Dubai to be top ten sustainable city by 2020

Committee formed to take forward green initiatives

NEWS, Business, Dubai municipality, Green building codes, World Expo 2020

Dubai Municipality is looking to make the Emirate one of the top ten sustainable cities in he world by 2020, according to director general Hussain Nasser Lootah.

Ahead of Dubai hosting the World Expo in seven years time, Lootah believed it was more important than every to promote sustainability. He said: "We are obliged to fulfil our word in front of the world that we will create an amazing future connecting the minds of all nationalities, as we realise that the eyes of the entire world are looking to Dubai to know what we are going to do in years to come.

"We won this opportunity as a result of long sighted vision and plans of our leadership which are crystal clear from the current structure and ongoing projects in the Emirate of Dubai. The civic body has already started its efforts towards creating a most sustainable city in the world. It has recently formed a special committee for sustainability which will study and execute green initiatives."

Abdullah Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality and chairman of the sustainability committee, added: "The committee's responsibilities include to develop mechanisms to evaluate green buildings and the extent of achieved sustainability and follow-up of procedures for the implementation of such mechanisms with concerned authorities in the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to propose, coordinate and review studies and research on the sustainability and development of programs and plans for the adoption, dissemination and application of the recommendations in coordination with the relevant authorities."

The Green Building Code, which will be implemented next year, will be mandatory for all new projects across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Its remit includes building vitality, ecology, along with energy, water and waste efficiency.


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