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Dubailand’s Sustainable City project out for tender ‘in February 2014′

Diamond Developers will issue a $82 million contract for construction within their $299 million Sustainable City project in Dubailand, UAE, according to a report on our sister website Big Project.

“We will be issuing a tender for the construction of a school, a university and a planetarium by February next year,” said Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers .The company will also construct 500 villas in the development.Set for completion in 2015, Dubai Sustainable City is expected to feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 square foot-long water canal with a tourist minaret. At least 20% of the construction area is planned to be built with eco-friendly materials. The project will also feature 600,000sqft. of solar farms, which will provide for 50% of the cooling energy in the development.Saeed also added that all sewage water will be recycled, and homeowners will not be charged for services, community fees and maintenance fees for their villas. The community centre and retail wing are expected to generate enough income to cover expenses.

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DuPont achieves sustainability goals 3 years ahead of schedule

With the release of its new Sustainability Report yesterday, DuPont today announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and has made substantial progress toward the rest.

“At DuPont, sustainability is a business growth strategy that has been a driving force at our company for decades,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “This report illustrates the progress we have made against our voluntary commitments and the continued integration of sustainability into all our operations.”

The company’s 2015 market-facing goals, set in 2006, focussed on the shared value DuPont products bring to customers. As of last year, the company has generated over $6.7 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also have invested nearly $4 billion in research and development programmes to develop products with direct, quantifiable environmental benefits for our customers,” Fisher added. “The simultaneous success of our market-facing and footprint goals is the business case for sustainability.”

Since 2004, DuPont has reduced the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to the goal of 15%; lowered global water usage by 12%; earned $2 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and $11.8 billion in revenue from products based on non-depletable resources.

DuPont announced a new set of goals in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. This is the first year DuPont is reporting progress on these goals. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” Fisher adds. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

To read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report: www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/sustainability/performance-reporting/sustainability-reports.html

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ADSG members plan ahead

At its fourth Quarterly Forum Meeting, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) discussed the group’s strategy for the years 2014 to 2018. The meeting was hosted by an ADSG member, Rotana, where members explored the current and upcoming sustainability issues that the group should work on.

During the opening of the meeting, Huda Al Houqani, ADSG’s director, said: “Our focus will remain on partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing – as our chosen operating model to advance economic, social, and environmental objectives simultaneously.”

During the meeting the group announced that one of its members, Masdar, is working closely with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is an international non-profit organisation that provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.

The ADSG invited its members to form a pilot group of companies in Abu Dhabi to further develop their carbon reporting, in accordance with the CDP’s reporting approach.

During the meeting, and the group discussed its forthcoming plans to participate at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week taking place next year from January 18-24.


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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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EmiratesGBC Congress to highlight green building regulations and financing

The second Annual Congress of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, to be held on December 11 & 12, 2013, at the Grosvenor House Dubai, will put the spotlight on green building regulations, green financing schemes and governmental approaches to promote all-round sustainable development.

Adnan Sharafi, Chairman of EmiratesGBC and Board Member of the World Green Building Council, said: “The case studies presented at the Congress will serve in sharing best practices with policy makers and stakeholders across the construction sector supply chain. The Congress indeed has been conceptualised to promote knowledge sharing that will enable the region to highlight its leadership in promoting sustainable growth.”

Among the confirmed keynote speakers at the event, include representatives of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Dubai Municipality, the Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi, and United Nations Development Programme.

One of the key sessions on the opening day of the Conference focuses on financing schemes for green buildings covering the need for financing, innovative financing mechanisms, incentive strategies and fee structures. The panelists include representatives of DEWA, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Etisalat, Regulation & Supervision Bureau (RSB) and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Qatar Green Building Council and Estidama will present case studies highlighting the benefits of sustainable built environments.

A series of workshops will be held on the second day of the Congress. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council will discuss about Estidama, while the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence will present a workshop on measuring carbon footprint.

The Congress is open to EmiratesGBC members and non-members. To attend, they have to register at http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/register/. Registration fees are AED 1,500 for members and AED 2,000 for non-members, providing access to the 2-day Congress, including workshops and gala dinner.



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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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