As Climate Action Heats Up, Is the Built Environment Ripe for Decarbonisation?

26th July 2022
Katherine Bruce
Sustainability & Climate Change Service Lead

The world is undergoing a widespread transformation in response to the climate emergency, with decision makers in almost every sector reimagining how to innovate, mitigate, and adapt to a changing world.

In the retail sector, industry leaders such as Majid Al Futtaim are working to address challenges specific to retail in energy transition, adaptation, and resilience, alongside an overarching ambition towards achieving a net-zero breakthrough in the industry.

In this WSP Anticipate episode, our host Katherine Bruce, Sustainability & Climate Change Service Lead at WSP Middle East, is joined by Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim to question if the built environment is ripe for decarbonisation, explore realistic energy transition in the retail sector, and discuss how the COP27 and COP28 climate summits will accelerate progress towards a 1.5-degree world.

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WSP Middle East · Is the Built Environment Ripe for Decarbonisation?

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2:11 The UAE National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals.

6:18 Opportunities for retailers and developers to include green initiatives in existing assets, new builds and operations.

8:04 The built environment as a net-zero opportunity and business imperative.

11:35 Investing in green buildings & green bonds ‘a no brainer’.

14:30 Compliance, risk management, and the institutionalisation of sustainability.

17:35 Climate adaptation in the retail sector.

23:26 What key takeaways can we expect from COP27 in Egypt and COP28 in the UAE?

27:20 What breakthroughs could future COP summits have on retail sector energy transition?

32:31 The need for realistic goal setting on the net-zero journey.

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