Solar-powered warehouse cuts carbon footprint
DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone has launched the UAE’s first green storage and warehouse facilities in Dubai helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.
The launch of the solar-powered warehouse is in line with the operator’s work under the United Nation’s ninth Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG) to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
“By investing in these projects, we also encourage the development of new skills, driving economic growth and job creation,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO.
“Our experience and studies have shown that a mindset to conserve and the development of sustainable business practices enables efficient operation. This streamlines effort and saves resources, which enhances employee productivity and reduces cost. It a win-win for all.”
DP World said that while some cool storage facilities are now running entirely on solar energy, an increasing number of other Jafza warehouses will become more energy efficient as the operator’s solar programme is rolled out over the coming years.
The solar project supports the UAE Vision 2021 for a sustainable environment and includes construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East, with the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on DP World’s Dubai facilities.
It is estimated that the panels will produce enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year.
DP World’s Solar Programme also contributes to energy diversification in the region as part of Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.
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