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 award recognises TRSDC’s execution of practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve the sustainability and standard of living for those involved in the project.
“As part of our ambition to become standard-bearers in luxury ecotourism, we are proud to have passed this first stage of LEED accreditation. 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,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
“We look forward to working with the U.S 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,” Mr Pagano added.
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.
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, 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.”
TRSDC’s commitment to regenerative tourism was recognised during the assessment process; specifically, the master plan, informed by a comprehensive Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) exercise. This initiative helped identify priority conservation areas and ensured 75% of the islands within The Red Sea Project area were left untouched, with nine islands designated as special conservation zones.
Moreover, TRSDC is committed to delivering a 30% net conservation benefit by 2040. As part of this, it is creating the world’s largest battery storage facility to enable the entire site to be powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day, including the island sites.
Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.