Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) recently unveiled the findings of the first-of-its-kind report on ‘Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels.’ An in-depth analysis on the UAE’s hospitality sector vis-à-vis sustainability initiatives, 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. 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 25% 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 & regulations, underlining need for older properties to consider retrofit as a solution to reduce their carbon footprint. Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, unveiled the key findings of the report at an event attended by industry stakeholders.