ABU DHABI, 19th September, 2022 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced today that it has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certificate for Operations and Maintenance (O+M) Version 4.1 of became the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the world’s most widely used green building classification system.
The award was given in recognition of EAD’s outstanding efforts in managing sustainable, healthy and green buildings and applying sustainability standards across three of its facilities.
The agency received LEED Platinum certification for its leadership in applying energy and environmental protection systems to operations and maintenance for its headquarters and Al Wathba Wetland Reserve. EAD offices based in Al Ain have been certified LEED Gold for their application of energy and environmental protection systems in operations and maintenance.
The USGBC also recognized EAD for its sustainable facility management and leadership in energy and environmental design, and commended it for meeting required certification criteria. This includes the management of indoor environmental quality, including factors such as air quality, environmentally friendly cleaning materials, pest control and the presence of tobacco smoke. The agency is also considered energy efficient due to the reduction in electricity consumption and GHG emission intensity, chilled water consumption and the number of refrigerants used in the three facilities.
Notable achievements included EAD’s use of low-emission vehicles in its transport division, water efficiency measures such as efficient sanitation and low water-use intensity, as well as its sustainable sourcing policy for daily office supplies, positive building management and renovation policies, and the presence of office waste segregation and recycling. As such, EAD’s office buildings performed well and building operational data for 2020-21 showed the agency met LEED certification standards.
dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD said: “At EAD we have worked very hard to ensure that all of our physical assets are sustainable and environmentally friendly so that we can be a credible and responsible organisation. We have been duly rewarded for these efforts and I am very proud of my team for continuing to implement the environmentally responsible practices to earn LEED certification and be recognized by such a respected international body.”
Fatima Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Director of Facility Management and Administration Division at EAD added: “We are among the few companies in Abu Dhabi to have received LEED certification and it is an honor to stand alongside other buildings that have Criteria such as that are met by the ADNOC headquarters building, the Siemens building in Masdar City, the Masdar headquarters and the IRENA building, also in Masdar.”
This certification aligns with EAD’s strategic priority “Leadership in Corporate Environmental Sustainability”, which aims to reduce the agency’s environmental footprint, improve efficiency and raise awareness of sustainability.
Obtaining the LEED certificate involved two phases. The first was the 12-month feasibility, gap assessment and response implementation, followed by an 18-month second phase of performance monitoring and certification.