Emirates : UAE’s sustainable built environment strengthed

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EmiratesGBC has been prime driver in facilitating UAE’s vision to be a global leader in sustainable built environments

Since its establishment in 2006, EmiratesGBC has served as an integral partner in achieving the ‘green vision’ of the nation, which has already achieved tangible results in reducing its ecological footprint.

Over the past nine years, the Council has rallied stakeholders from across the building industry supply chain to take credible and concrete action to promote sustainable development. This is reflected in the number of corporate members of the Council nearly quadrupling from 2006 to now.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “Over the past nine years, we have worked with a purposeful mission and vision to support the UAE in achieving new benchmarks in sustainable built environments.

“In this, our guiding force has been the ‘green economy for sustainable development’ vision announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. We have built significant governmental, industry and community partnerships to encourage a culture of sustainability.”

Over the past nine years, EmiratesGBC has organised multiple networking events attended by more than 1,200 professionals. EmiratesGBC has also forged significant industry, government, educational and NGO partnerships with over 20 agreements signed to work together for promoting a greener UAE with key partners including the Ministry of Public Works, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Emirates Standardisation & Metrology Authority, Masdar, Ajman Municipality, and Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF, among many others.

“Initially we focused on consistently generating awareness on the impact of construction and buildings on the environment and natural resources through networking sessions and thought leadership platforms. We engaged experts from across the industry to share best practices,” Al Abbar

Bringing all industry stakeholders together for informative brainstorming sessions and to share best practices, EmiratesGBC organised the first Annual Congress in 2012, which is today a regional benchmark in showcasing innovative ideas in the green building sector.

EmiratesGBC has placed a strong focus on education, having introduced technical workshops for professionals as early as 2007, when it partnered up with the British University in Dubai (BUiD) to deliver programmes on LEED sustainable rating offered by the US Green Building Council in the UAE. More than 150 participants attended the workshop during the first year, and to date, EmiratesGBC has helped educate over 500 professionals in the UAE

EmiratesGBC is today the national operator of Green Key, a sustainability certification programme for hotels and accommodations that was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education and is now recognised by the World Tourism Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme.

Source: The Big 5 Hub

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