Sustainable Design Summit to be carbon neutral

Event sponsors Farnek to offset carbon emissions through MyClimate programme

Sandrine Le Biavant
Sandrine Le Biavant

The Hotelier Middle East Sustainable Design and Operation Summit, to be held on June 3 at Grosvenor House, Dubai, will be a carbon neutral event.

Event sponsor Farnek has partnered with organisers to ensure that carbon emissions at the event will be offset by MyClimate, who will replace climate-impacting energy sources with clean, renewable ones by supporting projects that use renewable energy, cut methane emissions, and support reforestation programmes.

Commenting on Farnek’ support for the event, director consultancy Sandrine Le Biavant said: “It is our responsibility to support this event to create more awareness and capacity building in the market to create more initiatives and success stories.

“This year we will focus on the benefits of benchmarking as a source of efficiency. For new (green) buildings, this is a test over existing properties to assess the impact of the decisions made in the construction phase and if positive to communicate the success. For existing buildings, it is a way to involve management and owners into a new strategy of reducing the property’s impact, generating more savings and communicating clearly about the performance.”

The Hotelier Middle East Sustainable Design and Operation Summit, sponsored by Farnek and TSSC, will bring together more than 120 delegates to discuss how the planning, drafting, design, development and operation of hotels can drive savings through sustainability.

The one-day event will look at the complete lifecycle of the hotel, from planning and design, through to construction and retrofit.

Confirmed speakers and experts for the event include Eng. Sherif Abdel Baset Mohamed, senior engineering management specialist - backup and development for engineering & planning sector, Dubai Municipality; Marie-Helene Westholm-Knebel, senior technical officer, Emirates Green Building Council; Andrew Forte, vice president for architecture and construction, MEA, Hilton Worldwide; Bachir Rajji, area director engineering & design – Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group; Graham Stanley, director of construction, Ròya International; Sandrine Le Biavant, director consultancy, FARNEK; and Holley Chant, executive director corporate sustainability, KEO International Consultants.

The event is free to attend for hotel directors of development, design, engineering, and operations, as well as architects, contractors, and owners and developers.

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