Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 25, 2016: A delegation from the United Nations Environment Programme visited The Sustainable City in Dubai, the region’s first fully integrated and operational sustainable community of its kind. The visit is part of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2016 roundtable, which is hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
The delegation visit focused on exploring the Sustainable City’s shining example in applying the highest environmental, economical, and social sustainable standards in order to reduce its carbon footprint. The group observed how the development achieves this through the production and consumption of clean energy, recycling water and waste, along with other innovative solutions which create a mini-climate within the city.
Commenting on the occasion, Eng. Faris Saeed, the CEO of Diamond Developers, the developer of the project, said: “We are committed to supporting Dubai’s vision of a green economy strategy. We will continue to develop solutions contributing towards sustainable developments that are capable of dealing with climate change without wasting natural resources or impacting on quality of life.”
Faris continued: “The Sustainable City is a proven successful business model with low risks and high rewards. The misconception that going sustainable comes with extra costs is 100% false, especially as using smart and innovative technologies leads to big savings in operational costs, particularly in relation to water and energy.”
Hussain Hassan Mohamed Khansaheb, Director of Green Development at The Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, said: “The UAE has set itself an ambitious target: to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and transform itself into a knowledge-based, diversified, and innovation-driven economy. Given the solid global momentum on climate action, the timing for decisive action could not be more opportune. By gradually shifting to low carbon growth through its flagship projects such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park, the largest solar power plant in the Middle East and the Sustainable City, the UAE is setting an example to be followed regionally and internationally.”
The (UNEP FI) 2016 roundtable assembly will include several ministerial meetings and sessions that discussed national, regional and international environmental challenges. The participants also evaluated governments’ ability to successfully implement the goals of sustainable development.