overgrowth of vegetation in streams and rivers, endangering fish species. Ammonia removal methods are generally time and space-consuming, and energy intensive.

Several North America and Europe facilities are investigating a process known as air-stripping. It removes ammonia by raising the temperature and pH of the water sufficiently to convert the chemical into a gas, which can then be collected as ammonium sulfate in concentrated form. However, deciding whether to invest in air-stripping requires a complex study of its technological and financial viability, known as a lifecycle analysis.

The Technion Israel Institute of Technology team, led by Gurian and Sabrina Spatari, Ph.D., conducts these analyses regularly to assess the full environmental and economic impact of various options for recycling and reusing waste or side-stream products as sustainable solutions. According to their analysis of this wastewater scenario, there is a complementary relationship that could lead to a more sustainable path for both farmers and water management authorities.

“Our analysis shows that implementing air-stripping technology at wastewater treatment plants producing ammonia sulphate fertiliser has a significant potential for environmental mitigation and economic benefit,” they wrote. “In addition to producing marketable ammonia sulfate, the benefit of reducing ammonia load in the side-stream before it is recycled into the wastewater stream at the wastewater treatment plant provides an additional justification for using air-stripping.”

The team conducted its lifecycle assessment and economic feasibility studies using data from Philadelphia’s water treatment facility and several others in North America and Europe. They considered factors such as the cost of installing and maintaining an air-stripping system, the concentration of ammonia and the flow rate of the wastewater, the sources of energy used to power the collection and conversion process, and the production, transportation, and market price of fertiliser chemicals.

According to the life-cycle analysis, air-stripping emits five to ten times less greenhouse gas and uses five to fifteen times less energy than the Haber-Bosch nitrogen-producing process. Economically, the overall cost of producing fertiliser chemicals from wastewater is low enough that the producer could sell them at a price more than 12 times lower than Haber-Bosch-produced chemicals and still make a profit. “Our research suggests that recovering ammonia can be cost-effective even at low concentrations.”

They write, “concentration.” “However, high ammonia concentrations are environmentally beneficial and can simultaneously support marginal production of ammonium sulphate with lower environmental impact, particularly for life cycle energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and several human and ecosystem health indicators, when compared to Haber-Bosch production.”

Furthermore, the study suggests that water treatment facilities could save energy by air-stripping ammonia levels before the water reenters the waste treatment process. This is because it would reduce the time and processing required to treat the water and work well with softening processes that help slow chemical deposition on treatment plant infrastructure.

While the team acknowledges that air-stripping would produce less fertiliser than the industrial Haber-Bosch process, the ability to collect and reuse any amount of resources helps to improve the sustainability of commercial agriculture and keeps them from becoming water pollutants. “This suggests that air-stripping for ammonium sulphate recovery could be a small but significant step toward recovering and reusing the massive amount of nitrogen we use to sustain global agriculture,” Spatari said.

“Furthermore, it presents a chemical production alternative that does not have the same negative environmental and human health effects as the current process. According to the findings of this study, water utility providers should consider investing in technologies that capture phosphorus and recycle it for agricultural use.”

(Source: Drexel University)

First published on: 26 Nov 2022, 09:51 IST

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Southeastern region development must be rapid, sustainable, comprehensive: conference – Fairtrade News Today

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Give more smiles this Christmas with sustainable gifts from Watsons

(From left) Patrick Yu, Marketing Manager of Watsons Philippines; Anna Legarda, Sustainability Lead of Procter & Gamble; Rondell Torres, Sustainability Lead of Unilever Philippines; Brian Poe Llamanzares, keynote speaker; Viki Encarnacion, PR & Sustainability Director of Watsons Philippines; Apple Mendoza, watsons card member; Jared De Guzman, Customer Director for Marketing and CRM of Watsons Philippines; Sharon Decapia, Marketing Communications Controller of Watsons Philippines; and Zyra Tinio Obias, Watsons Senior Category Manager for Beauty.

(From left) Patrick Yu, Marketing Manager of Watsons Philippines; Anna Legarda, Sustainability Lead of Procter & Gamble; Rondell Torres, Sustainability Lead of Unilever Philippines; Brian Poe Llamanzares, keynote speaker; Viki Encarnacion, PR & Sustainability Director of Watsons Philippines; Apple Mendoza, watsons card member; Jared De Guzman, Customer Director for Marketing and CRM of Watsons Philippines; Sharon Decapia, Marketing Communications Controller of Watsons Philippines; and Zyra Tinio Obias, Watsons Senior Category Manager for Beauty.

Undoubtedly, Christmas is the happiest time in the Philippines. But while it is the most awaited season, unfortunately, this is also the time when the country will be filled with a lot of accumulated waste. Just imagine all the trash everyone creates once they open the wonderful gifts covered in pretty wrappers.

Brian Poe Llamanzares, keynote speaker and co-publisher of A Sustainable Future.

Brian Poe Llamanzares, keynote speaker and co-publisher of A Sustainable Future.

For this reason, Watsons continues to reaffirm its commitment to provide customers with more sustainable health, wellness, and beauty products.

To help the public with choosing sustainable products to give as holiday gifts and bring with them on vacations, Watsons held a sustainable holiday gifting event from November 15 to 20 at The Podium. The event put the spotlight on Watsons Sustainable Choices, the retailers’ selection of products that are safe and nourishing for the skin and free from harmful ingredients that could harm people and the planet, those that can be refilled so plastic waste is reduced, those that contain ethically sourced and sustainably processed ingredients and have better and more eco-friendly packaging.

During the launch, Watsons had resource speakers talk about its role as a responsible retailer and how important it is for consumers to make more sustainable choices.

Watsons Sustainable Choices products contain ethically sourced and sustainably processed ingredients and have better and more ecofriendly packaging.

Watsons Sustainable Choices products contain ethically sourced and sustainably processed ingredients and have better and more ecofriendly packaging.

Watsons give more smiles this Christmas bag

Watsons give more smiles this Christmas bag

“When we happily celebrate the season, let’s also be mindful. Let’s make sure that we don’t create more trash that will destroy the planet. Let’s make this our gift to mother nature. In Watsons, we try to do good to the environment by consciously reducing our carbon footprint through various sustainability efforts,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability Director.

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“When shopping for Christmas gifts, we hope our customers consider choosing sustainability. Watsons is glad to offer them eco-friendly products, which are more sustainable from the materials and the manufacturing process to the packaging, and ultimately to the disposal of the product,” she continued, adding how Watsons practices the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Author, environment advocate, and philanthropist Brian Poe Llamanzares — who recently co-published a book titled A Sustainable Future — also joined the event as a special guest and spoke about the impact of sustainability in protecting the environment.

“Christmas represents a time of hope, joy, family time and peace. So wouldn’t it be better to be able to give each other the gift of life or gift of a good, sustainable and dynamic future? To do so, we need to look beyond the month of December, and we need to address things that threaten our future as a people,” said Llamanzares.

“In the gifts we choose to share to those we love, we promote the message of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Afterall, the lives of future generations are at stake,” he added.

Watsons Philippines executives with sustainable holiday gifting brand partners.

Watsons Philippines executives with sustainable holiday gifting brand partners.

Zyra Tinio, Watsons Senior Category Manager for Beauty, talked about giving customers access to Sustainable Choices products. While an open panel discussion was held with P&G, Unilever, and a Watsons Club member on sustainability. The two multinational companies gave updates on how their sustainability efforts are going at this point.

Watsons supplier-partners showcased their most sustainable and practical products. The said event will help make shopping for holiday gifts more fun and sustainable, from the gift itself to the packaging as Watsons asks its customers to “Give More Smiles This Christmas.”

The brands that showcased their Sustainable Choices products during the event are Watsons, Quick FX, Garnier, L’Oreal, Aveeno, Neutrogena, Palmolive, Herbal Essences, Dove, Bioten, St. Ives, Zenutrients and Curls, Moringana, Gluta C, The Body Shop, BLK, Naturals by Watsons, and Sekaya.

There was also an information wall in the Watsons activation in The Podium for shoppers to see how they could effectively Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to help mitigate the effects of consumerism on the planet and its resources.

To find out more about Watsons Sustainable Choices products, go to https://interactive.watsons.com.ph/sustainablechoices.

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