Dubai Souththe largest urban master development focused on aviation, logistics and real estate, recorded several achievements by applying different sustainability practices across its operations at its headquarters and other buildings.
In 2022, Dubai South successfully diverted 622 tonnes of solid waste from landfills, equivalent to 29 per cent of the total waste generated that year. This effort resulted in offsetting 0.63 tCO2 of emissions through a combination of direct recycling and the implementation of materials recovery facility (MRF) services through waste contract services. Prior to this, from January 2014 to January 2021, a total of 4,244 tonnes of waste, constituting 22 percent of the total waste generated during that period, was diverted from landfills through direct recycling, resulting in a compensation of 3.87 tCO2 of emissions.
Southern Energy, the leading energy provider, managed to generate renewable energy through its solar plant projects, with more than 5,644 MWh of clean energy generated from March 2020 to July 2023, which is equivalent to more than 40,048 trees planted, offsetting the 54 percent of electricity demand. In addition to achieving energy savings of 1,127,247 kWh in the Headquarters and Business Park building in 2021, offsetting 519 tCO2 in different projects.
Dubai South also completed its LED energy retrofits in 2020 across its headquarters, business park common areas and four other buildings, resulting in 733,408 kWh of annual energy savings and offsetting a 322 tCO2 footprint. Additionally, 4,458,445 kWh of annual energy savings were recorded following the completion of the project in 2020 for public lighting in Dubai South. Since the completion of the project, South Energy’s district cooling plants have achieved impressive results related to energy retrofits, recording 6.5 million kWh of energy savings, AED 2.9 million in energy cost savings and a significant reduction of more than 2.9 million kilograms in the CO2 footprint.
Regarding water recycling, in 2022, the Dubai South Treatment Plant (STP) treated 1,009,470 cubic meters (m3) of wastewater into treated wastewater effluent (TSE), originating from Dubai South and connected buildings of customers, which together produced a compensation of 2,471 tCO2 of emissions. While, from 2017 to 2021, the STP treated and produced 2,262,316 m3 of EET, generating an impressive offset of 5,539 tCO2 of emissions.
Additionally, from 2018 to 2020, a water modernization project, at the Dubai South headquarters, 10 buildings in Sakany, 10 buildings in the Business Park and the VIP terminal in MBRAH, together achieved annual water savings of 16,984,611 gallons. This achievement resulted in an offset of 222 tCO3 of emissions.
In his comments on the company’s sustainability achievements, Khalifa Al Zaffin, CEO of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai Southsaying,
“As the United Arab Emirates prepares to host COP28, we are pleased to see that our approach to sustainability is paying off since we embarked on this journey. At Dubai South, we are proud to be aligned with the government’s long-term vision and sustainability strategies for a better future and generations to come, and we will spare no effort to continue contributing and implementing different practices in Dubai South and its different buildings. .”
Dubai South is Dubai’s largest urban master development focusing on an aviation and logistics ecosystem hosting the world’s largest airport when fully operational, complemented by multi-modal transport infrastructure connecting air, land and sea. Dubai South aims to create a vibrant living and working community by leveraging its unique aviation, logistics and real estate products and services and world-class infrastructure solutions.
News source: Emir