Dubai Expo 2020 is an international event launched on 1st Oct 2021 and will last for a period of 6 months until 31st March 2022. It encompasses a range of districts showcasing cutting-edge innovations, sustainability initiatives, and youth empowerment programs from across the globe. Different nations have come together at this junction to open endless possibilities that can help the world become future-ready.
The Expo comprises three subthemes: Sustainability District, Mobility District, and Opportunity District. These districts span across a huge area of 1083 acres (438 hectares) and welcome millions of visitors from every corner of the world.
In this article, Quality Marble Exports (India), one of the leading granite exporters and supporters of sustainability, discuss the sustainability vision in terms of Expo building and Dubai infrastructures. In doing this, we aim to take vital lessons that are key to a better future and pass on the knowledge to our keen readers.
Sustainability A Key Pillar in Dubai Expo Building
For the creators of Dubai Expo 2020, sustainability is not just a subtheme. It is a way of thinking and taking action that has supported the entire project from the beginning. The green vision has been at the heart of the master plan designed for the Expo building. In this way, the makers have aimed at introducing new construction practices and innovations related to sustainability. And this step will also help in creating the green roadmap for the new Dubai building projects in the emirate and the wider UAE.
Sustainable Products Guidelines
Every Expo construction project—regardless of the size and scale—has followed sustainability guidelines that support Dubai Plan 2021, UAE Vision 2021, and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The expo planners and creators have developed 41 key performance indicators that set the standard for Expo building. Considering just the construction, they developed sustainable material guidelines. And all the architects, designers, and contractors implemented the procedures.
Some of the key guidelines include:
Promotion of Natural Solutions & Recycling
The Expo construction used recycled or recyclable materials to reaffirm their commitment to the environment—and protect the Earth for future generations. Their design initiatives are geared towards creating a positive environmental impact not just in Dubai and the UAE but the entire globe.
Minimizing Carbon Footprint
Dubai Expo construction followed the material guidelines and selected products that support minimizing carbon footprint. After the launch, the event is also measuring the carbon footprint from the ongoing activities/events to ensure transparent quantification of the greenhouse gas emissions. Strategies have also been implemented to reduce carbon footprint as much as possible.
Reducing waste is one of the top priorities of Dubai Expo 2020. Waste is being diverted from landfills and 85% of the waste generated from the event is segregated into various waste streams. The Expo has also introduced the Planet Over Plastic Pledge initiative as a request to international participants and commercial partners to commit to reducing packaging and single-use materials and encourage recycling.
Construction materials, onsite construction activities, use of energy and water, transport of people and materials, and generation of waste—all have been meticulously reviewed.
Quality Marble Exports (India) - Aiming to Contribute Towards Global Sustainability
Quality Marble Exports (India) carefully considers reducing carbon footprint, waste, energy, and water as much as possible in the quarrying, fabricating, and finishing of natural stones. As one of the supporters of sustainability, we took this as an opportunity to inspire ourselves from the milestones achieved by Expo building projects and the ongoing events.
As the suppliers of natural stone, we are happy to highlight that granite, marble, and other natural stones are also a part of the Dubai Expo. The Indian Pavilion is showcasing the rich history, medicinal landscape, art, and culture of the country. Miniature models of the Taj Mahal, Junagarh Fort, and the Ram Mandir are some of the major highlights. The use of natural stone connects all three monuments and emphasizes the use of sustainable and recyclable materials like granite, sandstone, and marble. While the iconic Ram Mandir is under construction, 4 lakh cubic meters of marble and other stones from Rajasthan will be used as the construction materials.
Another example is the Finnish Pavilion showcasing the nation’s deep connection with nature and sustainability—to further enhance the quality of life. As you enter the pavilion you come across beautiful granite floor tiles combined with shallow water pools and a green landscape. No doubt, Finland has stayed at the top of the World Happiness Report for 4 consecutive years.
All the countries at Dubai Expo 2020 are striving to showcase and commit to a sustainable future through infrastructure, innovation, and collaboration. The Expo building phenomenon itself will serve as a blueprint for green development. And we at Quality Marble Exports aim at providing sustainable solutions using our premium quality natural stone.
Connect with us today if you are looking to introduce environmentally-friendly concepts in your home or office design.