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EmiratesGBC reveals EUI and WUI of 46 UAE hotels

An expert team at EmiratesGBC analysed the energy use intensity (EUI) and water use intensity (WUI) of the participating hotels to study their performance

EmiratesGBC studied 46 hotels across the UAE to understand their energy and water consumption. [Representational image]
EmiratesGBC studied 46 hotels across the UAE to understand their energy and water consumption. [Representational image]

The UAE's Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) unveiled a report  titled Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels.

The report draws on information gathered from 46 hotels across the country on their property’s general, physical, and operational characteristics, as well as annual energy and water consumption data.

Experts studied these hotels' energy and water consumption data over a three-year period (2013-2015) for the report.

An expert team at EmiratesGBC analysed the energy use intensity (EUI) and water use intensity (WUI) of the participating properties to understand their performance.

The key findings of the study are that UAE hotels have "unequal energy and water performance with high potential for significant savings using viable and affordable existing technologies", according to a statement by EmiratesGBC.

The statement added: "There is a strong need to replace old fixtures and ensure maintenance of water systems, with laundry services and landscaping contributing heavily to water use intensities.

"The study also finds that poor performing hotels consume three times the amount of energy and 7.4 times the water compared to the best performing hotels." 

Hotels built "more recently" were found to benefit from newer technologies and efficient design as well as stringent codes and regulations.

However, this trend highlights the need for older properties to "consider retrofit as a solution to reduce their carbon footprint", the statement added. 

Remarking at the report's launch, Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: "The benchmarking report is a first of its kind study in the UAE aimed at establishing quantitative data on the energy and water efficiency of buildings within a key sector of the economy.

"The study aligns with the UAE’s two-pronged goal of driving best practice and growth in the hospitality and tourism sector as well as being a global leader in sustainable development.

"The findings will serve as a strong indicator that will enable the hospitality sector to reduce its carbon footprint by improving water and energy performances.

"The comprehensive study will enable the hospitality sector to observe best practices in energy and water efficiency, which also make business sense in the long-term with an increasing number of travelers being highly discerning about the sustainability standards of the hotels.

"Driving energy and water use efficiency standards in hotels will help differentiate them in the marketplace and also make them active partners in achieving the sustainability vision of the government," Al Abbar added.  

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