Dubai Chamber recognises that resource scarcity and pollution issues such as climate change will seriously challenge the success of businesses and communities if they are not addressed. Further, we realise that there is a great opportunity in better managing resources and waste across all organisations as it reduces costs and enhances competitiveness.
Since 1998 Dubai Chamber has undertaken a number of steps, particularly in terms of energy and water use, to improve its environmental performance. This allowed us to reduce water and energy consumption by 77% and 47% respectively saving AED 7.1 million or US 1.93 million in a decade. In 2009 we became the 1st existing building in the Arab world and 4th outside of North America to achieve the coveted LEED certification for Existing Buildings. Since then we have refitted our head office and applied the latest standards in green building, such as separating printing areas, using green products and recycling materials including electronics. We are also pioneering new initiatives such as using grey water for flushing our toilet systems.
We are proud to offer one of the safest, healthiest, environmentally friendly and design winning workplaces in Dubai for our staff and tennants. This has led to us winning numerous awards for green building and design. Highlights can be viewed in the attached case study or video.