Sustainable city is the buzzword as buildings are seen as the biggest contributor to carbon emissions, says official
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The United Arab Emirates is one of the most aggressive countries in the region on climate change and carbon reduction, and is always the first to adopt and promote new technologies, panelists said during the a forum on Wednesday.
“The UAE is one of the most aggressive nations in the Middle East and always the first to take action and neighboring countries are sort of following the trend the UAE is setting. The country is at the forefront and a pioneer and promoter of new technologies that can be used in the region and globally,” said Adnan Javed, Managing Director of Trane Technologies, at The Journey to Net Zero conference in Dubai on Wednesday.
Organized by Khaleej times, the forum was sponsored by Accenture, Sustainability Partner, Gold Sponsor Trane Technologies, Silver Sponsor Fugro and supported by Clean Energy Business Council, Middle East Solar Industry and Energy Industries Council Mena. The Supreme Energy Council of Dubai officially endorsed by the conference.
Javed pointed out that sustainable city is the buzzword as buildings are considered the biggest contributor to carbon emissions.
“To reduce carbon emissions, the first step is to start monitoring and there are tools available for a starting point and people can measure the reduction in pollution,” he added.
Deepthy KB, regional director of the US Green Building Council and GBCI, said that people are at the center of smart cities so that residents can enjoy better health, social equity, better economic conditions and global prosperity.
“Our programs focus on sustainability and people’s quality of life. We are making a conscious change in people’s health and well-being. Nowadays, sustainability should be a people-centered approach,” she said.
As the world’s population reaches eight billion, she called for closing the gap between the wealthiest and the most vulnerable.
“In the event of a climate disaster, there will be much more time for vulnerable communities to bounce back. so we have to focus not only on the geography according to the different verticals of the city,” she added.
To achieve net zero, Chris Wan, head of design management, Masdar City, said engagement and creating a mindset is the biggest hurdle, not technology and sources.
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