Highest sustainability honour awarded to Expo 2020’s engineering, infrastructure, landscaping, public spaces and more
E.Eight infrastructure projects at Expo 2020 in Dubai were awarded the highest rating as part of the internationally recognized CEEQUAL Sustainability rating for civil engineering, an important milestone in Expos aim to become one of the most sustainable world exhibitions of all time.
The ratings under CEEQUAL – the world’s first sustainability assessment, assessment and certification system for best practices in infrastructure projects – range from a “Pass” at 30 percent to “Excellent” at 75 percent, rated on a number of sustainability topics, including country Use, ecology, traffic, resilience and pollution. Expo 2020 is the first project in the Middle East to be awarded the “Excellent” CEEQUAL rating.
The Al Wasl Plaza, the heart of Expo 2020, which connects all three subject areas and acts as a meeting point in a shady microclimate that is nowhere else in Dubai, has exceeded the highest threshold of the award with 91.6 percent. The grid and steel construction of the 130 x 67.5 meter Al Wasl dome, which surrounds the square and creates the largest 360-degree projection surface in the world, achieved even higher values of 93.6 percent.
The Expo 2020 certificates are one of the largest awards that CEEQUAL has presented at a single location worldwide. They represent the highest recognition in the civil engineering industry and underline how the event has integrated sustainable design principles into buildings, infrastructure and landscaping.
CEEQUAL was developed by the UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the wider industry and launched in 2004. It is now part of the BREEAM system family within BRE Global and combines the world’s leading methods for sustainability assessment for buildings, master planning and infrastructure over the entire built asset life cycle.
Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As one of our three main themes, sustainability affects the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the communities we live in and represents our commitment to have a positive impact locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
“Each of the CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ certificates is proof of the commitment and teamwork of our sustainability and our location to honor the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to recognize the UAE as a pioneer for sustainable development and green economy position delivery teams. Everyone involved has a shared desire to ensure that Expo 2020 is one of the most sustainable world expositions of all time, while supporting the UAE’s efforts to build cleaner, safer and healthier communities for its people. “
The CEEQUAL Excellent Awards extend over the public realm of the Expo, the Al Wasl Plaza, parks, shadows and other infrastructures on the 4.38 km² site.
Keith Nicholson, Infrastructure Key Account and Main Project Manager at BRE, On this: “The infrastructure of Expo 2020 Dubai, including its sub-projects, has shown a high level of sustainability performance across the entire location. We are very proud of the accomplishments and determination of the project teams to achieve a high CEEQUAL rating of “Excellent” – the first project in the Middle East to achieve this and proof of the hard work of everyone involved. “
The sustainability efforts of Expo 2020 are in line with a variety of national and international factors such as the UAE Vision 2040, the UAE Centennial 2071 Plan and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the introduction of a “Green Economy for Sustainable Development” 2012 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, who wants to establish the United Arab Emirates as the global center and successful model of the new green economy.
From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai invites visitors from all over the world to participate in the creation of a new world and discover life-changing innovations that have a meaningful and positive impact on people and the planet become.
© Press release 2021