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DIEZ achieves international LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon certificates

He Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) announced that its headquarters, located within the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ), has obtained the international LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon certificates from the US Green Building Council. This achievement places DIEZ as the first entity in the Middle East to achieve these important certifications.

This achievement is in line with the commitment of DIEZ and its affiliated economic zones, Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ), Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) and Dubai CommerCity (DCC), to the strategic vision guidelines of wise leadership to promote sustainable development. as well as investment in renewable energy infrastructure and increased energy efficiency. Additionally, it aligns with DIEZ’s strategic direction of adhering to the highest global standards in sustainability.

The certificates were officially presented to the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) by P. Gopalakrishnan, CEO of India, MENA and SEA markets at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The ceremony was attended by Ms. Deepthy KB, Regional Director of GBCI MENA, and several representatives from both parties.

This achievement coincides with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, who proclaimed 2023 as the Year of Sustainability in the UAE. It also precedes the beginning of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), hosted by the United Arab Emirates this month. With this milestone, the total number of LEED-certified buildings in TEN rises to 31, all of them platinum-rated.

Eng. Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri, Director of Engineering and Sustainability at Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) saying:

“We are proud that the DIEZ headquarters has obtained these two prestigious certifications, since today DIEZ stands out as the first entity to obtain the LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon certificates in the Middle East. This achievement is a sign of our commitment to Adhere to sustainability standards and provide excellent services to our customers and business partners.”

“In addition, this achievement consolidates DIEZ’s global position as a role model in the adoption of a culture of sustainability and responsible environmental practices. “It aligns with our continued efforts to build an environmentally friendly future and serve as an ideal destination for local and international businesses, foreign direct investment and compliance with the highest standards.”

Al Katheeri aggregate.

LEED Zero Energy certification is awarded to buildings that generate energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, equivalent to their average annual consumption. The LEED Zero Carbon certificate recognizes the effective reduction of a facility’s carbon emissions or its offset throughout the year. Both certificates highlight DIEZ’s unwavering commitment to the use of cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions in building management, guaranteeing the highest quality in a sustainable and health-conscious environment.

DIEZ had already made significant progress in meeting sustainability standards and reducing carbon emissions by 2022. Its achievements were aligned with international specifications, including the ISO 50001 system for the optimal and sustainable use of energy and materials. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. These successes included a 24% reduction in carbon emissions and a 46% improvement in the performance of its smart waste management system in 2022 compared to 2021. DIEZ’s achievements were made possible thanks to responsible environmental initiatives, the adoption of the latest sustainable and smart technologies, and effective management of energy consumption, cooling, irrigation and waste recycling systems.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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