RTA’s green economy practices garner global recognition
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has bagged the Green & Sustainable Company of the Year Award presented by The Business Year (TBY) Company in recognition of RTA’s substantial efforts in conserving the environment, and supporting the green economy drive, as reflected in launching 45 initiatives in this regard.
Nasser Bu Shehab, CEO of Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector cum Deputy Chairman of the Energy & Green Economy Committee, RTA, expressed his delight with the award.
He was particularly thrilled for RTA as the award had been presented by The Business Year; one of the pioneering firms in researches and publishing of economic resources at local and global levels.
The Company is also concerned with figuring out the best global practices in various fields such as energy, health and transportation among others.
“Scooping this award is a testament of RTA’s efforts in conserving the environment as evidenced by the launch of 45 initiatives in this regard. The Authority attaches paramount attention to the conservation of the environment and optimization of power consumption. ‘Safety and Environmental Sustainability’ is one the strategic goals of the RTA in keeping with the national initiative launched by our government in 2012 under the theme: A Green Economy for Sustainable Development with the aim of fostering a green economy in the UAE. It also fits well with the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 adopted by the Government of Dubai to make Dubai a model to be emulated in the efficient energy consumption, and low carbon emissions,” said Bu Shehab.
“The smooth mobility for all is also one of the key objectives we are aspiring to achieve through striking a balance & integration between roads & mass transit modes, rendering public transport means the favorite mobility choice. Such endeavours are bound to have a positive impact in terms of reducing carbon emissions resulting from private vehicles,” he added.
“From inception, the RTA has been keen on adopting numerous initiatives for reducing environmental impacts, optimizing power consumption, and supporting the green economy drive in various projects & services rendered by affiliated agencies & sectors. It has endorsed a 3-year plan for rationalizing energy consumption and supporting the green economy efforts. This involved addressing a number of key issues namely: introducing power-saving streetlights, building a transport infrastructure compatible with the requirements of green buildings, using environment-friendly vehicles as part of public transport fleet, and migrating to electronic services platform among other relevant initiatives. The Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram projects stand out as top models of clean (electrical) energy practices in mass transit systems as they contribute to a healthy and safe environment through curbing carbon footprint,” said the CEO of Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.