Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has highlighted its strong role in driving the sustainable development narrative globally with its senior leaders elected to key international positions.
Two members of the independent forum, aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, have been given posts on the global stage.
Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, has been elected Treasurer of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Board of Directors, while Khaled Bushnaq, Vice Chairman of EmiratesGBC, has been re-appointed Regional Chair of the WorldGBC Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Network.
The WorldGBC Board of Directors comprises senior leaders from 15 Green Building Councils around the world.
Its role is to advise and oversee strategy and governance, to ensure the organisation is operating effectively as a not for profit organisation, and delivering on its mission.
Al Abbar said it is a crucial time for the global green building movement.
He added: “The appointment is a testament to the commendable work that the team at EmiratesGBC has done to drive green buildings in the UAE and the region.
“With the UAE serving as a model in promoting sustainability, underlined by the UAE Vision 2021, and the Energy Strategy 2050, we can further highlight our accomplishments and learn from global experts through our active role in the WorldGBC to drive the global dialogue on sustainable buildings.”
The MENA region is currently home to over 350million people, and its population growth has been characterised by rapid urbanisation.
This is projected to continue, with urban population expected to double from 2010 to 2050, from 200million to nearly 400million, underpinning the need to promote sustainable built environments.
Khaled Bushnaq said: “The MENA region is critical for the growth of green building globally over the next few years. WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Network has been responding to the challenges and opportunities on the ground, ensuring that the region’s buildings ensure a high quality of life for people, minimise negative impacts on the environment, and maximise economic benefits.
“I am thankful to the board for reappointing me as Regional Chair of the Network, which will enable us to continue the work we have commenced to promote sustainable built environments that will help address climate change.”
Cristina Gamboa, CEO, WorldGBC, said of the duo: “As WorldGBC prepares to implement a new three-year strategy in 2020, Saeed’s role as Treasurer will be essential to fulfil the full potential of WorldGBC globally. Saeed has continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership in the field of sustainability, and has promoted green buildings as one of the most effective solutions to climate change.
“Similarly, Khaled has been a true champion of sustainability across MENA, and his leadership as Chair will help to strengthen the network of Green Buildings Councils in the region.”