EmiratesGBC Congress to focus on UAE’s achievements in sustainable development

DUBAI, — The UAE’s achievements in sustainable development as a strategy towards a greener future will be the focus of attention at the fifth EmiratesGBC Congress 2016 on 25th and 26th October in Dubai.

The annual gathering of regional and international experts, who represent diverse sectors of the sustainably built environment and related industries, will highlight how the nation’s success in green buildings can be leveraged to formulate a roadmap of the future in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the objectives of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement.

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is an independent forum that aims to preserve the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices. The two-day event will include keynotes, panel discussions, networking sessions and a workshop followed by site visit.

“With this year’s congress we are back-casting on the sustainable development framework of the UAE and the region where through discussions we envision future desired conditions for a green and sustainable urban environment. The congress will then proceed to define the steps that are needed to achieve the conditions,” said Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC.

“This is a path-breaking approach through which we do not merely continue the measures we have taken but work towards tangible goals. We are confident that the congress will serve as a referral point in shaping the new sustainable development narrative of the UAE, enabling the nation to achieve the goals of the Vision 2021,” he added.

Based on the ‘back-casting’ approach, EmiratesGBC Congress 2016 has five key pillars. These are Building the Future City, Targets of the Future, Transports of the Future, Materials of the Future and Regulations of the Future.

“These five pillars will help us develop a comprehensive framework for creating a sustainable development strategy that can be replicated across the region. Our goal is to foster innovative thinking and research that will redefine the green building industry,” Al Abbar stated.

The first day will explore the achievements to date in sustainable urban development and focus on how one can use the accomplishments of the past to achieve a sustainable future. The second day includes an architectural heritage tour to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, House 26 in the Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood (Bastakiya) of Bur Dubai.

Source: Emirates News Agency