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“Cundall Conversations: Industry Leaders Share Insights on Accelerating Decarbonisation in the UAE’s Built Environment Sector”

Cundall, the international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, has launched a campaign called Cundall Conversations to showcase the efforts being made by the built environment sector in the UAE to accelerate decarbonisation. The campaign, centered around the themes of COP28, aims to share insights from industry leaders such as Majid Al Futtaim, Woods Bagot, and Emirates Green Building Council on their journey towards achieving net-zero emissions. The first episode of Cundall Conversations features Richard Fenne, director at Woods Bagot, discussing how the architecture studio is incorporating sustainable design principles into its projects. Fenne also emphasizes the importance of collaboration and collective responsibility within the built environment sector to address the climate emergency. Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA at Cundall, highlights the urgent need for action and calls for greater collaboration, partnerships, and innovation to create a climate-resilient future. Habiba Al Marashi, co-founder and chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, shares insights into the main drivers behind the UAE’s transition to net zero and the role of Emirates Green Building Council in capacity building. She also highlights the UAE’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Nazly Asadollahpour, ESG Director at Majid Al Futtaim, discusses the developer’s efforts to decarbonize its portfolio and the potential for carbon-positive developments in the MENA region. She also discusses the success of Majid Al Futtaim’s green finance initiatives, such as the Green Sukuk and Sustainability-Linked Loans, in driving sustainable actions. The Cundall Conversations series aims to inspire and encourage more ambitious actions within the built environment sector to create a sustainable and climate-resilient future.

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