The chairman of Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) says the UAE is on a defined path to sustainable development.
Speaking during the recent Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing & Urban Development, Saeed Al Abbar explained that the country has a national-level commitment to net-zero carbon building.
Part of the Global Alliance for Buildings & Construction panel, Al Abbar’s keynote speech cited the world’s cities as driving factors in the shift to net-zero carbon buildings, and predicted the significant role they will have in decarbonisation.
Last month the UAE put pen to paper on the ‘Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative’ in New York.
Al Abbar said: "Measuring and disclosing annual asset and portfolio emissions, implementing a decarbonisation roadmap towards energy efficiency and renewable energy, verifying the progress towards net-zero carbon assets, and acting as a catalyst for further action are the needs of the hour, in what is being termed the ‘Climate Decade’.
"Working together, we can achieve the goal."