RTA’s green initiatives help reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: 
Sowing the seeds of green in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a series of initiatives over the last couple of years that has helped reduce the city’s carbon footprint considerably.

From the Dubai Metro and Green Bus to Hybrid Taxis and electric abras, RTA has delivered projects after projects that are environmentally-friendly but at the same time equally convenient for commuters.

One of the biggest infrastructure and mass transit projects in the region, Dubai Metro is an icon in itself, but among its less known credentials are its green standings.

All Metro stations are designed to reduce energy consumption.

“Design and implementation of the Metro station’s thermal insulation systems take advantage of the movement of the sun and shade to regulate the energy consumed for air conditioning and lighting,” said Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of the RTA Rail Agency.

The escalators in the stations stop when not in use, while the train itself runs on electricity, the consumption of which is regulated automatically with the changing speed of the trains, helping reduce power consumption.

Dubai’s public transport buses are powered by a type of diesel that has 90 per cent less sulfur content than the normal diesel, which helps reduce carbon emissions considerably. More info