Welcome to MECSD

The Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD), established in 2007 to facilitate sustainable development within the UAE and throughout the Middle East region, was the UAE-pioneer in providing sustainable services for major development clients, multi-national corporations, government, and utility agencies.

Services include sustainable development with regard to IoT Smart City services, development of corporate and government sustainable policies and regulations, facilitation of building and community green certification with local regulations and globally recognized rating systems, environmental investigation services, green planning and design services, and research and development for sustainable communities, buildings, and material practices.

Our commitment to sustainability pervades the MECSD organization and continues to be our prime motivation to maintain an active and sustainable presence in the Middle East as well as globally. Our CTO coined our motto “There is no way to sustainability… Sustainability is the Way…” This ideology continues to guide MECSD as we carry on to serve the Middle East with our excellent portfolio of sustainable services.

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Recent MECSD News and Events:

NOVEMBER- DECEMBER2015 MESSAGE FROM OUR CTO: Thom Bohlen

As reported in the Gulf News November 10 issue, ministers from 195 countries are aiming to ink a global deal to prevent worst-case-scenario warming at the end of the November 30-December 11 Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris.

Ahead of this meeting, recent reports from Climate Central, a US-based research group, have advised that even with the proposed pledged cuts of greenhouse gas emissions in the event ofa successful Global Treaty among the Nations of the Earth, grave consequences are in store for life as we now know it on the Planet.

There is absolute urgency to achieve the UN goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.But the UN this week issued a fresh warning that pledges submitted to date set the stage for warming of closer to 3 C, or more.

If global warming continues on its present trajectory of 4⁰C (7.2⁰F), rising sea levels will claim land inhabited by more than 600 million people, according to a survey by Climate Central, a US-based research group.

Such a rise would hit China the hardest, with around 145 million people living in coastal areas that would be submerged, the report warned.Even if the Paris summit, which starts on November 30, succeeds in its goal of limiting temperature rises to 2⁰C, around 280 million people would find their homes underwater, forecast Climate Central.

A separate World Bank study released late Sunday said there could be “more than 100 million additional people in poverty by 2030” if action was not taken to stem climate change.This is only 15 years away.

Putting these astounding statistics in proper perspective, the current “immigration crisis” in Europe includes the displacement of an estimated 12.5 million refugees, mostly from Syria, of which only 0.35 million have applied for asylum in the European countries. Countries are struggling to accommodate these refugees, although clearly more can be done.

Over the last decade, refugees of the entire World has risen to about 60 million, which is almost triple the level of worldwide refugees in in 2004. But even these numbers, as great and alarming as they are, pale in comparison to the potential displacement of persons due to impending climate change and rising seas over the next 15 to 35 years, well within the lifetimes of billions of people who will live through the dire consequences.

We must all insist that each of our countries commit in COP 21 to their fair share of projected equivalent carbon reduction emissions, and do whatever we can to reduce our own daily carbon footprint. Otherwise we are doomed as one of the earthlings roaming a much altered planet.

One of the best ways we can reduce our carbon footprint is to reduce energy and water consumption in our buildings, which in Dubai represents approximately 70% of total electrical energy used in the U.A.E. This energy reduction goal is what MECSD is all about, and we do it well.

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