World leaders from 193 countries are set to gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to determine the fate of the planet on December 7th . The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is encouraging individuals and organizations to support supporting the Seal the Deal campaign by signing up on www.sealthedeal2009.org  in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dubai Chamber sees climate change as increasingly significant for business here and abroad as says its Director General, Eng Hamad Buamim, “Climate change is a significant challenge for the business community, requiring them to operate and deliver products or services in much more efficient and less polluting ways and to enhance their business performance while contributing towards a more sustainable future, particularly if governments provide a clear signal via a global framework agreement in Copenhagen and supportive policies. That is why the Dubai Chamber supports the International Chamber of Commerce’s statements on climate change and encourages all governments to reach an agreement in Copenhagen next month.”
Adds Buamim, “It’s very important to understand that if an effective way to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is not reached it will put our society and organisations in peril. On its part, the Chamber is working hard to reduce its own organisational
greenhouse gas emissions. Already we have succeeded in reducing water consumption by 77% and electricity consumption by 47% which has led to savings exceeding AED 7.1 million through various measures such as energy and water saving. Dubai Chamber is also encouraging green transport and enhancing its recycling system. We urge all individuals and companies to support this Seal the Deal campaign and help ensure a better future.”
Earlier this year, the Director General of Dubai Chamber discussed the issue of climate change and how Chambers of Commerce can assist in addressing this challenge at the World Chambers Congress organised by ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) in Malaysia. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and encourage action on climate change in line with the International Chamber of Commerce,” said Buamim.