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Khaled Bushnaq appointed regional chair of WorldGBC’s MENA network

WorldGBC is committed to advancing green buildings within the region and beyond

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The Emirates Green Building Council’s (EmiratesGBC) Khaled Bushnaq has been appointed regional chair of the MENA network of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Bushnaq was appointed thanks to his experience and leadership in the region’s green building movement, as well as for his dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings in the UAE, and wider Middle East region.

Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council said, “Whilst climate change is a global challenge, the solutions to it are often local and regional. Championing green building at these levels through our regional networks is therefore essential, in order to deliver on our mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere. Khaled has been a true champion of sustainability across MENA, and his leadership as chair will help to strengthen the network of green building councils in the region.”

The WorldGBC’s MENA network comprises nine councils: Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, amongst others.

Speaking about his appointment, Bushnaq said, “It is my honour to have been chosen as the regional chair and I thank the World Green Building Council and Emirates Green Building Council for this recognition. The MENA region has tremendous potential to implement green building best practices, and one of the important remits of the MENA network is to facilitate greater collaboration and partnership to promote sustainable built environments. The path-breaking achievements by EmiratesGBC in this regard will serve as a benchmark for the region.”

EmiratesGBC says that the MENA region will be critical to the growth of green buildings in the next few years. The organisation states that green building councils in the WorldGBC’s MENA network are already responding to challenges and opportunities on the ground, with the goal of ensuring that buildings deliver a high quality of life for people, while simultaneously minimising environmental impacts and maximising economic benefits.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council added, “Khaled’s appointment as regional chair for the MENA network is a strong statement on his dedication to promoting sustainable built environments in the region. We at EmiratesGBC congratulate Khaled on this recognition, which will further drive our work in promoting green building best practices. EmiratesGBC has been at the forefront in driving transformational change in sustainable buildings, and we will continue to work with our stakeholders in promoting a green building culture across the MENA region, which today focuses on energy diversification, efficiency and sustainability as important growth drivers.”

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