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UAE Using 225% More Energy Than Europe

Middle East expected to reach 68.5 million tourist arrivals by 2020
200-plus delegates to discuss project, portfolio and service management
Dubai UAE: Most recent figures reveal that commercial and residential properties in the Middle East currently use 225 per cent more energy than their European counterparts, according to Alan Harpham, Chairman, APMG-International, a global examination institute.

“In fact, UAE’s per capita footprint of 9.5 hectares is four times more than the global per person 2.1 hectares availability.”

He said that the UAE must step-up management of its ecological footprint. This was a response to recent research which revealed the equivalent of 6.5 planets is needed to regenerate resources and absorb the carbon emissions, if globally everyone lived like the average Middle Eastern resident.

“With international arrivals to the Middle East expected to reach 68.5 million by 2020, carbon footprint management is key in generating projects that create an effective presence within the UAE to ensure ecological, economic and social success,” he shared.

Harpham is set to kick-off timely conversation among the region’s senior management teams at this month’s upcoming ‘APMG-International Showcase Middle East’ masterclass and networking event on September 9 2012.

Meanwhile Harpham acknowledged that developing ‘clean energy’ has increasingly become a hot topic in the Middle East due to climatic conditions and the swift consumption of dwindling natural resources.

“However, since then that UAE-based projects like Emirates Wildlife Society’s (EWS-WWF) ‘Eco-School programme’, Abu Dhabi’s ‘Estimada initiative’ and the ‘UAE Strategy for Green Development’ have set out to contribute towards creating a greener living space for its residents,” he said.

Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), a leading figure within the UAE’s carbon reduction industry, echoed Harpham’s sentiments as he acknowledged that management professionals must stand together to help reduce the nations’ carbon footprint.

Iannelli will discuss Change, Project and Risk Management and will address the relationship of PRINCE2 across different areas, from Humanitarian to Power Generation.

“We are only a couple of concerted management steps away from creating a carbon-free UAE,” Iannelli added.

Harpham shared that is vital to identify opportunities and we can work together to create public knowledge of the carbon state of the UAE, “the UAE has already committed to reduce the carbon footprint of the country by 20 per cent by 2015,” he said.

“What we urge is dialogue with major organisations and government departments to raise awareness and encourage carbon changes.”

The British University in Dubai ( BUiD ) is set to play host to the delegates from diverse business sectors at the upcoming APMG-International Showcase Middle East, where experts are set to take the stage in Dubai to share management research, ideas and best practices.

“We must recognise that our ability to manage our resources is key to survival. The UAE as a whole needs to practice carbon footprint management and champion green corporate practices,” Harpham concluded.

To attend the APMG-International Showcase Middle East visit www.middle-east.apmg-showcase.com/Registration.

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About APMG-International Showcase Series:
The global APMG-International Showcase Series reflects the wide range of knowledge-based management disciplines and topics in sync with APMG-International’s well-known portfolio of qualification schemes.

Showcases are held in several regions around the world each year, including Europe, North America, India, China, the UK and Australasia. The management disciplines covered may vary by event, but the international series typically includes Project, Programme & Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Change Management & IT Service Management.

Earlier known as Best Practice Showcase, these events have become the most coveted opportunities for experts, Best Practice advocates and practitioners around the world and has expanded to include risk, change and service management.

The events are run by APMG-International, the leading Examination Institute which accredits training and consulting organisations, and manages certification schemes for professionals.

More information available on www.middle-east.apmg-showcase.com/

About APMG
APMG-International is a global examination institute with responsibility for ensuring that training and consulting organisations working with its qualifications have passed rigorous assessments. It also sets and marks examinations in over 20 languages for professionals who want to prove their knowledge and continue their career development.

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