DIP's sustainability initiative a success
Dubai, March 26, 2014
Dubai Investments Park [DIP], an integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East wholly-owned by Dubai Investments, said its energy-efficient sustainability programme has recycled over 51 million cu m of waste water over the last 10 years.
More than 90 per cent of the recycled waste water, which is treated at the DIP Sewage Treatment Plant [STP], is used for irrigation and landscaping purposes within DIP, said a statement.
Over the last 10 years, DIP has helped save 1.48 million truck trips off the roads to dispose the sewage to nearby STPs, with the total CO2 emissions reduction through this initiative being 777,913 tonnes, it said.
It has also reduced more than 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through its energy-efficient sustainability programme, with plans to reduce it further in the coming years.
The sustainable environmental approach optimises the mobility of people and reduces the average trip distance to commute to work or school, said the statement.
Omar Mesmar, general manager, said: “Since our incorporation in 1997, we have remained committed to sustainable practices that benefit the DIP community. DIP is one of the largest business and residential communities in the Middle East and our contribution to sustainability has been significant year-on-year. We have consistently raised the benchmark to reach greater heights in our sustainability efforts.”
DIP is also one of the green zones in Dubai, with over 20,000 trees planted along the common areas and gated communities of the development, besides landscaping along 70km of road side. It is mandatory for DIP business clients to landscape between 10 and 20 per cent of their plot areas, he said.
Similarly, DI joint venture company Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) provides district cooling to DIP’s businesses and households with operating capacity of 52,898 tonnes of refrigeration.
The district cooling plant helped to save electricity by 312.95 million kWh (34 per cent less than conventional AC), which is the equivalent of reducing 159,028 tonnes of CO2. Apart from electricity savings, it also helps to reduce refrigerant leakage to the atmosphere. - TradeArabia News Service