Abu Dhabi City Municipality briefs partners on measurements of carbon footprint in road projects

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, has conducted a workshop entitled “Carbon Footprint Calculation Project.”

During the workshop the municipality did an overview of several issues, including projects and studies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in infrastructure projects, through the following work papers: – Carbon footprint model concept – Carbon emissions calculation – Benchmarking the municipality’s carbon emissions calculation model to the commercial calculation models – Carbon emissions gaps and challenges The workshop was attended by 80 specialists from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, Environment Authority Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada), Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Waste Management Centre, and Abu Dhabi Police. The session’s purpose was to screen views, suggestions and responses of strategic partners regarding what had been achieved. It also reviewed the assessment and measurement tools of the carbon footprint of road projects in Abu Dhabi.

The participants engaged in a discussion, inviting suggestions and ideas to identify the best methods of facing environment challenges and curtailing the impact of carbon emissions.

In keeping with the commitment to conserve the environment and highlighting the importance of Abu Dhabi public entities in supporting the development of scientific research, the ADM signed a contract in November 2015 with the Roads and Transport Research Centre and Traffic Safety at UAE University to devise methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in road projects.

An outcome of this joint venture was the Road Projects Carbon Emissions Assessment Project and related Sustainability Initiatives in Abu Dhabi City, which aims to create more environmentally sustainable road projects in Abu Dhabi. The project looks to adopt a comprehensive approach to carbon footprint calculations in road projects, including construction, usage and maintenance. This research study consists of three phases: The first phase is a comprehensive literature review of previous studies related to a reduction of the carbon footprint of road projects. The next phase involves developing a carbon footprint assessment and measurement tools. And finally, the third phase includes studying road projects sustainability issues and a case study to assess the impact of the proposed solutions in reducing road carbon footprint.

Source: Emirates News Agency