Top sustainability experts gear up for EmiratesGBC conference

Publish July 1, 2021
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Leading construction industry experts will discuss 15 years of The Emirates Green Building Council's operations and its contribution to promoting green buildings and the current focus on achieving the Sustainable Cities 2030 vision at the upcoming (EmiratesGBC) congress.

To coincide with the World Green Building Week in September, this year’s congress takes inspiration from the national theme, ‘Year of the 50th, and will be held under the overarching theme, ‘15 years of EmiratesGBC: From Green Buildings towards Sustainable Cities 2030.’

It will be inaugurated by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Honorary President of EmiratesGBC and CEO of Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) on September 22.

The upcoming event will provide a platform for international and regional experts to discuss the latest innovations in driving environmental sustainability, and act as a forum for networking and discussion between members and industry and government stakeholders.

'As the world prepares for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, the UAE continues to make great strides in its efforts to combat climate change. The 10th congress, which takes places as we celebrate our nations golden jubilee, represents the UAE’s commitment to tackling climate change,' stated Sheikha Shamma.

'It provides stakeholders across the public and private sectors with the opportunity to discuss our way forward over the next 50 years. We are confident that the deliberations of the congress will further drive the UAE – and the region’s – efforts to decarbonise and build sustainable cities,' he added.

EmiratesGBC Chairperson Ali Al Jassim said: 'As we mark a milestone this year with the event's 10th edition, we are inspired by the words of our nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, who observed: ‘He who does not know his past cannot make best of his present and future, for it is from the past that we learn.’'

'As the nation strengthens its reserve to combat climate change, cut greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter by 2030, and achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the congress will look at our achievements, current field of work and future strategies,' he added.

The key topics to be discussed include the impact of rapid population and urban growth on building sustainable cities and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the climate change narrative.

The discussions will also highlight the innovation and vision needed to achieve the goal of net zero carbon cities, said Al Jassim.

A number of webinars will also be held in the run-up to the congress, with a focus on different aspects of a sustainable built environment including embodied carbon, healthy cities and building resilience to climate change, he added.

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