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Dubai named in global top 10 for 'green' buildings

New report ranks Dubai eighth behind top city Paris; says emirate needs to improve renewable energy score

Dubai named in global top 10 for 'green' buildings
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Dubai has been named in the top 10 global cities for green buildings, according to a white paper published by consultancy firm Solidiance.

The emirate was ranked eighth on the list, which measured cities for their green building performance across four different categories.

Three of the categories focussed on the number of green building initiatives and their effectiveness, while one category focused on each city’s overall green performance.

Dubai was given a score of 43.52 percent, scoring most strongly in the green building efficiency and performance category.

However, the emirate scored poorly in the waste recycling metric and in its renewable energy consumption levels, the report showed.

It added: "Given that cities like Beijing, Dubai, and Shanghai have joined the green building movement not too long ago, it is unsurprising that these cities lag behind on the waste recycling metric, and for Dubai on the renewable energy consumption.

"However, it is expected that the rankings should see changes in the future as these newer green building cities are setting ambitious targets in order to catch up to other cities' levels."

Dubai has embarked on its clean energy strategy 2050 under which 7 percent of the city’s energy will be derived from clean energy sources by 2020, rising to 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.

Globally, Paris, Singapore and London were found to have topped the list, with the largest number of green buildings and initiatives.

The report showed that London has the highest percentage of green building projects (68 percent) compared to just eight percent in Dubai.

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