Muscat, A Cooperation Program 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 program aims to promote the strategic goals of

Be’ah with regard to achieving landfill diversion and promote circular

economy initiatives across the Sultanate of Oman, through the

establishment of a Reuse Center. The proposed Center will be located

within the premises of SQU.

Through the partnership, SQU and Be’ah agree that the Reuse

Center 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 Omanization target

of at least 90% during the operational phase of the Center as the

project progresses. The program seeks to strengthen and unify existing

reuse efforts across the Sultanate under one umbrella to optimize the

Center’s operations and meet the above stated objectives.

This Cooperation Program will continue to be in force for period

of three years. It was signed on 3 September 2018 by Dr. Ali bin Saud

al-Bimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU and Tariq al-Amri, Chief Executive

Officer (CEO) 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% of waste from landfills and

80% by 2030. Be’ah focuses on forming a pre-disposal waste

diversion mindset promoting the concept of 3Rs ‘Reduce, Reuse &

Recycle’ through the establishment of a joint ‘Reuse Center’ 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, which will be the first

of its kind in the entire GCC region, will encourage university staff and

students to be actively involved in waste reduction and minimization

activities. The Reuse Center will provide environmental, financial,

economic and social benefits for all stakeholders involved and will

become a centralized hub promoting sound environmental practices

across the country.

In line with SQU’s drive towards sustainability and environmental

stewardship, the Reuse Center will be of utmost importance to facilitate

sustainability goals of the University.

Source: Oman News Agency