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Rezidor Hotel Group Hosts First Carbon Neutral Meeting

Rezidor Hotel Group has hosted its first carbon neutral meeting in the Middle East, an annual internal conference for international general managers, in Dubai. Organisers used the Meetings Minus Carbon initiative, launched by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in 2012, which ensured the meeting had no negative impact on the global environment.

Demonstrating a new era of event planning, the travel and event emissions of each attendee of the conference was calculated, taking into account the distance and method of travelling, and the corresponding CO2 footprint. The resulting contributions from the attendees will be used to benefit the global eco-system and renewable energy sources.

Mark Willis Area Vice President of Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa at the Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “We are practicing what we preach, by investing in our own Meetings Minus Carbon by Club Carlson for Planners initiative – which is a practical solution towards reducing the company’s carbon footprint. On this occasion, we have offset more than 89 tonnes of CO2 total emissions.

“The offsetting happens through Verified Carbon Standard Credits of wind farms in Kerala, India combined with one additional tree planted in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya for each tonne of carbon offset. We hope that this will inspire our customers when they next book a meeting at any of our 1,077 hotels worldwide.”

The carbon offsetting initiative, which is also offered as a free service for meeting planner members of Club Carlson, is managed through Carlson Rezidor’s partner, Carbon Footprint Ltd., based out of the United Kingdom.


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DEWA’s green vision

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) confirmed that DEWA is working to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 which aims to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021, and to implement the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative. DEWA aims to consolidate the foundations of sustainable development by facilitating and supporting various initiatives to promote green technologies, to increase energy efficiency, encourage conservation of natural resources, and reduce carbon footprint, one of the hallmarks of the shift to a green economy.

Al Tayer was addressing a conference organised by the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates (FBC). The event was held at DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, the largest sustainable government building in the world. The conference addressed a number of key topics including green buildings, energy efficiency and sustainability, and water desalination technologies.

Al Tayer said: “DEWA supports a wide variety of initiatives to enhance sustainable solutions. This also complements the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030, through the adoption of energy efficiency initiatives. The implementation of this strategy will strengthen Dubai’s leading position in energy security, and efficiency, and support a green economy and sustainable development, which emerges from the clear vision of the government.

“DEWA has also achieved significant savings in energy consumption, by adopting environmentally friendly technology in the production of electricity and water, as well as launching a number of initiatives that have contributed to the high rates of savings in the consumption of electricity and water to save resources for a better tomorrow.”

“In line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, DEWA has succeeded in raising the efficiency of our plants by 26% from 2006 to 2012, and increased production capacity by 450 MW without using more fuel, by using successfully tested technologies in exchange for a minimal cost compared to the costs involved in installing new plants. In terms of green buildings, we work in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and a number of private sector companies to retrofit over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate of Dubai to make them more sustainable. The two-phase project, at a cost of AED10 billion, as the adoption of green building standards in Dubai, will become mandatory starting the beginning of 2014,” concluded Al Tayer.


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Coca-Cola’s footprint reduction

Global beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola will discuss issues of water footprint at the inaugural International Water Summit

According to Coca-Cola Middle East’s public affairs and communications director Antoine Tayyar, during the International Water Summit (IWS) that will take place in Abu Dhabi from 15 January to 17 January, the Coca-Cola Company will discuss global and regional methods of water footprint reduction, among other social initiatives that have been launched in the Middle East, as a response to the serious water challenge the region.

“Coca Cola’s global water stewardship goal is to safely return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to what is uses in all its beverages and their production by 2020,” Tayyar said.

Tayyar mentions that Coca-Cola has a sequence of water targets including “reducing its water-use ratio to improve water efficiency [and] recycling water used in its manufacturing processes at all plants by ensuring water is treated and returned to the environment at a level that supports aquatic life.”

Coca-Cola has been involved with 386 community water projects initiatives across 94 countries since 2005. Within the last five years, Coca-Cola has invested an estimated US $250 million in community water partnerships with 532 organisations globally.

Some initiatives that the company played a role in includes; watershed protection, expanding community drinking water and sanitation access, water for productive use, agricultural water efficiency in addition to education and awareness programmes.

Coca-Cola improved its water efficiency by 19.4% between 2004 and 2011. Based on 2010 unit-case volume, Coca-Cola estimates that 35%  (53.3 billion litres) of the water used in its finished beverages has been replenished through the 386 community water projects.

According to the World Bank, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the most water-scarce region in the world. Making up 6.3% of the world’s population, MENA has only 1.4% of the world’s renewable fresh water. Based on current estimates, MENA will have reached absolute water scarcity by 2025.

About two thirds of the MENA region’s water requirements are currently supplied through desalination. However, due to the lack of technology (that should meet the region’s rising demand for fresh water), and lack of rivers in the region, the option of desalination is not a durable alternative. The Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) has become a global leader for desalination (due to the region’s desert landscape).

The GCC is planning to invest US $100 to $120 billion worth of water infrastructure projects mainly in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The final goals of these projects are for increasing desalination capacity by 71% by 2016.


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Green project awarded Carbon Credits in Abu Dhabi

An Abu Dhabi energy project, managed by a UAE-based company, is the first in the region to be recognised as meeting global Verified Carbon Standard criteria. It is to receive Carbon Credits to help fund its programme.


Emirates CMS Power Company (ECPC) has received 36,436 Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) in certificates, worth over $13 each, to sell on the open market.  The organisation is responsible for combined cycle power and a desalination plant and is located in Al Taweelah, owned by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.

The project recovers heat to generate low-pressure steam using heat re-claimer coils to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction. The power plant includes gas turbines, heat recovery steam generators and steam turbines, with water production from 4 distillers fired by waste heat from the gas turbines. Supplemental gas firing within the plant also allows up to 100% of water production capacity to be achieved while operating at power production levels as low as 30%.

David Antonioli, CEO of the VCS Association, based in Washington DC, said: “Our job is to determine project eligibility and ensure the project quantifies greenhouse gas emission reductions or removals according to a methodology that has been developed under VCS or another approved GHG programme. Within the VCS Project Database, every Verified Carbon Unit, or VCU, can be tracked from issuance to retirement, allowing buyers to ensure every credit is real, additional, permanent, independently verified, uniquely numbered and fully traceable online.”

VCS issues credits relating to the GHG emissions reduction achieved by a particular project. These credits may then be sold on the carbon market to companies who are willing to reduce their carbon footprint.

Benefits of executing the project have resulted in reduced thermal emissions into the atmosphere, efficient use of excess heat for steam generation and desalination, and a reduction in CO2 emissions from combustion. Further benefits include reduction in the environmental footprint of power and water production.

In addition to reducing the effects of climate change, the project will also contribute towards promoting sustainable practices in Abu Dhabi through conservation of fossil fuel and the introduction of new practices and technology. Other than reducing air pollution, the project is also expected to encourage other organisations to adopt similar projects.

Charles Stephenson, director of Dubai-based sustainable investment group, AGT, said: “One common question our team of consultants in the UAE are asked businesses looking to retire Carbon Credits as part of their CSR programmes is ‘which projects in the UAE benefit from this type of funding? And up until now there haven’t been any, so this development is a big deal for our consultants. Hopefully the award will spur on many more greenhouse gas reduction projects in UAE and across the region and we can keep the momentum going.”


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Emirates Group establishes carbon commitments

Following World Environment Day last week, agencies from both the public and private sector across the UAE have renewed their pledges to reduce carbon emissions by stepping up operational efficiency and reducing consumption where possible.

Emirates Group announced their interest for low-carbon operations by signing the MOU with DCCE at the headquarters of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).  The strategic collaboration on greenhouse-gas reductions for the company, which consists of Emirates Airline, DNATA and other associated business units, includes carbon trading in addition to operational changes within the organisation.

The MoU between DCCE and the Emirates Group was attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and signed by Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline and Waleed Salman, chairman of the DCCE.

According to Al Tayer, this initiative will support efforts across the nation to protect its environment by reducing carbon emissions through a mechanism for carbon trading internationally within the European Union Carbon Trading Programme.

“The MoU will serve as a framework agreement towards developing low-carbon activities. The Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence will provide its expertise on carbon to support Emirates. A number of projects are being explored as part of the MoU; including energy-efficient lighting for Emirates Group accommodation buildings, solar hot-water systems and waste-to-energy technologies,” added Al Tayer during the announcement made earlier today.

For Clark, this partnership affords the Emirates Group the opportunity to examine potential Dubai-based emission reduction projects. Emirates is already one of the most environmentally-efficient airlines in the world, with a fuel efficiency 22.5% better than the International Air Transport Association (IATA) global fleet average and CO2 emissions 18.1% better than the IATA average (per passenger kilometre).

“The Emirates Group plays an active role in our emirate’s economy and is already an international role model for environmentally-efficient operations with 25% less than the international standard. It is a truly visionary step for its management to undertake such efforts to further improve their environmental performance and shows a true commitment to Dubai’s sustainable growth,” said Waleed Salman, Chairman of DCCE.

The Dubai Carbon Centre is also mandated by the Dubai Government to develop the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, or carbon footprint, for the Emirate of Dubai. As a strategic initiative by the DSCE, it will be the first of its kind in the region and enable the government to establish a baseline on present day emission levels and track changes in the years to come.

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Dubai’s Carbon Footprint project kicks into gear

Notorious for topping the global list of carbon emitters, Dubai’s recently launched Carbon Footprint Project has spawned numerous objectives across government bodies and industries for the ‘monitoring, reporting and verification’ of the city’s emissions.

On Monday, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) organised a workshop marking the launch of the initial phase (‘Monitoring, Reporting and Verification’) of the project, which will create a platform to benchmark Dubai’s carbon performance.

In an effort to mitigate climate change, The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy organises workshops and coordinates with stakeholders to support the assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, while providing background information on the project’s aim, its methodology and data collection process.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of DSCE, said: “We will identify viable targets for emission reduction and provide recommendations on how to monetize emissions, similar to the European Trading Scheme or the Clean Development Mechanism developed under the Kyoto Protocol, through the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence.”

Al Tayer added: “We will also create an incentive-based mechanism to reduce carbon emissions which will establish a regional benchmark for sustainable development and help finance new investment in clean energy infrastructure, further supporting the growth of Dubai.”

“This initiative is an integral part of the UAE Strategy for Green Development announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote green economy for sustainable development and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, and includes the establishment of the 1000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the Emirate announced earlier this year.”

Al Tayer stressed that Dubai is leading the region in the transition to a low carbon economy. “We also aspire to play an active role at the federal level in the UAE’s low carbon projects.”

The workshop was inaugurated by Waleed Salman, Chairman of the DCCE, who underlined the importance of this project, which will lead to building a strong database to reach the objective of the CO2 abatement strategy in Dubai. Speakers included Mr. Taher Diab, Director of Strategy and Planning at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Mr. Ivano Iannelli, CEO of DCCE.

The workshop was attended by newly appointed Carbon Strategy Champions and facilitators from a number of Dubai based Government entities and other industries.

The DCCE was appointed as an advisor to develop the Carbon Emission Inventory, or simply speaking an overall “carbon footprint” for Dubai. The effort, first of its kind in the region, will enable the Government of Dubai to draw a baseline on present day emission levels and track changes in the years to come.

As a strategic initiative by the DSCE, it will form the background for the development of a legal framework and is aimed at introducing a comprehensive carbon dioxide abatement programme.

In order to facilitate and harmonize the data collection in the ‘Monitoring, Reporting and Verification’ (MRV) phase of the project, governmental institutions and the industry were briefed during the workshop on how to report their entity’s emissions. Participants are being associated with their industrial cluster to promote mutual assistance as well as competitive spirit among the industries.

Waleed Salman, Chairman of the DCCE, said: “We want to establish an engaging collaboration with the industry, answer their questions and listen to their concerns. An inventory of this scale can only be managed with the support of all. Therefore, we are highly appreciative of the great support of our partners in the governmental entities, institutions and private and public industries. The impressive turnout of today’s event confirms our direction.”

The detailed inventory of Dubai’s greenhouse gas emissions is being produced in line with the requirements of the International Panel on Climate Change, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Expected to be finalised by December 2012, it will verify and extend the initial carbon dioxide emissions baseline established by the DSCE in 2011.

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