27 Nov 23

Cundall Conversations: Richard Fenne unveils sustainable visions driving ahead of COP28

In a resounding call for immediate climate action, Cundall, the global multi-disciplinary consultancy, has launched a compelling campaign titled “Cundall Conversations,” spotlighting the strides taken by the built environment to hasten decarbonization efforts across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This initiative comes in anticipation of COP28, with industry leaders such as Woods Bagot, Majid Al Futtaim, and the Emirates Green Building Council spearheading the charge towards a net-zero future.

Kicking off the first episode of Cundall Conversations features Richard Fenne, Director & Regional Executive Chair – Middle East at global studio Woods Bagot. Fenne shares invaluable insights into the studio’s commitment to embedding sustainable design principles across their projects including MC² (Masdar City Square). Delving into the arsenal of innovative environmental tools being developed, he outlines strategies to effectively plan for future climate scenarios. Fenne’s impassioned message emphasizes the collective responsibility of the built environment to collaborate with partners and clients in an urgent mission to combat climate-related challenges.

Key figures gracing Cundall Conversations alongside Richard Fenne include Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA at Cundall, Habiba Al Marashi, Co-Founder, and Chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), and Nazly Asadollahpour, ESG Director at Majid Al Futtaim.

Watch the thought-provoking conversation with Richard Fenne below.

In this groundbreaking episode, viewers are invited to explore the influential role architects play in shaping the future of our planet. The conversation with Richard Fenne offers a rare glimpse into how Woods Bagot is steering the industry towards zero carbon design. He not only discusses the innovative tools employed by the studio but also leaves viewers with a powerful message, underscoring the imperative for the built environment to unite with partners and clients in an urgent and collaborative effort to address climate-related issues. Fenne shares, “Thank you to Cundall for the opportunity to discuss Woods Bagot’s approach to sustainable design practice. A pertinent time for us all to reflect on what more we could be doing to tackle the climate emergency ahead of COP28 UAE.”

Cundall Conversations stands as a testament to the commitment of industry leaders in driving sustainable practices, setting the stage for crucial discussions and actions ahead of COP28. The series aims to inspire and mobilize stakeholders within the built environment to embrace and champion climate-conscious strategies in the pursuit of a greener and more sustainable future.

Learn more about Cundall’s Zero Carbon Design 2030 commitment here.

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