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Report documents sustainability practices during Expo 2020 Dubai

The report referred to the innovative technologies that were employed at the international event. From the source

Expo 2020 Dubai's annual sustainability report documented pioneering sustainable practices that were applied during the event, pointing to opportunities to develop these practices at Expo City Dubai as the City of the Future prepares to host the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

According to a statement issued yesterday, the report, which is based on the criteria of the Global Reporting Initiative, reviews facts about sustainability at Expo 2020 Dubai during the period from the first of April 2021 until March 31, 2022, highlighting the innovative technologies that were employed in that edition of the international event, which paves the way for further progress in this field through the adoption of these technologies by Expo City Dubai to be the pillars of a sustainable and human-centered city of the future.

The report covers a wide range of activities, from carbon management to reducing food waste.

The report has been prepared in line with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent international standards organization whose standards are the most widely used for sustainability reporting globally.

The report is guided by the guidelines of the "With reference to the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative" model.

Matt Brown, Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo City Dubai, said: "Expo 2020 Dubai was a launching pad and a testing ground for new ideas and impactful innovations," pointing out that "the report confirms our commitment to this spirit in our endeavor to develop the site and host the event in a sustainable manner, as we worked in cooperation with all stakeholders to develop strategies and sustainability standards based on scientific foundations and implement them before and during the World Expo."

"We look forward to sharing our story, lessons and impact across our journey towards carbon neutrality by 2030, especially as we host COP28 and strive to be the city of the future that provides a living example of sustainable urban planning."

Carbon Management

Among the notable practices is the implementation of a carbon management programme, where Expo 2020 Dubai has adapted internationally recognized standards and guidelines to create a unique and appropriate methodology for estimating the carbon footprint.

Expo 2020 Dubai has also developed an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions to monitor and report changes in emissions, including sources of emissions from Expo and from Parties and non-Expo entities.

The international exhibition reduced greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable mitigation strategies, resulting in a reduction in emissions of almost 10% compared to the "business as usual" scenario, and a further 5% reduction resulting from carbon offsets.

Reduce food waste

Expo 2020 Dubai's food preservation programme has provided more than 93,93 meals to those in need and conserved <> million litres of water.

The impactful implementation of this first-of-its-kind programme in the UAE prompted exploration of its national expansion, which ultimately formed part of Naama's national initiative to reduce food loss and waste.

Circular Economy

Embodying the principles of the circular economy has been, and still is, critical, with many guidelines and requirements adopted and employed within Expo 2020 Dubai and vendor, supplier and contractor organisations designed to raise the bar for sustainability in the UAE and the region.