Dubai airport free zone's green measures take off
DAFZA takes action to reduce carbon footprint across its facilities
Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) has announced that it has upgraded buildings and used more energy-saving products in a bid to promote more environmentally-friendly business practices.
Engineer Adel Ghafan, senior executive director of DAFZA's engineering division said: “DAFZA has grown significantly since its inception more than 15 years ago. As we continue to evolve, it is our duty to recognise the effect of our activities on the environment and work to reduce this as much as possible."
Lighting systems have been changed within existing buildings with LED lights being installed, as well as light switch sensors to reduce light intensity, which reduces energy consumption by 8% across each building.
Buildings in the free zone are all now built using sustainable building concepts; for example, glass materials are used to help promote low-energy consumption: well-lit rooms help to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
Each building is also linked through a Building Management System (BMS) which automatically controls heating, ventilation, air conditioning and fire-alarms, further reducing energy consumption.
Centralised AC means that the thermostats can be easily adjusted seasonally across all locations. Waste has also been reduced significantly across the free zone as a result of waste segregation and the collection and recycling of cooking oil in the DAFZA food court kitchens. This helped to cut waste disposal rates by 15%.
“In addition to upgrading our own facilities, we are actively communicating with our tenants to educate them on how they can implement their own green initiatives," said Eng. Ghafan.
"We are also providing tenants with shuttle buses and club carts to get around the Freezone to try to reduce the number of cars on the internal rounds.”