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Dubai conference puts spotlight on CO2 emissions

Dubai, June 9, 2008

The Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction put the spotlight on CO2 emissions, dust high energy consumption and raw materials as delegates discussed procedures and means to abate their adverse effects.

The event was held yesterday (June 8) at the Dubai Police Academy in Dubai.

The Middle East region is experiencing a major construction boom that puts increasing pressure on natural resources and energy thus raising the need for sustainable construction.

The conference was opened by UAE Minister of environment and water Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad. Over 500 delegates including ministers of environment, under secretaries from the ministries of environment, scientists and public and private sector officials from around the world attended the event.

The delegates will also be attending the Zayed International Prize for the Environment today (June 9).

Executive director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) Nils Larsson presented a paper about the many factors in the design of individual projects that affect the potential for performance. 

He recommended the Integrated Design Process (IDP) that helps clients and designers to avoid choosing the wrong path early in the design process, and experience has shown that this approach can result in 50 per cent improvements in energy consumption at very little additional cost.

Divisions manager, Middle East, for the Environment Technologies Division of Waagner Biro Gulf Peter Neuschaefer presented a paper about sustainable wastewater treatment practices and the challenge of climate change.

He underlined solutions that are cost effective and demonstrate the possibilities that environmentally friendly construction enables economical, ecological and more sustainable development. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Environment | CO2 | Zayed Prize |

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