emaar properties wins iso 14001:2004 certification for environmental management processes
• First regional developer to win both ISO quality and environmental certifications • Highlights commitment to ‘Green Building’ initiative of Dubai government
Emaar Properties has won the ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management processes, making the company the first property developer in the region to win ISO accreditations for adherence to both quality and environmental standards.
Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi, UAE Managing Director, Emaar Properties, received the ISO 14001:2004 certification from Mr R.S. Mani of Lloyd’s Register for Quality Assurance (LRQA), the international certification body that benchmarks the effectiveness of the environmental management approach, systems and practices of companies against standards set by the International Organizations for Standardization Technical Committee 2007.
With the award of the ISO 14001:2004 certification, Emaar has also underscored its commitment to the Green Buildings initiative of the Dubai government to create energy-efficient residential and commercial buildings that support sustainable development.
“Climate change and sustainable environmental practices are today’s watchwords, and as a socially responsible developer, Emaar is committed to creating lifestyle neighbourhoods that addresses environmental concerns,” said Mr Al Matrooshi. “We have been at the forefront of environmentally friendly development practices, and uses sustainable technologies wherever possible. We are also further strengthening our commitment to creating ‘green buildings’ that promote energy use efficiency and avoid wastage of precious resources.”
He added: “Emaar’s Earth Watch recycling initiative within its master-planned communities has been a phenomenal success and we are extending it to all our projects. Emaar’s concern for sustainable development is ingrained in the company’s vision, and the winning of the ISO 14001:2004 international standard certification is the result of concerted efforts taken at all levels – our staff and customers – to promote a healthy environment.”
Mr R.S. Mani of Lloyd’s Register for Quality Assurance (LRQA), said: “Emaar’s approach to environmental management conforms to stringent ISO 14001:2004 international standard. Environmentally sound processes and systems that ensure sustainable development are the need of the hour, and Emaar’s track record can serve as a model for developers in the region.”
Highlighting the company’s commitment to quality practices, Emaar has secured several awards for its development expertise, locally and internationally, including the Dubai Quality Award and the first Euromoney Award for Best Real Estate Developer in the UAE.
Emaar is extending its expertise in creating master-planned communities to international markets in line with its Vision 2010 to become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Today, with a significant presence in 36 global active markets and six diversified businesses, Emaar is en route to achieving its growth objectives.