A year after launch of GRI standards - Where do we stand?

GRI replaced the old G4 Guidelines with the latest GRI standards on October 19th, 2016, developed through multi-stakeholder processes.  There were 28 launch events spanning across 25 counties.  The events were all held between October 2016 and September 2017, bringing together Sustainability reporting consultantEnvironmental Consultant, and other professionals within this field.
 A majority of the professionals who attended the events said the standards will help support and improve the quality of reporting.  More than 150 organizations have joined the Standards Pioneer program, showing their support to the GRI Standards and future of sustainability disclosure. For some, transitioning to the Standards supports their broader reporting efforts.  The Standards consist of a modular, interrelated structure, and represents the global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental, and social impacts. 

GE3S as a sustainability reporting consultantby follows these standa…

Materiality statement is key to sustainability reporting

Sustainability Reporting is a critical step to achieve a smart and inclusive growth with long-term profitability and environmental care. GE3S is a leading Sustainability Consultancy Dubai and Abu Dhabi. For the stakeholder, transparency encompasses a systematic process for improving performance and sustainability reporting practices. It enables companies to measure, monitor and manage their impact on society, the environment, and the economy. For this to be useful, a company should meet with the Sustainability reporting consultant writing the report and categorize the main impacts that influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders. Material topics for a reporting organization should include those topics that have a direct or indirect impact on its ability to create value for the three pillars of Sustainability. Materiality in dealing with Sustainability reporting differs from Financial reporting. In financial reporting, materiality is commonly thought of as a threshold for …

LEED Rating System

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used Green building rating system in the world. LEED certification for a building symbolizes how sustainable the building is throughout its life cycle in terms of resource use, energy efficiency and conservation, water efficiency and choice of building materials.
LEED rating system focuses on eight credit categories namely (i) Location & Transport, (ii) Sustainable Sites, (iii) Water Efficiency, (iv) Energy & Atmosphere, (v) Materials & Resources, (vi) Indoor Environmental Quality, (vii) Innovation and (viii) Regional Priority. Each of these credit categories consists of prerequisites and credit points required to achieve LEED rating. The LEED rating for a building can be achieved in four levels namely 1. Certified: 40-49 credit points; 2. Silver: 50-59 credit points; 3. Gold: 60-79 credit points; 4. Platinum: 80+ credit points. Benefits of LEED Rating System Sustainable buildings are the need of the hour…

Solar Consultancy

Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. This produces a lot of renewable energy and thus brings into picture Solar Consultancy.

Solar Consultancy provides a portfolio of various services such as Owner’s Engineering, Design & Engineering, Lender’s Engineering and Project Improvement.

Owner’s Engineering: As technical advisors, consultants need to keep a vigilant eye on your solar plant development. They evaluate each aspect against stringent quality parameters and provide expert interventions to streamline execution and maximize generation. They help clients in site selection, pre-bid engineering with BoQ, equipment selection, financial analysis and real-time bidding support.

Design Engineering: Stemming from extensive expe…

Indoor Air Quality in Green Buildings

Indoor air quality plays an important part in the well-being of people residing in the building. A conventional home built without any green building considerations will have emissions that may affect the health and well-being of the individuals. Some of the common factors that affect the quality of indoor air are:
ØVOC emissions from indoor finishes such as paints/coatings, adhesives & sealants, formaldehyde emission from furnished products etc;
ØContaminants in the breathable air supplied by mechanical ventilation systems; ØAir pollution due to usage of tobacco products inside the building interiors in a mechanical ventilated space;
ØPollutants accumulated in the mechanical ventilation systems such as ducts, FCU/BCU, VAV/CAV, AHU’s during construction due to poor practices during construction.All the above mentioned factors affect the quality of indoor air which as a result affects the health of the individuals.

How Green Buildings Provide Better Indoor Air Quality?
Green Building St…

Get Sustainability consultancy from GE3S in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Sustainability Reporting is a report published demonstrating a company’s impact on the 3 pillars of Sustainability; Economic, Environmental, and Social. It shows an organization values and demonstrates the link between its strategy and its commitment to a sustainable global economy.   Sustainability reporting forces companies to gather information about impacts that may not have been measure before.
This reporting can serve as a differentiation in competitive industries and foster investor confidence, trust and employee loyalty. The benefits are immense as Sustainability disclosure helps organizations measure their impacts and mitigate false information being published which in turn provides a strong structure to manage efficiently and set more vigorous long-term goals. In addition, reporting builds strong trust between stakeholders and the company by giving a more transparent look into the backbone of the company.  This leads to better decision making which helps encourage and maintai…

Asbestos Survey

Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: chrysotile, crocidolite,amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amositeasbestos are most common. Asbestos was in use in residential and commercial constructiona decade ago, since then it has been controlled/abolished as it’s a hazardous substance and is detrimental to human health.  It can be found in floor tiles, ceilingtiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation, cladding etc. It is hazardous when it isfriable i.e. when crumbled, releasing fibers into the air. Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratorycabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. will not release Asbestos fibers unlessthey are disturbed or damaged in some way. If an Asbestos ceiling tile is drilled or broken itwill release fibers into the air.

The most common way for asbestos fibers to enter the body is through breathing. In fact, Asbestos containing material is …