10th EmiratesGBC Annual Congress To Kick Off With Pre-event Webinars About Circular And Net Zero Cities

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Published October 7th, 2021 - 07:26 GMT
10th EmiratesGBC Annual Congress To Kick Off With Pre-event Webinars About Circular And Net Zero Cities
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Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Annual Congress is hosting pre-event webinars about circular and net zero cities in the run-up to the in-person event on November 2, 2021.

The tenth edition of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Annual Congress is hosting pre-event webinars about circular and net zero cities in the run-up to the in-person event on November 2, 2021.

Organised under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the 2021 EmiratesGBC Annual Congress is themed, ‘15 years of EmiratesGBC: From Green Buildings towards Sustainable Cities 2030.’ Focused on raising awareness of green building principles, the Congress provides a platform for international and regional experts to discuss the latest innovations in the sector and acts as a forum for networking and discussion between members and industry & government stakeholders.

H.E. Ali Al Jassim, Chairperson, EmiratesGBC, said: “This year’s EmiratesGBC Annual Congress marks a true milestone for us, as we celebrate our own evolution from championing green buildings to being at the forefront of the conversation on net zero and sustainable cities. This transformational change was possible only because the UAE and regional leadership believe in the need for positive climate change action and a shift to net zero emission buildings. Our pre-Congress webinars set the stage for these important discussions, and the outcomes will be further deliberated at the in-person event. We invite industry stakeholders to partner in this initiative that will accelerate action towards net zero buildings by 2050.”

To create robust thought leadership opportunities, EmiratesGBC is hosting two pre-Congress webinars. The first webinar commenced with a discussion on ‘Circular Cities’ followed by a panel on ‘Healthy Cities’.

The second webinar which is scheduled for October 19 will focus on Net Zero Cities and Resilient Cities. The first session, sponsored by KEO, will be moderated by Victoria Burrows, WorldGBC, and addressed by Gonzalo Seminario, Design Manager, Masdar; Matt Collins, Senior Specialist, RICS and Dr Ioannis Spanos, Director of Sustainability, KEO and EmiratesGBC Board Member. The second session, on Resilient Cities, will be addressed by Faisal Rashid, Director, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Amy Lehoczky, Acting Head, Environment & Sustainability, Abu Dhabi Ports; Karim Elgendy, Carboun, and will be moderated by Dr Ioannis Spanos.

Among the key topics to be discussed at the 10th Annual Congress include the impact of rapid population and urban growth on building sustainable cities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the climate change narrative. The discussions will also highlight the innovation and vision needed to achieve the goal of net zero carbon cities. The detailed line-up of the in-person Annual Congress event will be announced shortly. Majid Al Futtaim, Knauf and Abu Dhabi Ports are Platinum Sponsors of the Congress and KEO is confirmed as Session Sponsor.

Registration for the Annual Congress on November 2 is still open. A number of speaking and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Platinum, Gold, Silver & Session Sponsors, who are assured of a multitude of benefits, especially in demonstrating sustainability leadership, long-term brand exposure and reputation building. Registration to the Congress is also now open with a fee of AED 370 for members and partners of EmiratesGBC as well as the Supporting Associations of the Congress, and AED 525 for non-members and AED 210 for students. Registration fee is inclusive of 5% VAT. For more details, contact events@emiratesgbc.org or call on 04 346 8244.

For more details, please visit: https://emiratesgbc.org/2021-emiratesgbc-congress/

Background Information

Emirates Green Building Council

The Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) was formed in 2006, with the goal of advancing green building principles for protecting the environment and ensuring sustainability in the United Arab Emirates.

Since the inception of the Emirates GBC in 2006, there has been significant change in the attitudes and demands related to the sustainable built environment. It has been encouraged by the implementation of green building policies and regulations, by the adoption of consistent rating systems, and by the increase in the overall knowledge sharing and information available on built environments and communities.

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