RTA, Dubai Carbon team up to curb emissions
Dubai, June 30, 2013
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) recently signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at curbing the emissions of carbon and greenhouse gases.
“The RTA is seeking to adopt the best international practices of sustainability in all affiliated agencies and sectors as well as services rendered to various spectrums of the community, and is keen on protecting the environment and public health through using state-of-the-art technologies in all transit means and associated infrastructure,” said Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector of the RTA.
“The RTA is providing a holistic range of environment-friendly services and products such as the electric-powered driverless Dubai Metro generating zero carbon waste, and public buses that use a specific type of fuel that only contains 50 ppm of sulfur whereas the commercial fuel in use has a 500 ppm sulfur content.
“It also uses the solar energy to operate the car park machines, and deploys a number of hybrid vehicles in the Dubai Taxi fleet besides embarking on a trial run of a bio-fuel powered bus in collaboration with a pioneering UAE company in this regard. The RTA has also used the solar energy to power interior LED lights and this sort of lights, which is used in a number of RTA premises, is highly efficient, power saver and is almost heatless, thus resulting in no carbon emissions,” he continued.
“The RTA is moving ahead with its strategic plan aimed at fostering a sustainable environment and green economy in providing mass transit services as well as other packages of services rendered to customers spanning all community segments,” he added.
Waleed Ali Ahmed Salman, chairman of the Board of the DCCE, said: “The vital role played by the RTA in this field constitutes a pivotal support to the efforts of the UAE towards realizing its vision for a green economy and sustainable environment,” he stated.
“We, in the DCCE, will spare no effort towards providing all sorts of support to the RTA in implementing its strategic plans and initiatives in curbing carbon emissions and I hope that the signing of this MoU will be a significant step in developing a partnership with the RTA; which we believe will set the path and motivate other government and semi-government entities as well as private businesses to follow suit,” Salman concluded. – TradeArabia News Service