Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), the regulatory arm of Dubai World, has established the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD) with Pacific Control Systems. The Centre will help Dubai World, and other developers in the Middle East, obtain 'Green Building' certification under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The announcement was made on Thursday (October 25) at a press conference.
This announcement is inline with the initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai for sustainable development and with the resolution he issued yesterday, under which all new buildings must meet international guidelines for construction and design from January 2008.
'EHS will be ready with all necessary guidelines, rules and regulations stated in H.H. Sheikh Mohammed's resolution and will ensure that the Centre highly contributes to the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015. It is the manifestation of our core mission, which is to create and sustain a cleaner, healthier environment, and a more eco-friendly country. With the support of our partners, Pacific Control Systems, we will be doing our part in preserving UAE's valuable resources, and making them available for future generations. The MECSD, which is a policy certification and research institution, is merely the beginning. More initiatives on these lines will certainly follow," he added.