EmiratesGBC to conduct first ever discussion on scaling up net zero energy buildings

The discussion will be held under the theme ‘Targeting Zero: A Vision for Future Cities’.

Saeed Al Abbar, chairman, Emirates Green Building Council.
Saeed Al Abbar, chairman, Emirates Green Building Council.

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) will be conducting a regional first discussion on scaling up the Net Zero Energy Building movement to create net zero cities at its seventh annual Congress.

The discussion will be held under the theme ‘Targeting Zero: A Vision for Future Cities’, on 9 October 2018 at the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre hotel.


The event is being held for the second consecutive year under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, mandated to promote advancements toward a green economy in the UAE.

The Annual EmiratesGBC Congress brings together international experts in diverse aspects of energy management and sustainable development to discuss strategies for promoting sustainable built environments for the cities of the future in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the objectives of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement. The event aims to influence sustainable practices in the UAE’s built environment and to help identify key industry challenges and solutions as well as catalyse innovation in green building practices to create new models that support the country’s efforts to be more sustainable.

This year’s Congress will, for the first time, discuss best practices and the road map to go beyond net zero carbon buildings to achieve global emission targets, and to drive discussion on net zero cities that help ensure the viability and liveability of the cities in the future. Net zero carbon buildings are defined by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as those that are highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources. They can effectively support achieving the Paris Agreement levels of global emission reductions.

Saeed Al Abbar, chairman, Emirates Green Building Council, said: “It is forecasted that by 2050, almost 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. Within this same timescale and in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement there is a need to decarbonise the global economy by 2050, which necessitates a pathway of developing zero carbon cities. This challenge and unique opportunity forms the heart of the conversation that we aim to steer at the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress. We are honoured to host the Congress under the patronage of Ministry of Climate Change and Environment for the second consecutive year and we are looking forward to welcoming a line-up of experts who will present our audiences with compelling insights on how Net Zero Energy Buildings hold the answer for the growth and survival our cities in the future.”

EmiratesGBC regularly hosts and participates in multinational events, conferences and forums. It has also developed a suite of activities, inclusive of networking events, technical workshops, focus days and facilitated training based around specific issues related to the built-environment that meet the needs of its members, of the UAE community, and the wider Middle East.

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