The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has completed the first stage of the LEED for Cities (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification in the ‘Plan and Design’ criteria for The Red Sea Project.
The Red Sea Project has thus become the first development in the Middle East to secure first stage of LEED platinum certification for the destination’s plans and designs, according to TRSDC.
The award recognises TRSDC’s execution of practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving the sustainability and standard of living for those involved in the project, said the statement from the Saudi company.
"As part of our ambition to become standard-bearers in luxury ecotourism, we are proud to have passed this first stage of Leed accreditation," remarked its CEO John Pagano.
"The award is a recognition of our efforts to go beyond the current expectations associated with sustainable tourism, and to become one of the first global destinations to demonstrate a regenerative approach to tourism," stated Pagano.
LEED for Cities is an internationally recognised urban sustainability rating system and certification programme that provides third-party verification of the current performance of built-out cities and communities.
"We look forward to working with the US Green Building Council as we continue to develop our world-class destination, ensuring we protect, preserve and enhance our natural environment throughout our construction period and beyond," he added.
USGBC benchmarks current performance and establishes targeted metrics that enable continuous improvement and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity.
As well as the destination-wide final certification set for award in Q2 2021, TRSDC is working with the USGBC to achieve certification on a number of hero buildings on site, including 15 hotels, an international airport and staff accommodation buildings.
Mahesh Ramanujam, the president and CEO of USGBC, said: "The work of cities and communities such as The Red Sea Project is a driving force in ensuring a more sustainable future for all. Cities and communities that achieve Leed certiﬁcation are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and striving to improve the quality of life for their residents."
"The Red Sea Development Company is setting the standard for what it means to be a high performer and their eﬀorts and achievements should be an example for all," he added.-TradeArabia News Service