Eco-friendly construction has become an increasingly "pressing need" in the UAE, the managing director of Al Naboodah Construction Group (ANCG) said.
Speaking to Construction Week, Senan Abdullah Al Naboodah warned environmentally-conscious development can no longer be a "secondary consideration".
Citing third-party research, he said building and construction activities consume a huge amount of the world's finite resources – 40% of its energy, 30% of its minerals, and a fifth of its water, according to some estimates.
Al Naboodah said the business was "fully committed to creating practices that are respectful to the environment". He added that the business wanted to partner with organisations to ensure its waste is diverted away from landfill and recycled. But this is just the start of its three-pillar strategy covering 'Responsible Consumption', 'Working as a Family', and 'Unlocking Potential'.
"Growing and developing our region in an efficient, clean, and green way by utilising less resources, generating less waste, reducing pollution, and preserving greenery, waterways, and our natural heritage are the main goals of Al Naboodah Group Enterprises," ANCG's managing director said.
A waste reporting system has been integrated by the company, which has led to a 57% recycling rate for non-hazardous waste.
Another "significant milestone" in the sustainability strategy came after solar panels were installed at the Al Naboodah National Plant & Equipment workshop. Solar panels at the building came online in June 2018 and now feed power directly into the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) power system at Al Naboodah's National Plant in Al Awir.
"The solar panels will make a major contribution to our targets of reducing carbon energy under the 'Responsible Consumption' section of our sustainability roadmap, which aims to reduce consumption by up to 10% of our 2017 baseline," he added.