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Masdar helps UAE embassies reduce CO2 footprints

Masdar to renovate and redesign UAE embassies around the world.

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Masdar and Foreign Ministry officials signing the MoU.
Masdar and Foreign Ministry officials signing the MoU.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Masdar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the sustainability attributes of selected new and existing UAE embassies around the world.

The main goals of the MoU are to ensure that the UAE’s global missions reflect the country’s sustainability agenda, and to raise public awareness of the need to conserve water and energy.

Under the five-year MoU, Masdar will provide expertise to MoFA, ensuring that the embassy buildings benefit from increased operational efficiency through measures to reduce waste and conserve energy and water. Abu Dhabi’s Estidama Pearl rating system and other green building rating systems – such as LEED and BREEAM – will be utilised, where applicable.

These third-party certifications encourage energy and water efficiency through features such as insulation, water fixtures, windows, glazing, efficient air conditioning equipment and hot water systems, among other measures.

“Masdar is pleased to work with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share our proven expertise in developing sustainable buildings and implementing resource-efficient techniques in projects around the world. This partnership underscores the importance of the UAE’s leadership in global sustainability,” said Mohamed Al Ramahi, the chief operating officer of Masdar.

MoFA has identified 16 embassies in strategic places such as London, Paris, Berlin, China and Canberra where the sustainability measures will be implemented.

The goals of the MoU include reducing the operating cost of the embassies by minimising their energy and water consumption through measures such as installing efficient insulation and water fixtures.

Other goals include reducing the waste that goes to landfills by influencing behaviour and putting in place measures to encourage recycling. These efforts will in turn reduce each embassy’s carbon footprint. The program also seeks to enhance the awareness of embassy staff and the surrounding communities about sustainability issues and practices.

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