Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism has recently relaunched Carbon Calculator, a tool aimed at calculating the carbon footprint of the emirate’s hospitality sector, as part of its efforts to support the UAE in achieving its net-zero goals. The relaunched tool has been updated to track real-time data for carbon emissions, allowing hotels to manage their energy consumption levels more effectively.
Net zero initiative
This initiative is part of a larger goal to support the UAE’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. As the Arab world’s second-largest economy, the UAE’s investment in clean energy projects, such as the Barakah nuclear plant and the world’s largest solar plant in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, will have a significant impact on global efforts to combat climate change.
Moreover, Dubai’s 10-year economic agenda, called D33, aims to double the size of the emirate’s economy to Dh32 trillion ($8.71 trillion) over the next decade. This ambitious plan includes support for 30 private companies valued at more than $1 billion each and a focus on making Dubai the world’s safest and most connected city, attracting major international companies and investments.
Dubai’s tourism sector is a significant pillar of the emirate’s economy, and the relaunched carbon calculator tool will provide hotels with a user-friendly experience, enabling them to make informed decisions.
Sustainability and impact
By keeping track of their energy consumption, the data provides a baseline for the Department of Economy and Tourism to develop strategies for the sector, allowing hotels and resorts to manage their impact effectively, improve carbon resource efficiency, and identify potential cost-saving opportunities.
This initiative is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is particularly relevant as Dubai prepares to host the 28th Conference of the Parties this year.
As such, the relaunch of the carbon calculator tool is an important step towards achieving the larger goal of creating a city that is the world’s most visited and the best place to live and work in, as envisaged by the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. This ambitious plan outlines large-scale changes to the landscape and skyline of Dubai over the next 20 years, providing the best quality of life for the city’s residents and paving the way for significant residential and economic developments.