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Hotel backs UAE can collection campaign

A Dubai hotel has boosted its green credentials by joining the emirate-wide can collection drive.

The Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai has been making great strides in checking its carbon footprint by incorporating best environmental practices. Recently the hotel joined the “Can Collection” Drive organised by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). The campaign was aimed at spreading awareness about proper waste management and recycling.

Mr Scott Butcher, General Manager, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai, said, “As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy ethical environmental practices are a key priority for us. We are committed to establishing and adhering to an environmental domain that provides solutions to issues at hand. Small, everyday actions can drastically cut down carbon and the Can Collection Drive was a great initiative in that direction . While enhancing the local surroundings it helped creating awareness in waste management and recycling. At the end it is all about responsible living.”

Since its inception, the “Can Collection” campaign has gained tremendous support from all sectors of society. As a result of this, the Emirates Environmental Group has successfully collected a total of 188,943 kg of aluminum cans till the end of August 2013, which has resulted in the mitigation of 2,836 metric ton of CO2 and saved 4,586 m3 of space in the landfill which is almost two Olympic sized swimming pools.

A spokesman for Park Regis said: “However, the UAE still has a long way to catch up when it comes to recycling. Every year, more than 500 million canned beverages are consumed in the country but only about five per cent of these are sent for recycling as compared to a world-wide average of 63 per cent. This year’s goal is to collect a total 25 tons of aluminum cans for recycling to divert recyclable waste from going to landfills across the UAE.”

Mr Butcher stressed, “It is vital to tackle issues affecting climate change at all levels. I am glad we participated in the programme that was aimed at improving the scenario.”

In March 2013, the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai was awarded international Green Globe Certification for demonstrating a firm commitment towards reducing the impact of its business on the environment.

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai is opposite Burjuman Shopping Centre adjacent to the Dubai Metro few minutes’ drive from the airport.


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Dubai latest Middle East stop for sustainable lecture series

With the region known for having one of the world’s highest per capita consumption rates of electricity, Carrier and Otis convened their Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series in the Middle East to inform participants about green building opportunities.

Through events held in Kuwait City, Riyadh and the final one in Dubai, the series connected 350 industry professionals, local building owners and operators with international green building experts from Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, and Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways.

Participants who attended were provided with the opportunity to obtain LEED training, learn more about the business case for green building and gain insight into world green building trends from experts such as John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at UTC Building & Industrial Systems, and Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

According to members of the Emirates Green Building Council, appreciation is growing for the need for more efficient buildings. The Emirate of Dubai has passed a law requiring all future buildings to be green starting in 2014, while a recent McGraw-Hill Construction study found 74 percent of UAE firms expect green building projects to account for the majority of their projects by 2015. Given that the UAE has more green neighborhood projects planned than any other country in the world, the series offered a timely opportunity for local professionals to gain exposure to broader green building trends.

In Saudi Arabia, where per capita energy consumption is three times the world average according to the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, investment in green building is growing. Of the 1,300 or more green building projects currently underway in the Middle East, the Saudi Green Building Forum reports nearly 70 are based in the Kingdom.

The growth prospects for green building in Kuwait are even greater. The country has just 17 projects registered through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. Yet, according to the Energy Information Administration, the country already uses as much as 98.5 percent of its grid capacity during times of peak demand. Rapidly rising consumption rates and persistent power shortages during demand periods make sustainable buildings a priority in Kuwait.

“The Middle East has a great opportunity to establish a strong green building future, especially where we are seeing increasing demand from clients,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “Green building is a smart, long-term business decision with equal economic and environmental value. We strongly believe this week’s dialogue will have a profound, lasting impact.”

Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the lecture series has reached 2,100 professionals through 20 lectures taking place globally in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the UAE. For more information on the sustainability initiatives of Carrier and Otis, visit www.NaturalLeader.com.

Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers.

Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded 160 years ago, Otis employs 61,000 people, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories and maintains over 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

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QGBC signs MOU with Qatar Society of Engineers to promote sustainability

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Qatar Society of Engineers (QSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week, intended to optimise their collective resources and expertise.

The partnership will help deliver professional education and training to enhance sustainability efforts within the construction industry, benefitting its stakeholders and the wider community. This goal will be achieved through joint research projects and outreach activities undertaken by both organisations.

The MOU was signed by Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of QGBC and Ahmad Al Jolo, Chairman of QSE, and was attended by senior representatives from both organisations.

Eng. Al Shamari said: “This agreement serves to reinforce QGBC’s commitment to the environmental pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030, aimed at creating a sustainable society. To reach this goal, we need to raise awareness levels about the importance of green built environments, both in the industrial and public spheres, which is what this MOU will address in due course.”

Al Jolo said: “It is an honour for us at QSE to team up with the prestigious QGBC in pursuit of such a noble cause. I am confident that our joint efforts to disseminate quality sustainability education will be of great value, not only to the construction industry, but to the general public as well.”

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Imdaad spotlights state-of-the-art FM services

Imdaad, an integrated facilities management (FM) solutions company in the GCC, is participating at this year’s edition of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show under the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) pavilion. The company threw the spotlight on its sustainable FM solutions to maintain ‘green’ buildings and best practices for environment-friendly waste management at the opening day of the event held yesterday, November 25 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Big 5 is the perfect platform for Imdaad to raise awareness about its state-of-the-art solutions as well as to emphasise the importance of implementing FM services in the future. The company specialises in offering outsourced solutions that will enable business organisations to take advantage of the most modern technologies and energy-efficient techniques in the maintenance and management of their facilities.

Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO, Imdaad, said: “Imdaad has been empowering its customers to be more profitable and efficient in the maintenance and care of their facilities. Our participation at the Big 5 will further boost our visibility, enabling us to reach out to our customers and business partners including property developers, private and public sectors companies, and individuals who are interested in FM services. The implementation of FM is a win-win situation as it makes business operations more sustainable and environment-friendly as well as cost efficient and profitable.”


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Emission controller

Ben Churchill is managing director of Emrill, the award-winning facilities management company that counts Masdar City among its clients. He tells BGreen how his company is helping hundreds of building owners reduce carbon emissions… and save millions of dollars. Interview by Gary Wright

We’re at the Westin Hotel in Dubai and Ben Churchill takes to the stage and confesses to the assembled conference “I’m addicted to carbon”. With a wry smile the Englishman reveals more of his addiction: his love of plastic bags… and all things great about 21st century living. Then he admits to the audience that the birth of his son made him reflect on the way we devour the planet’s resources. But he’s not preaching and he is certainly no green militant: he is very clear that practicing sustainability, with its enormous cost savings, simply brings green benefits.
He said: “This is not about saving the planet or polar bears – well it is – but people are driven by saving money.”
And with that Churchill takes the assembly at the Sustainability Cooling Conference, held last month, through the huge strides with his leadership company Emrill is making in the facilities management, saving millions of dirhams for owners and slashing carbon emissions too. He explains that buildings are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector.

I had met Churchill for the first time just two hours before his presentation to the conference. He is managing director of Emrill, which last year saw its revenues grow by 47% and this year saw it named FM green company of the year – as well as overall winner.

“Sustainability at Emrill is wide ranging,” he explains. “It’s about the culture of the company and it starts with our staff. “Emrill has over 5,000 employees across the UAE where it looks after more than 1,000 buildings – with around 30,000 customers.”
He said: “In our business many of the staff involved in face-to-face meetings with customers are the concierges and the security guards. Emrill seeks to set up an environment which allows them to do the very best that they can do.
“We try to give them autonomy and the opportunity to grow and develop. We invest in our staff, we allow people to flourish. “Everybody wants to do a good job and staff perform better if it’s a nice place to work.”
He refers to the international accreditation standards to which Emrill subscribes and its H&S policies like the UK.
“It’s not philanthropic – it’s good business and yields results.” Churchill is no textbook manager either and notes business is far more complex than many management gurus would have you believe (“more like a living organism”).
He quotes Peter Drucker, often considered the inventor and father of modern management: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.
Emrill Energy, launched two years ago, has pioneered energy saving in building management and there are some impressive figures that I suggest should make securing new business straightforward. For example 34% of the world’s carbon emissions can be directly related to the buildings in which live and work, says Churchill, who adds “it’s probably closer to 40%”. With the addition intelligent system controls such as variable speed drives on pumps, movement sensors in rooms to control lighting and air-conditioning and to sense the numbers of people in a room along with LED lighting, a building is well on the way to slashing energy bills between 35 and 40% per year. He then talks about BMS – the building management systems – that runs everything from lighting to air-conditioning temperature and hot and cold water supplies.
“Did you know that only 8% of BMS systems are commissioned correctly?” asks Churchill, “that is a bit like saying that 92% of the world’s buildings have their brains turned off.
“If we as an industry can save 35% of the 34% that buildings contribute to global carbon emissions, then we can make a large difference.”
Then he reveals the big benefit to clients: “Energy consumption of a building is around double the cost of facility management.”
He lets you think about that and then explains that Emrill will assess the consumption, show where savings can be made – from the LED lighting to smart air-conditioning systems – then offset that against the cost of the FM.
“A client might chose to pay for all the changes. Then move forward with a far more economic building, or we can arrange the finance for them – again paid for by the savings and we will tell them how long it will take – or any combination.”
When Churchill presents this simple explanation I genuinely believe that this is a perfect business model but he assures me that not everyone believes it can be that simple and some still take more convincing.
It becomes clear that Emrill’s strategy has no real pitfalls and is, as he says, “not about save the planet, but to save money”. The huge reduction in carbon emissions is simply a useful side effect.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi divide Emrill’s business. Around one-third is in Abu Dhabi where Etihad is among its FM customers and, at the time of interview, Emrill further enforced its green credentials after landing the FM contract for Masdar City – the world’s biggest sustainable city project.
Emrill’s PR chief initially asked BGreen not to reveal it had landed the contract but within an hour Churchill was on stage at the cooling conference revealing it to delegates as part of his presentation: Energy in FM, optimising building efficiency. Emrill’s specialist knowledge and experience with solar panels placed it in an extremely strong position when tendering for Masdar City’s contract.
Churchill explains that Emrill set out at the beginning of last year to find a partner with whom it could work on its energy strategy, which would think holistically about the problem of emissions from buildings. It found Crowley Carbon, an Irish company with a broad spectrum energy knowledge and in November 2012 Emrill Energy was launched by explaining “Our industry is the biggest contributor to climate change”.
At the launch of the new wing to Emrill, Churchill said the that UAE ranked third in the world when it comes to energy consumption per capita per head in 2011, following Qatar and Trinidad & Tobago, and stated that it was time to be “slightly concerned” about the figure.
At the time Crowley Carbon chairman Norman Crowley said: “The goal of this joint venture is to make Dubai buildings the most efficient in the world.” And that is what Emrill has aimed to achieve since.
The interview is drawing to a close and Churchill is due on stage at the Westin for the presentation. As we leave the almost deserted restaurant he asks me whether I feel cold and I admit I do.
“That should never happen in Dubai,” he says. “And yet you find it in many places. The air conditioning is set for a roomful of people. A simple sensor would solve it – and save energy costs.”

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Yas Waterworld demonstrates water and energy efficiency systems

The world’s first waterpark to be certified with a green sustainability rating, Yas Waterworld, is gearing up to showcase its cutting edge water and energy-efficient systems at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival at Du Forum Yas Island from November 14-23.

The park will demonstrate how water moves around the 15 hectare mega waterpark and to its 43 thrill seeking rides, slides and attractions. Children will also be encouraged to build a waterpark on workshop tables – incorporating features that will help save water.

Awarded the prestigious Estidama One Pearl green sustainability rating in its opening year due to its intelligent water and energy-efficient systems, Yas Waterworld is able to conserve 30% more water than other waterparks of a similar size. Such initiatives will be demonstrated to local school children at the festival as part of the park’s commitment to sustainable living.

With state-of-the-art features in place to reduce water consumption – including Automatic Water Level Control Units, which maintain the water level of the pools, and high efficiency pumps and turbines for filtration purposes – Yas Waterworld is keen to educate future generations on water conservation.

The Regenerative Media Filter System – the most efficient water reduction system in place at Yas Waterworld – uses on average 90% less water as compared to traditional sand filtration systems, and has played a key role in achieving the green sustainability rating. The park has also installed shades, high rockwork and grottos in order to minimise direct sunlight on the pools surfaces to significantly reduce high evaporation rates.

Visitors to the Yas Waterworld stand at Abu Dhabi Science Festival will also learn about the strategic placing of pumps and piping systems throughout the park, which eliminate long pipe runs and boost hydraulic efficiency, along with Yas Waterworld’s utilising of non-hazardous green UV sterilisation services as an additional means of pool disinfection, eliminating the need for further chemicals to be added to the water.


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