Original Article was published in EmiratesGBC.org
A Letter from the Chairman …
Dear Members and Industry Supporters,
Emirates Green Building Council supports many major events in the country that highlight best practices and innovation in the field of sustainability. With Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week being a significant event taking place each January, EmiratesGBC was in full support of its activities including the World Future Energy Summit held 18-21 January 2016. During the week, EmiratesGBC jointly announced our partnership with WFES 2017 for the Energy Efficiency Expo where we are joined by our partners Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and the Clean Energy Business Council. This new Expo will bring due attention to the energy efficiency industry with a specific focus on green buildings and energy efficient retrofits.
The various programs of EmiratesGBC are developed to align with the UAE Vision to reduce the country’s ecological footprint and achieve the highest green standards. To ensure this alignment with the nation’s vision, the EmiratesGBC Board Advisory Committee has been formed with key government stakeholders. January saw our first Advisory Committee meeting wherein we had a valuable opportunity to get feedback from the Ministry of Public Works, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Dubai Municipality on our key projects and programs for 2016.
Lastly, I’d like to highlight that the EmiratesGBC Awards is still receiving applications as well as sponsorship inquiries. The Awards were developed with the aim of highlighting and celebrating regional green building initiatives and serve as a regional model for the sustainable built environment. Over the years, we continue to receive more and more interesting entries that are supporting efforts to becoming a global centre of green energy and economy. We are looking forward to receiving your applications for this year!
There is still much work ahead of us, but I am confident that our position as a knowledge platform and a bridge between authorities, industry and academia is already making significant impact in accelerating the transition to a sustainable built environment.
Saeed Al Abbar