Highest sustainability honour awarded to UAE Expo 2020’s eight infrastructure projects

    12 May 2021

    Eight infrastructure projects across Expo 2020 Dubai have been awarded the highest rating under CEEQUAL, the internationally recognised sustainability assessment for civil engineering, representing a major milestone in Expo’s goal to become one of the most sustainable World Expos ever, WAM reports.

    Ratings under CEEQUAL – the world’s first sustainability assessment, rating and certification scheme for best practice in infrastructure projects – range from a ‘Pass’ at 30 percent to ‘Excellent’ at 75 percent, assessed across a range of sustainability issues, including land use, ecology, transport, resilience and pollution.

    Expo 2020 is the first project in the Middle East to receive an ‘Excellent’ CEEQUAL rating.

    Al Wasl Plaza, “the heart of Expo 2020”, connecting all three Thematic Districts and acting as a meeting place in a shaded microclimate in Dubai, exceeded the award’s highest threshold, with a 91.6 percent score. The trellis and steelwork of the 130-metre by 67.5-metre Al Wasl dome, which encircles the plaza and creates the largest 360-degree projection surface in the world, scored even higher, at 93.6 percent.

    One of the largest rosters of awards given by CEEQUAL on a single site globally, Expo 2020’s ‘Excellent’ certificates represent the highest industry recognition for civil engineering and highlight how the event has incorporated sustainable design principles across its buildings, infrastructure and landscaping.

    Developed by the UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the wider industry, CEEQUAL was launched in 2004. It is now part of the BREEAM family of schemes within BRE Global, bringing together the world’s leading sustainability assessment methods for buildings, master planning and infrastructure across the built asset lifecycle.

    The CEEQUAL Excellent awards span Expo’s Public Realm, Al Wasl Plaza, parks, shading and other infrastructure across the 4.38 sqkm site.

    From 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will invite visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as they discover life-changing innovations that will have a meaningful, positive impact on people and planet.

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