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Telecom operator reveals its official carbon emissions

Emirates telecom giant du has revealed details of its first ever Green House Gas (GHG) in collaboration with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). The report is an effort by du to formalise and document its carbon footprint by an independent third party. This has allowed du, to measure its environmental impacts and drive their environmental strategy towards carbon abatement activities that supports the UAE’s “Green Economy Strategy”.

“We are committed to achieving a greener future for our company, community and country, in line with the vision of our leadership for a green economy,” said Abdulhadi Alalyak, Vice President – Asset Management and Corporate Administration, du. “Our current carbon abatement strategies already in place such as our solar panels and hybrid power systems have significantly contributed in the reduction efforts. Going ahead, we intend to make this an annual exercise. The report will act as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to inform, educate and encourage proactive actions and promote our sustainability efforts.

The evaluation and analysis of du’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions throughout 2012 was reported on the three parameters as defined by Green House Gas Protocol, with a total emission baseline for the year calculated as 248,553 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This represents approximately 0.5% of Dubai’s emissions and 0.12% of the UAE’s total emissions.

The detailed analysis had reviewed the different activities and their emissions across du’s technology and commercial controlled assets located within the 7 emiratesAs per the report, Scope 2 emission such as electricity, used in du’s base transceiver station shelters and data centres represent the majority of du’s total emissions of 89%.  Scope 1 emissions, such as those from internal combustion from du’s fleet, diesel generators and emissions of refrigerants, contribute to 11% of the total emissions.

More details about du’s sustainability efforts can be found in the company’s 2012 Sustainable Development report: http://www.du.ae/en/about/sustainability

du opened for business in 2006 offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. It also provides carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters and has 6.8 million customers. du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.


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Europe and China Join Forces to Upgrade Urban Mobility

The European Union and China are working together to improve urban mobility. Hundreds of European and Chinese city mayors as well as academics and business representatives with an interest in the future of urbanisation gathered in Beijing at the Second EU China Urban Forum Thursday through Saturday to share ideas and identify future co-operation activities.

In his keynote address on opening day in the Great Hall of the People, European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas said, “The impact of our urbanisation efforts goes beyond European and Chinese domestic interests. We need to ensure the sustainable development of our cities not only for our citizens and our economies but because our cities have a global impact on environment, resources and greenhouse gas emissions – with significant geo-political consequences.”

EU Vice President in charge of transport, Siim Kallas, addresses an audience of mayors in Beijing.

Tianjin, Shenzhen and 10 other Chinese cities signed partnership agreements with European cities and organisations during the forum.

“China expects more EU countries and cities as well as enterprises and organisations to establish close and practical partnership with their Chinese counterparts,” said Xu Shaoshi, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

Kallas said, “Cities are and always will be places of exchange: exchange of goods and ideas. Cities will be the drivers of economic growth in the 21st Century – but there is a risk that the quality of life in cities deteriorates, making them unattractive, inefficient and socially divisive.

“Together Europe and China can lead the way towards sustainable urbanization and create a win-win situation for our citizens, business and the environment.”


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