EGBC to pave way for eco-friendly buildings

DUBAI - With Dubai generating more than 3.5 million tonnes of general wastes in 2007 and the figure expected to rise, the formation of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) will pave the way for eco-friendly buildings and offices in the near future, said a senior official of the Dubai Municipality.

Speaking at the opening of the Recycling Middle East Conference, Abdullah Rafia, Assistant Director-General for Environmental and Public Affairs in the municipality, stated, “The civic body is taking a lot of steps towards the promotion of Green Buildings and recycling aimed at reducing the pollution levels.

“Among the initiatives already in place is the new law on green construction and the formation of the Emirates Green Building Council, which will lead to more eco-friendly buildings and offices,” said Rafia.

The two-day conference has been organised by the Dubai Municipality at Al Murooj Rotana Hotel and Suites. Recycling Middle East is a high-level business forum where prominent industry experts can share their experiences and knowledge on the latest inclinations and technology in global recycling.’ as well as current Middle East recycling practices and environmental protection programmes.

The MP International Conference Director, Tony Chan, one of the organisers of the conference said, “The quantity of general waste generated in Dubai is expected to rise over the years. In such a scenario, some concrete steps are needed in order to reduce the wastes and recycling them. The conference will help the authorities to share their knowledge and knowhow and get new ideas.”

Discussions will also cover variety of topics on global and Middle East recycle strategies, new technologies in paper making, collection, disposal and security, financial implications, world trade and global sourcing as well as sustainable development.

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