Dubai in top 10 green cities
Dubai has been ranked among the top 10 cities in the world for green building, according to a recent white paper published by Solidiance, a management consultancy firm focused on Asia.
The emirate ranked eighth on the list. Dubai was given a score of 43.5%, and scored strongly in the ‘green building efficiency and performance’ category. Paris, Singapore and London ranked among the top three global cities for green buildings.
The white paper aims to assess and compare the performance of the top 10 global cities specifically with regards to green buildings, with performance rated across four categories: City-wide green building landscape; building efficiency and performance; green building policies and targets; and green city culture and environment.
Findings from the white paper revealed Paris and Singapore were the only cities that ranked within the top five in every category and took the top spot by excelling in all four assessments. These two cities showcase strong building efficiency and performance, which showed that both local and international certification standards continue to yield high performance on green buildings.
The global cities were assessed on the basis of their green building landscape, which is defined as the total number of green buildings and green building certification systems in use. When evaluating the citywide green building landscape on the 10 global cities, the research identified London, Singapore and Paris as the top scorers.
London has the highest percentage of green building projects (68%) among the 10 global cities. Paris and Singapore rank closely behind with 64% and 48% respectively, with more than half of the built stock certified as “green”.
Paris won first position for its very low percentage of carbon emissions, which is attributable to the city’s built environment. The level of energy used within buildings in Paris and Singapore were among the lowest in the list, indicating the cities’ level of eco-consciousness and proof that both the local and international green building certifications used in both cities set a strong benchmark that pushes for greater greener building performance.
New York City, on the other hand, did not fare well in this category. The mega city accounts for the second highest building energy consumption (80%) and emits a large volume of CO2 (74%), which explains the poor performance on the Green Building Efficiency and Performance dimension.
Singapore stood out as a forerunner in the industry by putting a bold set of policies and targets for greening the city’s built block by establishing a target to green 80% of its built stock by 2030. In 2008, the city state amended its Building Control Act, requiring all new buildings and existing ones that undergo major retrofitting to achieve, at minimum, a certified rating under the Green Mark Scheme. By 2014, more than 25% of the city’s entire built stock had gone greens.