DUBAI TOURISM ON HOTEL RETROFITTING FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY
Further driving environmental awareness amongst industry stakeholders, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) underlines ways in which the adoption of efficient resource management practices can lead to substantial annual savings for hotel properties. The process of ‘retrofitting’ has become a key focus for the city’s tourism sector and represents Dubai Tourism’s ongoing commitment to working closely with its industry partners as part of its Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. Building on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to transform Dubai into a leading sustainable city, DST underscores the importance of joint collaborations between developers and energy service companies (ESCOs) to reduce carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021 in line with the Carbon Abatement Strategy.
The process of retrofitting calls for the upgrade of a building’s existing systems and technologies, transforming them into smart, energy-efficient infrastructures that can seamlessly improve their operations and help to save costs on an annual basis. A retrofitting programme is implemented following technical and financial audits of current conservation measures, enabling building owners and operators to identify key sustainable procurement practices that can reduce excess energy outputs across the property.
Commenting on the importance of encouraging retrofitting practices, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai Tourism, said: “Working in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to spearhead Dubai’s transformation into one of the most sustainable cities globally, we aim to encourage wide-spread adoption of energy efficient practices including the implementation of retrofitting programmes across the breadth of Dubai’s hotel portfolio. Our ongoing partnerships with energy saving companies are aimed at boosting environmental sustainability across the industry, to harness the collective power of our hospitality stakeholders and assist them in their commitment to efficient practices throughout their properties. This allows for the development of high-performance buildings that are less costly to operate, will increase in value over time and are able to contribute to a more sustainable sector.” Read More…