RTA becomes first civic body to achieve ISO certification in Energy Management System

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Source:  www.rta.ae

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently obtained ISO 50001:2011 certification in Energy Management System, thus has become the first Dubai Government entity and the first public transport provider in the MENA region to obtain this certification.

The award was made in recognition of the efforts made by the RTA to maintain transparency at the strategic and local levels, and in manifestation of its vision of providing safe and smooth transport for all.

H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, accepted the ISO Energy Management System certificate from Theuns Kotze, Regional Director of the British Standards Institution (BSI); the awarding body, in the presence of Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA Strategy & Corporate Governance; Abdulla Al Madani, CEO of RTA Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, and a host of RTA directors.

Al Tayer expressed his delight with RTA’s obtaining such international accreditation in energy management system, which adds up to successes of RTA’s efforts to ensure the highest international standards of corporate sustainability.

“This success, he said, culminates RTA’s efforts in energy management and sustainability, which echoes the long-term national initiative to build a Green Economy in the UAE initiative under the theme, “Green Economy for Sustainable Development,” announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It also comes in line with the UAE’s 2021 vision, and Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” explained Al Tayer.

“Based on the RTA’s mission which provides for developing integrated and sustainable roads & transport systems, the RTA has designed the Energy Management System, which enables the civic body to adopt a systematic  approach to induce continuous improvement in energy performance, including energy efficiency, alternative energy, energy-efficient purchases and energy-efficient solution to meet the demand,” added Al Tayer.

RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director further added, “Implementing the Energy Management System in conformity with the International Standards Organization (ISO) enabled the RTA to utilize the edge-cutting energy technology to rationalize energy consumption, enhance energy performance in general, cut energy costs, slash carbon emissions and provide a more secure energy supply. Adopting this unique standard has also contributed to improving management practices by fulfilling more operation requirements of energy-efficient management system.”

“The study conducted by the RTA of late about the importance of providing an energy management structure to control energy efficiency, has concluded that the Dubai Metro has saved a large amount of energy thanks to the sustainable, innovative and diversified solutions it has made in re-using energy. By fulfilling the ISO 50001:2011 requirements, the RTA has now been capable of monitoring and managing the use of energy efficiently, reducing energy costs, and ensuring transport sustainability,” continued Al Tayer.

For his part, Theuns Kotze, Regional Director of the British Standards Institution (BSI) in the MENA Region, said, “Energy is a crucial element in most operations of institutions considering its costs and financial implications. The effort put by institutions to cut these costs may have a negative bearing on the overall performance of those institutions.” He lauded RTA’s keen attention on sustaining excellence in environmental fields.”

It should be noted that the RTA has obtained 10 certifications conforming to international standards such as ISO 50001, ISO 14001, ISO OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, PAS 55, SA 8000, ISO PAS 22399 and ISO 31000. More info