COP 21 – Paris : EmiratesGBC commited to support UAE’s climate goals


With other 24 Green Building Council from around the world, Emirates Green Building Council has made an ambitious commitment to support efforts in fighting climate change through green buildings at COP21 in Paris. They unveiled national commitments to transform the sustainability to their buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry play its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees.

As buildings currently account for around one-third of global emissions, (yet is one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change) EmiratesGBC has committed to work closely with UAE’s government entities as a key partner in the development and implementation of sustainable building initiatives and support for regulations. They will also make an adoption of the best practices for the sustainable building acceleration.

According to Saeed Al Abbar, the Chairman of EmiratesGBC, as an independent forum promoting energy efficiency and green building practices, EmiratesGBC pledge to support the UAE government strategies and goals for national development within the UAE vision 2021, the ‘Green Growth Strategy’, and the UAE’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submits to COP21 to increase clean energy to 24 per cent of the total energy mix by 2021.

The pledges of various EmiratesGBC corporate members

To make their ‘climate pledge’ official, EmiratesGBC has invited its corporate members and partners and will take the form of targets and associated action plan. One of the members, DSA Architect International, has already taken the pledge by reducing paper wastage up to 40% within their practice by 2021, as well as committing to develop and share knowledge in delivering a zero carbon built environment while supporting the benefit of sustainable buildings and low carbon retrofitting.

PeoPla Green Technologies, on the other hand, pledged to supply the most sustainable and innovative technologies that will contribute towards meeting UAE’s 2021 vision, which targets 24% clean energy contribution and 90% air quality index. They will also educate 150,000 professional constructor and engineering students in sustainability and green building practices all over the UAE.

Other members, such as engineering company CH2M, has made a pledge to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 per cent by 2017 starting from a baseline year 2012.

EmiratesGBC’s support 

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said that EmiratesGBC will serve their members by measuring and verifying their pledges to support the UAE INDC commitment. Through EmiratesGBC’s activities and the programmes, they will be able to support the pledges made by the members.

Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, also stated that the World GBC is captivated to see the leadership demonstrated by Emirates Green Building Council in supporting their members with accountable and transparent climate pledges, but also making a pact of their own to support the UAE’s ambitious INDC at Building Days – COP21 in Paris.

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