Third edition of EGBC Congress to run in October
Event will discuss on the subject “Sustainable cities of the future”
The Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) has announced that it will hold its third EGBC Annual Congress from 21-22 October, 2014 in Dubai, under the theme Sustainable Cities of the Future.
As one of the largest events of its kind bringing together experts from the sustainable build environment, this year’s instalment of the EGBC Annual Congress will be held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Public Works.
According to EGBC, stakeholders representing the entire building industry supply chain including high-ranking government officials as well as educationalists and sustainability experts from across the region will attend the Congress. Several eminent international subject experts will also present technical papers at the event.
Saeed Al Abbar, chairman, EGBC, said: “The first two editions of the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress set a strong platform for strengthening awareness and promoting innovative initiatives in the sustainable built environments of the UAE. Now, we are moving to the next realm of discussion, with a focus on creating sustainable cities, in line with the vision of the regional governments.”
“The UAE, for example, is at the forefront in creating sustainable cities for the future, with several ambitious developments in Abu Dhabi and Dubai,” he explained. “These smart, green cities focus on various aspects including energy and water efficiency, as well as the integration of mobility and sustainability factors across their design, construction and management. This year’s Congress, therefore, presents a comprehensive overview of how to approach urban planning for the future.”
Al Abbar said that the Congress’s theme also reflects two fundamental pillars of the UAE’s development strategy including the ‘green economy for sustainable development’ announced by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy, which aims to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030 in addition to diversifying energy resources.
“The built environment has a critical role to play in achieving energy efficiency,” Al Abbar said. “While this will be a central factor of our discussions, we are also highlighting how various other sectors – especially healthcare, retail and hospitality, which are core economic sectors of the UAE – can contribute to sustainable cities.”
The Annual Congress will include keynote addresses by UAE government representatives on diverse aspects of the country’s sustainable development initiatives. Local, regional and international perspectives on sustainability will be highlighted at the Congress, in addition to the latest technologies and policies that enable the development of sustainable cities.
A number of case studies on urban planning and sustainable built environments from across the world will be presented in addition to insightful discussions on meeting the challenges of a sustainable urban future. The second day of the Congress will include tours of sustainable buildings in the UAE and short seminars that highlight the role of various sectors in creating sustainable cities.