ECOnsult founder Sarah el Battouty participated as a keynote speaker at the 5 Global Construction Impact Summit in Dubai
Sarah el Battoty participated in the panel discussion: Transforming the sector – mobilizing the real economy through the Race to Zero, highlighting the future of green buildings and sharing ECOnsult work as a case study.3>
“Highlighting the huge potential of green design to the construction sector, award-winning Egyptian architect Sarah El Battouty, an ambassador for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a keynote speech at the inaugural Global Construction Impact Summit, which took place Wednesday at Dubai World Trade Centre.
El Battouty, a UNFCCC high-level climate champion and founder of ECOnsult, addressed disruptors, innovators ESG advisors, and policymakers ahead of a panel discussion exploring mobilizing the real economy through the UNFCCC’s Race To Zero campaign. The Summit is taking place at the third day of the Big 5, the largest and most influential building and construction event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Running from 5-8 December, this year’s Big 5 show features more than 2,000 exhibitors from across 60+ countries.
“The MENA region is incredibly rich with ideas and energy and resourcefulness,” said El Battouty, who has 18 years of experience in the field of green and environmental buildings and sustainable development. “The impact of such a huge sector as that of construction – from the onset of the concept, all the way to the value chain and delivery – has enormous potential: Potential for R&D, potential for financing, and potential for innovation. That is why summits such as these are so important because they can open up discussions surrounding all these topics.”
El Battouty also used her platform to urge attendees to address the issue of women in the construction sector and the role of rural communities. “A young generation of women are going into STEM research, and we also must not forget that rural communities play a huge role. Race to Zero and Race to Resilience open up these conversations and prompt a more inclusive approach.”