Dubai’s Sustainable City commits to Climate Pledge; Targets net-zero carbon by 2040

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Dubai’s first community designed to achieve net-zero energy, the Sustainable City has joined the Climate Pledge, a global commitment to attain net-zero carbon by 2040, as part of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22.

Launched in 2019, by the eCommerce giant Amazon and UK-based environmental group Global Optimism, the Climate Pledge aims to unite leading global businesses in a forward-thinking and ambitious commitment to reverse the detrimental effects of climate change. The ambition is in line with the company’s long-term target to spearhead the way towards net-zero carbon living.

The Sustainable City is the first entity from the Middle East region to join this global pledge and with this move, the emirate is sending an important signal that there will be rapid growth in demand for products and services that helps to reduce carbon emissions.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
CEO – Amazon

“Less than two years ago, Amazon co-founded the Climate Pledge and called on other companies to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early, today, more than 100 companies with over $1.4 trillion in global annual revenues and more than 5 million employees have signed the pledge. We are proud to stand with other signatories to use our scale to decarbonize the economy through real business change and innovation.”

All signatories to the Climate Pledge agree to three primary components. The first is to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis, secondly to implement decarbonization strategies through real business changes and innovations and finally to neutralize any remaining emissions with credible offsets.

Last year, the Sustainable City achieved net positive energy in all common areas of the city, producing 150 percent of all electricity consumption from rooftop solar parking. The idea of a combined social, environmental and economic sustainability, enables the city to achieve its targets.

The city’s infrastructure supports the climate challenge through urban farming, renewable energy, waste and water reuse and recycling and widespread electric transportation. It is currently home to around 3000 residents with a 100 percent occupancy rate.

The Sustainable City

Located in Dubailand, the Sustainable City is a mixed-use development that spans 46 hectares and provides an array of green residential facilities and amenities with no bad impact on the environment.

The city is the world’s first fully sustainable development and GCC’s ‘Happiest Community’, which offers energy-efficient housing, zero maintenance and low service fees, green education and health care and a host of indoor and outdoor leisure and wellness activities, an urban farm, green mosque and innovation center.

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