Posted by Neil King
Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED) has led an initiative to develop the first carbon neutral warehouse in the Middle East.
It is hoped that the project at the FreightGate-5 airport cargo terminal will serve as a template for green warehousing across Dubai.
Last year, DED launched a scheme to convert a government-owned and operated warehouse in Dubai to carbon neutral status. It also pledged to conduct a carbon footprint assessment of Dubai's logistics sector while driving awareness among businesses in the emirate.
FreightGate-5 was selected because of its prominent role in the transit of freight and its ease of access from the city centre.
Following the implementation of various efficiency standards at the site, the upgrade will yield significant energy savings, DED said.
Director general Sami Al Qamzi added: "As a hub for trade in the region, Dubai's logistics sector plays a vital role in the economy. Integrating the emirate's logistics sector with sustainable development best practices is imperative to drive further efficiencies."
This week, Pathway Resourcing, a leading recruitment firm in the UAE, reported that Dubai's job market grew by more than 20 per cent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year.