Dubai / Emirates Business
Dubai Properties, a member of Dubai Holding, has completed the installment of energy-saving systems in its communities that will offset an estimated 1,450 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The master developer enlisted Honeywell, the Fortune 100 software-industrial company, and Signify (formerly known as Phillips Lighting), the world leader in lighting, to carry out energy efficiency upgrades at its Business Bay Executive Towers development as it continues its drive towards enhancing the sustainability of its communities.
The enhancements include the upgrade of building systems and facilities in 11 towers, which will lead to 3.3 million KW/hr of energy savings annually , an approximate saving of AED1.5 million in energy bills. The resulting CO2 emissions offset is equivalent to removing 310 cars from the road for one year or planting 336 trees.
Raed Al Nuaimi, Group Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Properties, said: “We are deeply committed to creating sustainable and energy efficient communities, and this is yet another step in the right direction. In addition to facility upgrades such as this, we continue to develop large areas of greenery in our communities, as highlighted recently by the Middle East’s largest living Green Wall at Dubai Wharf.
“Our aim is to contribute to national efforts towards making Dubai an environmentally-friendly city and support initiatives that further encourage building energy efficiency in line with the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy,” he added.
In keeping with Dubai’s efforts to double energy efficiency by 2030, Dubai Properties collaborated with Signify to retro-fit the existing lighting in 11 residential buildings and corresponding parking area to LED lights, a total of 16,000 light points, ultimately resulting in improved comfort levels for residents and visitors to the community.
From his side Goktug Gur, President and CEO of Signify in Middle East, Turkey and Pakistan, commented “Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient can have a huge beneficial impact on the environment, additionally the financial impact can also be vast.”