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    Dubai to be among top sustainable cities

    Dubai Municipality says green building regulation strictly adhered to in new projects.

    In the build up to host the World Expo 2020, the civic body in Dubai is striving to make the emirate one of the top 10 sustainable cities in the world by implementing the green building regulation and related orders.

    The Dubai Municipality has already started its efforts towards creating one of the most sustainable cities in the world and had recently formed a special committee for sustainability, which will study and execute green initiatives, the Director- General of the Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, has announced.

    “We are obliged to fulfil our word in front of the world that we will create an amazing future connecting the minds of all nationalities, as we realise that the eyes of the entire world are looking to Dubai to know what we are going to do in years to come,” he said in a media statement.

    “We won this opportunity as result of long-sighted vision and plans of our leadership which are crystal clear from the current structure and ongoing projects in the emirate of Dubai,” Lootah said.

    Assistant Director-General, Abdullah Rafia, who is also the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee said the committee’s responsibilities include developing mechanisms to evaluate green buildings and the extent of achieved sustainability and follow-up of procedures for the implementation of such mechanisms with authorities concerned.

    Additionally, it has to propose, coordinate and review studies and research on the sustainability and development of programmes and plans for the adoption, dissemination and application of the recommendations in coordination with the relevant authorities.

    According to the Director of the General Projects Department, the green building rules are strictly implemented in all new projects. “We also take necessary steps to gradually change the old systems to energy saving systems.”

    “Currently the areas under the responsibility of DM include street lighting, roadway lighting, parks, community facilities, parking lots, city landscaping, residential and commercial buildings, pedestrian and bicycling pathways,” Mashroom said.

    “The application of renewable energy technologies is an orientation that the General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality works to adopt by implementing sustainable projects and systems, including solar lighting system,” he said.

    “Through the solar powered lighting the civic body aims to provide a safe and secure environment at night, extend the use of parks and walkways into the night, enhance historical /notable features, and enhance travel on the roads and at intersections.”

    The General Projects Department has successfully implemented the solar powered lighting system in its prestigious projects and facilities like Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Al Mushrif Park, Al Barsha 2nd Pond Park, Al Suffouh Park, Al Warqaa 2nd Neighbourhood Park, Port Saeed Plaza, Al Awir Park, and community facilities in Al Warqaa 3rd, Lehbab, Hatta and Nazwa.

    Juma Khalifa Al Fuqae, the director of Maintenance Department said the department has already started replacing the old lighting systems with the LED technology in the premises and public facilities governed by the civic body in the emirate of Dubai aiming at saving around 55% of energy consumption.

    “The initiative would help DM save money, energy and environment at same time boosting its strategy to create the most sustainable city in world,” he said.

    (Khaleej Times)

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