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Dubai Investments Park: Setting New Benchmarks in Sustainability

November 26, 2014 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, EMERGING TRENDS, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Frontier Markets, Middle East & Africa, Special Report: The Future is Green, Unprotected Post

Dubai Investments Park [DIP], the largest integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East and wholly owned by Dubai Investments PJSC, is one of the most environment friendly developments in Dubai, thanks to its integrated approach to sustainability.

Ever since its master-plan was drawn up in 1997, DIP has strived towards creating energy-efficient and sustainable living that is suitable for both families and businesses across its industrial, commercial and residential zones.

A testimony to DIP’s commitment to sustainability can be gauged from the fact that over the last 10 years, DIP has reduced carbon dioxide pollution by over 1.25 million tonnes through its energy-efficient sustainability programme, with plans to reduce it further in the coming years. DIP‘s sustainability initiatives have helped in recycling over 51 million cubic metres of waste water over the last 10 years.

On average, approximately 31,500 cubic metres of waste water is discharged every day from the domestic and industrial set up within DIP. Over 90% of the recycled waste water, which is treated at the DIP Sewage Treatment Plant [STP], is used for irrigation and landscaping purposes within DIP.

Similarly, over the last 10 years, DIP has helped keep off the road 1.48 million sewage-disposal truck trips to nearby STPs, resulting in a total CO2 emissions reduction of 777,913 tonnes.”

DIP’s sustainable environmental approach also optimises the mobility of people and reduces the average trip distance to commute to work or go to school. This has avoided 20,000 car commutes on a daily basis outside the DIP premises, which is equivalent to cutting 311,475 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

‘DIP is one of the largest business and residential communities in the Middle East and our contribution to sustainability has been significant year-on-year.’ – Omar Mesmar, General Manager of DIP

DIP is also one of Dubai’s green zones with over 20,000 trees planted within the common areas and gated communities of the development, as well as landscaping along 70km of roadside. It is mandatory for DIP business clients to landscape between 10-20% of their plot areas. Plantation helps to secure and absorb 4,192 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and makes it a better place to live.

Dubai Investments joint-venture company Emirates District Cooling [EMICOOL] provides district cooling to DIP’s businesses and households with an operating capacity of 52,898 tonnes of refrigeration. The district cooling plant has helped to save 312.95 million kWh of electricity (using 34% less than traditional AC), which is the equivalent of reducing 159,028 tonnes of CO2. Apart from electricity savings, it also helps to reduce refrigerant leakage into the atmosphere.

Mr.-Omar-Mesmar---wfmMr. Omar Mesmar, General Manager of DIP, said: “Since our incorporation in 1997, we have remained committed to sustainable practices that benefit the DIP community. DIP is one of the largest business and residential communities in the Middle East and our contribution to sustainability has been significant year-on-year. We have consistently raised the benchmark to reach greater heights in our sustainability efforts.”

Besides expanding its sustainable infrastructural capabilities, DIP continues to work closely with key stakeholders to cultivate environmental awareness and action targeting local communities and businesses. DIP is one of the most dynamic business hubs in Dubai with almost 3,500 companies already established in the area.

The road ahead looks even greener for DIP, with new developments in renewable energy sources, better road networks with improved public transportation, as well as new expansion plans for its Water Treatment Plant, District Cooling Plants and landscape areas.

A unique, self-contained mixed-use industrial, commercial and residential complex spread across an area of 2,300 hectares, DIP has been designed as a city-within-a-city offering world-class infrastructure and outstanding facilities and services, all strategically located just minutes from the Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port.

 

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