EGBC signs MoU with Ministry of Public Works

Agreement was signed at EGBC's Sustainable Cities conference in Dubai

Saeed Al Abbar and Zahra Salman Alaboody.
Saeed Al Abbar and Zahra Salman Alaboody.

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) and UAE Ministry of Public Works have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote green building concepts and sustainable environments.

The agreement was signed at the third EmiratesGBC Sustainable Cities Congress held at Grosvenor House, Dubai, on Monday (20 October).

The congress is one of the largest gathering of experts in green buildings and is held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works.

The two-day event sees hundreds of international and regional experts share their ideas about how cities can become more sustainable in the future.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi said that the comprehensive strategy for the sustainable development of the UAE, led by the concerted efforts of various governmental departments and organisations, makes the country the ideal place to live, work and grow.

“Through its projects across the country, the ministry is taking the lead in enforcing green building best practices and ensuring that sustainability standards are followed during the design, implementation and commissioning phases," he said.

"The ministry ensures that sustainable development parameters are met in the fields of environment, economy and the society at large by rationalising the use of electricity and water usage, encouraging the use of renewable energy, reducing carbon footprint, and implementing the ‘happiness meter’ by using technology and systems that are relevant to the environment.”

The MoU, signed by HE Engineer Zahra Salman Alaboodi, undersecretary of Ministry of Public Works, and Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, aims to encourage all building industry stakeholders to collaborate to achieve the UAE's 'green vision', adoptinging sustainable building systems and rationalising the use of electricity and water to reduce the UAE’s carbon footprint.

Al Abbar said: “We are grateful to the Ministry of Public Works for their support to the built environment across the nation. The MoU is a strong testament to the vision of the Ministry to bring a positive change across the building industry supply chain. We are also thankful to all the subject experts, our members and stakeholders for their active participation in the 3rd EmiratesGBC Congress to make it the most successful edition so far.”

The MoU outlines plans for the Ministry of Public Works and EmiratesGBC to leverage their networks to promote best practices in sustainable built environments.

They will partner to host events on green buildings and establish a joint working committee to research and prepare case studies on the UAE’s green building sector. Both organisations will also exchange best practices and share knowledge in the domain for the benefit of the entire building industry.

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