SQU, be’ah join hands to set up Reuse Centre

Muscat - 

A Cooperation Programme has been signed between Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)) and Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) to establish a mutually beneficial partnership that will strengthen the ‘green campus’ mission of SQU. 

The cooperation programme aims to promote the strategic goals of be’ah with regard to achieving landfill diversion and promote circular economy initiatives across the sultanate, through the establishment of a Reuse Centre. The proposed centre will be located within the premises of SQU.

Through the partnership, SQU and be’ah agree that the Reuse Centre would help meet the goals of both be’ah and SQU. These include achieving SQU’s goals of promoting campus sustainability best practices from the campus community by encouraging active participation in green initiatives and achieving be’ah’s strategy of waste diversion from landfill by introducing waste reduction and reuse practices thus reducing carbon footprint and green gas emissions from landfilling.

The partnership also seeks to achieve In-Country Value (ICV) through creating employment, aiming to achieve an Omanisation target of at least 90 per cent during the operational phase of the centre as the project progresses. The programme seeks to strengthen and unify existing reuse efforts across the sultanate under one umbrella to optimise the centre’s operations and meet the above stated objectives.

This Cooperation Programme will continue to be in force for period of three years. It was signed by H E Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, vice chancellor of SQU, and Tariq al Amri, chief executive officer of Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah). 

Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) launched its nation-wide waste diversion strategy, which estimates that by 2020, it will be essential to divert 60 per cent of waste from landfills and 80 per cent by 2030. Be’ah focuses on forming a pre-disposal waste diversion mindset promoting the concept of 3Rs ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ through the establishment of a joint ‘Reuse Centre’ in collaboration with SQU, which is currently exploring opportunities to promote its sustainable development culture and practices within the campus community. The Reuse Centre initiative,  unique in the entire GCC region,  will encourage university staff and students to be actively involved in waste reduction.

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