EmiratesGBC unveils hotels benchmarking report

Study reveals strong potential for significant savings in energy & water use with viable and affordable existing technologies

Saeed Al Abbar.
Saeed Al Abbar.

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has unveiled the findings of the first-of-its-kind report on ‘Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels'.

The ‘EmiratesGBC Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels’ draws on information gathered from 46 voluntarily participating hotels across the country on their property’s general, physical and operational characteristics as well as annual energy and water consumption data.

The report studied energy and water consumption data over a three-year period (2013-2015) for the comprehensive study.

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The key findings of the study are that UAE hotels have unequal energy and water performance with high potential for significant savings using viable and affordable existing technologies.

This correlates with a recent report that Dubai’s five-star hotels consume up to 225% more energy compared to their counterparts in Europe.

There is a strong need to replace old fixtures and ensure maintenance of water systems, with laundry services and landscaping contributing heavily to water use intensities.

The study also finds that poor performing hotels consume three times the amount of energy and 7.4 times the water compared to the best performing hotels.

More recently built hotels were found to benefit from newer technologies and efficient design as well as stringent codes and regulations, underlining need for older properties to consider retrofit as a solution to reduce their carbon footprint.

EmiratesGBC chairman Saeed Al Abbar unveiled the key findings of the report at an event attended by industry stakeholders.

At the event, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) director – demand side management Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid delivered a keynote on the importance of the benchmarking for the UAE hospitality sector to achieve the goals of the Council and to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

Al Abbar said: “The benchmarking report is a first of its kind study in the UAE aimed at establishing quantitative data on the energy and water efficiency of buildings within a key sector of the economy.

“The study aligns with the UAE’s two-pronged goal of driving best practice and growth in the hospitality and tourism sector as well as being a global leader in sustainable development. The findings will serve as a strong indicator that will enable the hospitality sector to reduce its carbon footprint by improving water and energy performances. We are thankful to the participating hotels for their commitment and resolve to enhance their energy & water use efficiency standards.”

“The comprehensive study will enable the hospitality sector to observe best practices in energy and water efficiency, which also make business sense in the long-term with an increasing number of travelers being highly discerning about the sustainability standards of the hotels. Driving energy and water use efficiency standards in hotels will help differentiate them in the marketplace and also make them active partners in achieving the sustainability vision of the government,” he added.

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