In anticipation of World Environment Day on the 5th of June, the Access Sharjah Challenge (ASC) — an initiative developed by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) — emerges as a force of change, propelling the world towards a future marked by innovative solutions and sustainable practices. With an impressive array of entries from around the globe, the ASC 2023 has concluded its application process, drawing attention to the urgent need for environmental action.
Aligned with the UAE’s dedication to environmental stewardship naming 2023 as “The Year of Sustainability,” this year’s challenge, endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment and in partnership with BEEAH Group and Sharjah Sustainable City, emboldens entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality while bolstering Sharjah’s standing as a global sustainability leader. Winners of ASC 2023 will receive comprehensive business setup support through a paid contract for implementation, mentorship, and recognition and the opportunity to engage in the UAE’s Year of Sustainability initiatives and showcase their ideas. The challenge offers a global stage for creative ideas and problem solving, reinforcing Sharjah’s position as a leading authority in green businesses.
ASC 2023 consists of two categories, both of which seek achievable solutions to the environmental concerns within cities. The first category, “Achieving Net Zero,” in collaboration with Sharjah Sustainable City, sets forth the ambitious goal of enabling cities to achieve a neutral carbon footprint. It calls upon entrepreneurs to implement innovative strategies to combat the environmental impact of urban living, while also championing concepts that inspire residents to reduce their own carbon output through sustainable consumption and behavioural change. This category stands as a testament to the power of individual actions and serves as an inspiration for cities worldwide to embrace sustainability.
The second category, “Transforming Waste Management,” in collaboration with BEEAH, envisions a future where cities exist without the burden of waste. It challenges entrepreneurs to develop solutions that support effective on-site waste treatment and segregation, empowering communities to efficiently manage waste while experiencing a seamless and effortless process. By tackling waste management practices head-on, this category revolutionises the way we perceive and interact with waste, paving the way for a waste-free environment.