UAE – AstraZeneca has officially launched its new sustainable offices at the TECOM Group’s Dubai Science Park as part of the biopharmaceutical company’s flagship sustainability strategy, Ambition Zero Carbon.
Spanning an area of 20,000 square feet at the Dubai Science Park, the new premises aim to achieve platinum standards in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
LEED is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, as defined by the United States Green Building Council.
The LEED platinum certification awards points based on applying sustainability principles during the new facility’s design, construction, and material selection.
In his address, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Science Park, said: “Nurturing eco-friendly innovation can create a harmonious balance between scientific advancements and environmental preservation. By prioritizing sustainability, AstraZeneca has set a sterling example for the science sector.”
The new AstraZeneca office design, construction, and materials meet platinum standards in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design set out by the United States Green Building Council.
AstraZeneca has expanded over the years to be one of the leading performing multinational companies in the Gulf region.
Through its Ambition Zero Carbon strategy, AstraZeneca is pursuing ambitious, science-based decarbonization targets, accelerating progress towards net zero, and managing the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.
The LEED platinum certification allows AstraZeneca’s office spaces at the Dubai Science Park to serve as a benchmark for efficiency and sustainability in the science sector.
It stands as a reflection of the UAE Government’s commitment to protecting the interconnectedness between health equity, health resilience, and climate action.
“As stewards of health and progress, science companies have a profound impact on society and the environment. Embracing sustainable practices ensures that our actions today do not compromise the well-being of future generations,” underscored Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi.
Indisputably, the launch of the Dubai-based sustainable office spaces marks a critical milestone in AstraZeneca’s carbon footprint reduction journey in the United Arab Emirates.
It is part of a raft of measures by AstraZeneca to accelerate the transition to sustainable healthcare in the UAE, aligned with the company’s global Ambition Zero Carbon program.
Key plans also include transitioning to electric vehicles (EV100) by 2025 and launching its first next-generation inhaler with a near-zero global warming potential propellant in the UAE market.
AstraZeneca’s flagship sustainability strategy, Ambition Zero Carbon, is focused on delivering deep decarbonization in line with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5°C.
On his part, Sameh El Fangary, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cluster President of AstraZeneca, outlined: “Climate change is the biggest threat to human health, which is why, as a healthcare company, we have a duty to act.”
The biopharmaceutical company is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from its operations and fleet by 98% by 2026 and halve its entire value chain footprint by 2030.
The company is currently making significant strides toward meeting a 90% absolute emissions reduction and becoming science-based net zero by 2045 at the latest.
Its efforts align with Dubai Science Park’s goals to contribute to the Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ and Dubai Research & Development Strategy and reinforce its ambition to enable sustainable scientific advancement.
It is no surprise that the official inauguration ceremony of the Dubai-based sustainable offices brought together key health leaders in the UAE’s healthcare ecosystem to highlight the need to accelerate the transition to net zero sustainable healthcare.
“AstraZeneca shares the UAE’s vision of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. Our sustainable offices will contribute to AstraZeneca’s drive to cut emissions and be science-based net zero by 2045,” highlighted Sameh El Fangary.