Utilities Middle East

EXPO 2020 unlocks the future

- Baset Asaba, Editor Email: baset.asaba@itp.com www.utilities-me.com

Starting this month, the world’s 191 countries will gather in one place, driven by the common objective to connect minds and create the future.

As the world grows hotter and climate change is no longer a far reality, EXPO 2020 Dubai hopes its platform will provide a foundation for a collaborat­ive, people-centred strategy to help heal the planet. And the best way to do this is through the sustainabl­e allocation of resources.

From recycling to promoting natural solutions, EXPO 2020 hopes to inspire others to reaffirm their commitment to the environmen­t and protecting the Earth for future generation­s.

All of its actions are geared towards creating positive environmen­tal impacts on a national, regional and global scale, and support the Dubai Plan 2021, UAE Vision 2021 and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainabl­e Developmen­t.

For instance, 50% of EXPO 2020 Dubai’s energy will come from renewable energy sources, as all of the permanent buildings are fitted with solar panels and other clean energy systems.

Renewable energy systems with a combined total capacity of 5.5 megawatts on all permanent building projects have been installed across the Expo site. That’s enough energy to go approximat­ely 180,000 round trips from Downtown Dubai to the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

All of the permanent buildings at EXPO 2020 are integrated with photovolta­ic panels and have incorporat­ed renewable energy systems.

CEEQUAL, an internatio­nal sustainabi­lity assessment, rating and awards scheme for infrastruc­ture projects, awarded eight Expo projects such as Al Wasl Plaza, parks and the public realm with an ‘Excellent’ certificat­ion.

25% reduction in potable water use in buildings, with all water for irrigation and cooling to be recycled water. 85% of all waste to be segregated, treated and diverted from landfill.

EXPO 2020 is expected to drive the momentum on sustainabi­lity and provide a template for change in the ways essential services such as power and water are generated and consumed. EXPO 2020 is certainly the key to the future.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Arab Emirates