Knowledge Village to phase out use of halogen lamps

Spearheading the move to become more environmentally friendly, Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) has launched a campaign to phase out the use of halogen lamps on its premises.

Spearheading the move to become more environmentally friendly, Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) has launched a campaign to phase out the use of halogen lamps on its premises.

The DKV's initiative is estimated to reduce at least 174 tonnes of CO2 emission per year, which is equivalent to one passenger abstaining from 26 round trip flights from Dubai to New York.

"DKV has come a long way since its launch in 2003. However, we know that success comes with a responsibility to contribute something of benefit to the community that has impacted our growth," said Dr Ayoub Kazim, executive director, DKV and Dubai International Academic City.

"We are expressing this through a series of initiatives towards safeguarding the environment, which we believe will not only have a sustainable impact on our immediate surroundings but also motivate others to emulate our example.

In April last year, DKV rolled out an Energy and Water Conservation Programme that reduced CO2 emissions by 1,148 tonnes within seven months. And two months ago, it installed the first and largest solar tracler in the Middle East in front of DKV buildings on Al Soufouh Road.

"This year, we have accomplished a major feat in switching off the halogen lamps in our indoor areas at DKV," added Kazim.

"Our next step is to involve our business partners in the initiative, and we are currently discussing the extension of the programme to their offices."

DKV is being supported in this move by The Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED), which was created by Tecom Investments as one of its key initiatives under the Sustainable Development Policy, in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice-president and prime minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make the emirate a sustainable place to live in.

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