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ADM hosts carbon footprint calculation workshop

by Fatima De La Cerna on May 9, 2017

ADM aims to reduce carbon emissions in infrastructure projects [representational image].
ADM aims to reduce carbon emissions in infrastructure projects [representational image].

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Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has announced conducting a workshop on carbon emissions in road and infrastructure projects.

The workshop, titled “Carbon Footprint Calculation Project”, was attended by 80 specialists from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport; Environment Authority Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada); Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council; Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council; Waste Management Centre; and Abu Dhabi Police. 

UAE state news agency, WAM, reported that the workshop aimed to collect feedback and suggestions from the attendees, as well as review assessment and measurement tools of the carbon footprint of road projects in Abu Dhabi.

The workshop saw ADM presenting an overview of projects and studies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in infrastructure projects, with the use of work papers on carbon footprint model concepts, carbon emissions calculations, and carbon emissions gaps and challenges, among others.

The participants reportedly engaged in discussions that covered suggestions and ideas identifying the best ways to face environment challenges and curtail the impact of carbon emissions.

WAM pointed out that ADM had signed a contract in November 2015 with the Roads and Transport Research Centre and Traffic Safety at UAE University to devise methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in road projects.

An outcome of this joint venture was the Road Projects Carbon Emissions Assessment Project and related sustainability initiatives in Abu Dhabi City, which aim to create more environmentally sustainable road projects in Abu Dhabi. 

The project looks to adopt a comprehensive approach to carbon footprint calculations in road projects, including construction, usage, and maintenance. This research study consists of three phases, with the first phase involving a comprehensive literature review of previous studies related to a reduction of the carbon footprint of road projects. The second phase, meanwhile, involves developing carbon footprint assessment and measurement tools. The third phase includes studying road projects sustainability issues and a case study to assess the impact of the proposed solutions in reducing the carbon footprint of road projects.