The UAE's Ras Al Khaimah scoops the accolade
Ras Al Khaimah has been awarded Silver Certification under EarthCheck’s Sustainable Destinations programme, a scientific benchmarking and certification service for tourism destinations.
The certification process is carried out by EarthCheck’s in-depth scientific criteria and also involves meticulous monitoring and auditing across 10 sustainability indicators, from energy and water consumption to waste management, carbon footprint analysis and community engagement.
Ras Al Khaimah’s sustainability certification is all the more significant considering the challenges posed by the region’s climate, calling for a more robust approach to managing energy and water consumption in order to meet EarthCheck’s stringent requirements.
The Silver Certification comes ahead of the United Nations’ climate change conference COP28, to be held in the UAE in neighbouring Dubai in November 2023. The conference agenda will focus on achieving the global emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Raki Phillips said: "This landmark achievement amplifies our commitment to sustainable, balanced and purpose-driven tourism industry growth.”
EarthCheck founder and CEO Stewart Moore added: “Embracing sustainable principles will ensure that Ras Al Khaimah’s unique environment and rich culture can be both fostered and protected as the tourism industry continues to grow. EarthCheck looks forward to being an active partner in this journey.”
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