Dazzling its obligation to generating and maintaining a sustainable environment, which forms a pillar of the National Agenda in line with the UAE Vision 2021, the Dubai Government Workshop (DGW), publicized the incorporation of newest solutions intended at encouraging environmental sustainability in its services. The use of environmentally friendly waterborne paint instead of traditional solvent-based paint has made DGW the first government entity to adopt this eco-friendly solution in painting and has also earned DGW the recognition of being a pioneer in the integration of sustainability in organizational practices, in alignment with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The UAE Vision 2021 places essential importance in encouraging sustainability across all industries and sectors. DGW’s move to switch to waterborne paint is significant in this regard as it comprises less volatile organic compounds (VOCs), when compared to traditional paints. The term VOC is used to cover a wide array of harmful organic chemicals that can negatively influence not only the heath of the workers, but also the environment. Substituting old-style paint selections with waterborne paint guarantees better health and enormously improves air quality by stopping the release of a variety of harmful chemicals not just into the air, but into the water as well.
H.E. Humaid Sultan Al Mutaiwee, Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) CEO, said: “The implementation of environmentally friendly solutions in our services supports the UAE government’s hard work to guarantee sustainable development while conserving the integrity of the environment to attain a perfect balance between economic and social growths. By substituting traditional solvent-based paints with eco-friendly waterborne paints, we aim to contribute to the achievement of the goals set by the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda to improve the quality of air and to preserve water resources. We look forward to spreading the use of latest technologies and sustainability practices to other operational areas in the vehicle maintenance domain as well.”
Ruud Joosten, Global Chief Operating Officer of the Dutch paints and coatings manufacturer and supplier AkzoNobel, hailed DGW’s dedication and commitment to the acceptance of eco-friendly solutions and its efforts in driving sustainability measures in the government sector, during his recent visit to the Dubai Government Workshop. He met with DGW’s senior officials to discuss the partnership, which cemented the future of the mutually beneficial partnership between both parties.