Environment & Sustainability
The UAE has embarked on establishing several institutions to address short term and long term problems by constructing frameworks and guidelines to be followed by residents, public and government institutions for better sustainability and environmental performance.
Demand Side Management (DSM) programs are designed to influence consumer behavior to reduce waste and ensure the efficient and economic use of scarce electricity and water resources. DSM practices are currently being used by governments worldwide that seek to reduce costs, improve productivity, and promote sustainability.
Common DSM tools used include tariff structures and customer pricing, building codes or green codes set by the Urban Planning Council (UPC) through its Estidama program, plumbing codes, public awareness and education campaigns carried out by the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) efficient electrical end-use appliances, drought tolerant plants, energy audits, load shifting and smart metering by the Utilities.
Another initiative launched by the U.A.E government and more specific by the government of Abu Dhabi is a joint venture with international companies creating and establishing the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), which treats water and produces Treated Sewerage Effluent (TSE). TSE can be used for district cooling and can also be used for agricultural purposes.
The Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) which is contributing to its share of the DSM program by executing public awareness programs has also been involved in several other initiatives. One of which was EWS taking the lead in verifying the carbon footprint data used by the Global footprint Network for calculating the UAE’s total footprint. EWS has been working closely with GFN not only to verify the numbers but also to learn the method of such calculations in order to export the awareness and knowledge to the work place in the private and government sectors as well as individuals and households in the U.A.E.
Other initiatives in the UAE have been launched to tackle challenges that pose a threat to the ecological environment. The UAE boasts a diverse ecological environment, including globally important wildlife such as the Arabian gazelle, migrating birds and countless marine species and animals. Preservation of land and marine environment for future generations has always been a priority in the U.A.E.
Some of the initiatives launched include the creation of several environmental agencies to track and monitor progress, implement projects in the ecological environment field and advise by providing environmental policy. The Abu Dhabi environmental agency in 2007, released its first state of the environment report which takes a comprehensive and tough look at issues and opportunities for the emirate. The report outline forward looking strategies and tactics to improve air and water, ensure biodiversity, manage waste, preserve cultural heritage, conserve animal and marine species, and manage land.
Dubai in 2007 came up with an initiative of its own, launching a master plan that serves as a framework for the environment. The master plan consists of three main areas of focus: Preserving natural resources through the creation of new wildlife sanctuaries. A green buildings program for future projects, facilities and building. An integrated solid waste management focuses.
Dubai is also embarking on shifting its developments into green buildings, EnPark will be one of Dubai’s first master planned communities to embody sustainability principles. These principles cover land use, urban design, buildings and open spaces. EnPark will be an integrated residential, business and recreational community of approximately 43,000 people including 6000 residents and covering 80ha focusing on sustainable lifestyles, knowledge and technology.
The master plan includes features such as highly effective and efficient public transport, a connected pedestrian network, dedicated cycle ways, a car-free zone, an integrated water-waste water-district, irrigation-solid waste management system and urban agriculture. The EnPark design philosophy is to combine functionality, feasibility and aesthetics in an urban environment focused on sustainability in a package that satisfies the needs of businesses, employees, residents and visitors. With features such as a central activity and showcase plaza and a naturalised buffer area surrounding the community, EnPark incorporates sustainable and environmentally friendly design that is practical and functional.
Business opening or relocating into EnPark will enjoy the following benefits.
• 100% Tax free
• 100% foreign ownership
• No corporate tax
• No income tax for 50 years
• No custom duty
• Full currency convertibility
• No restrictions on capital, trade barriers, or quotas
• Hassle free company registration
• Hassle free company laws and legal frameworks
• 24 hour visa service and fast track immigration process
• Quick access to knowledge workers