At Dubai Holding, we're deeply committed to sustainable growth beyond Dubai's borders. We actively monitor our carbon emissions, water use, and waste, and work tirelessly to reduce our environmental footprint.
Our efforts range from enhancing energy efficiency to conserving water, with an emphasis on recycling and reusing. By measuring our resource consumption in 2022, we've set clear benchmarks and set the foundations for performance improvement.
Our Decarbonisation Strategy
Dubai Holding's decarbonisation strategy is rooted in three core principles: implementability, scalability, and progressiveness, steering us towards Net Zero while bolstering our commitment to clean energy, water stewardship, and waste management. Through a strategic framework of Fundamental, Excellence, and Flagship initiatives, we customize our approach for each asset. In 2023, we proudly joined the UAE Climate Responsible Companies Pledge, aligning with elite private sector firms. This collaborative effort, led by the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, propels us towards a net-zero economy by 2050, encouraging businesses to actively measure and reduce emissions while aligning with national climate goals.
At Dubai Holding, we are aware of the environmental impact of our energy consumption. Our assets rely mainly on electricity from the grid, such as DEWA in Dubai, and district cooling to operate. We also use fuels, such as natural gas, for our hospitality and entertainment assets, including our restaurants. To reduce our carbon footprint, we are constantly looking and for ways to enhance our energy efficiency and adopt alternative sources of energy where feasible. We have set energy reduction targets across our operations to ensure that we fulfil this responsibility.
Warsan Waste Management Centre
The Warsan Waste Management Centre (WWMC) is a joint venture between Dubai Holding and an international consortium, in collaboration with Dubai Municipality. It is one of the world's largest waste-to-energy projects, with a processing capacity of 5,666 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal and generate renewable energy for Dubai by diverting 45% of waste from landfill. WWMC is expected to be fully operational by 2024.
Solar Rooftops Installations
Solar rooftops installations are an innovative way to harness the abundant solar energy in Dubai and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solar panels on the parking rooftops can generate clean electricity for the buildings and vehicles, contributing to Dubai's vision of becoming a global leader in sustainable development. We have several such projects across the Group such as at the Dubai Holding Corporate office, Khawaneej Mall, Outlet Village, and others, with many more in the pipeline.
Dubai Holding supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and joins the Dubai Can campaign, a city-wide initiative by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to reduce plastic waste and promote a refill culture. Dubai Can refill stations are available at leading destinations such as Bluewaters, La Mer, and City Walk.
Turtle Rehabilitation Project
Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, the first project of its kind in the region, the Group has been successfully tending to sick and injured sea turtles since its inception in 2004. Aligned with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s initiatives to further protect these creatures that are essential to the local natural ecosystem, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) was established in order to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild any sea turtles found sick or injured in the region and to research turtle movements throughout the region and beyond via a satellite tracking initiative.
The project also runs an educational programme for school groups - over 1,700 school children from all seven emirates have participated in 2022-23. To date over 2,100 turtles have been returned safely to the Arabian Gulf, with annual rescue figures averaging over 100 animals.
Coral Nurseries in the Maldives
A comprehensive study of Maldives reefs compiled in 2016 showed that over 73% of the country’s corals have bleached. Since then, reef health has continued to deteriorate, and more recently the impacts of climate change threatens to irreversibly accelerate the loss of this essential ecosystem. This is why at Jumeirah Maldives we are passionate about environmental sustainability and promoting public awareness of this growing issue. At this property, weekly coral planting events are organised while providing guests are encouraged to support our restoration efforts of the coral reefs.