Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has released the world’s first sustainability report for public transport and roads that adheres to the new Global Reporting Initiative. The move is part of the RTA’s efforts to broaden the scope of sustainability in Dubai.
Nasir Bu Shehab, CEO of Corporate Strategy and Governance Sector, RTA, said: “The report reaffirms the RTA’s commitment to realising the principles of sustainability. It forms an integral part of the strategy and strategic goals of the RTA in support of the sustainable development drive in Dubai. It aims to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city in line with the government’s efforts to provide a superior living to all.
“The RTA aims to develop integrated and sustainable transport systems and provide outstanding services to all in support Dubai’s comprehensive development plans. This year’s sustainability report reflects our long-term sustainability vision and highlights our economic, environmental and social conduct,” said Bu Shehab.
“The RTA is keen to ensure that all its projects are sustainable and have the least potentially negative impacts on the environment, economy and society. Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram are projects which have reduced the carbon footprint by encouraging community members to shift from using private transport means to using mass transit modes. Other clean energy projects include electric cars, electric abras, solar-powered abras and hybrid taxis.”
The RTA, noted Bu Shehab, was among the first government entities in the GCC region to obtain ISO 50001: 2011 Energy Management Certification while developing an integrated structure for a green economy.
“At the social level, the RTA launched more than 40 community initiatives in 2016, to the benefit of more than 5.5 million people. These initiatives – including the ‘Read More’ initiative – have contributed to enhancing the quality of life of various community segments, which has raised the footfall at libraries in metro stations.
“We also pay paramount attention to people of determination by meeting their needs in various public transport means such as the metro, tram, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis in order to make their mobility easy on the one hand and integrate them into society on the other,” he added.