UAE : Emirates GBC partners with Energy Council

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Following the new partnership between the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has joined forces with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (also a member of BEA) in an attempt to create initiatives aimed at doubling the rate of energy efficiency in buildings by 2030.

In regards to the green building partnership, Terry Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, said that considering cities and buildings consume around 75 percent of global energy, cities can play a vital role in reducing energy use, with buildings offering one of the most effective ways to do so. Through collaboration with cities, Green Building Councils around the global will provide on-the-ground expertise to help realize such opportunities in cities.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emirates GBC, said in a statement that they value the strong working relationship they have with key government agencies across the UAE. The collaboration with BEA is proof in strengthening energy initiatives that is aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy and the Dubai plan 2021.

Jennifer Layke, Director of Building Efficiency Initiative, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institutes added that energy efficient buildings will improve the people and energy system productivity. Within this collaboration, the WorldGBC and the Building Efficiency Accelerator support the isuccess of policy and project action taken by all cities. Cities do indeed play an important role as powerful leaders in shaping future sustainability.

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