EmiratesGBC congress to explore how green buildings create value within a circular economy

  • The conference will address a holistic approach to sustainability in the construction sector
  • Event to screen a documentary ‘Closing the Loop’ highlighting the urgent need to switch to a circular economy to reduce waste globally

The eighth edition of Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Congress will host experts and stakeholders from the building and construction industry to discuss the role of a circular economy in promoting sustainable development. Building on last year’s landmark Congress on Net Zero Buildings and Cities, the discussion will focus on how a shift to a circular economy is integral to a net zero carbon future in the UAE and the region, said the organisation.

Organised by EmiratesGBC, the Congress will be held under the theme ‘Circling in on Zero: Circular Economy in the Built Environment’, on May 1-2, 2019 at the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre hotel. The conference will bring together international experts in diverse aspects of energy management and sustainable development to discuss strategies for promoting sustainable built environments for the cities of the future in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the objectives of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement.

The event aims to influence sustainable practices in the UAE’s built environment and to help identify key industry challenges and solutions as well as catalyse innovation in green buildings to create new models that support the country’s efforts to be a leader in sustainability. The building sector is a major contributor to climate change globally and there is an urgent need for the industry to innovate across all aspects of the supply chain and lifecycle of buildings to reduce the environmental impact of our cities.

Discussions during the congress will explore how sustainable building materials can reduce the total carbon emissions of buildings to support the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Congress will also screen ‘Closing the Loop,’ an award-winning documentary highlighting the urgent need to switch to a circular economy to reduce waste globally.