Kingdom investment in 76 green building projects to exceed $26bn
International experts expect to see more organisations in Saudi Arabia take action to make existing buildings more efficient was the message at the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series held in Jeddah this week.
The event brought together more than 200 sustainability thought leaders, energy-efficiency experts and green building professionals from countries with emerging economies.
According to the Saudi Green Building Forum, investment in green building projects in the Kingdom is set to exceed $26 billion across 76 projects. These projects include the King Abdullah Financial District, the world’s largest green building development, covering more than 1.6 million square metres of gross site area. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs is also planning to make at least 90,000 mosques across the kingdom eco-friendly, using various renewable energy sources.
Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached more than 2,500 professionals through 22 events in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
By Saleh Fareed
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