Companies in the United Arab Emirates are being encouraged to adopt energy management systems to reduce the Middle Eastern country’s carbon emissions, according to an industry expert.

Niraj Mathur, senior lead assessor at Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, a global provider of assessment services, said: “Adopting an energy management system, such as the ISO 50001, is one of the best ways for the UAE to reduce its global footprint.

“The plan from the ISO is for 60 per cent of energy consumption worldwide to be influenced by ISO 50001 and that is certainly achievable here in a progressive and committed country like the UAE.”

The growth in population and consumer consumption in the UAE’s most populous city, Dubai, is a key factor in the country being ranked so high for global footprint, according to conservation organisation World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet report.

Mr Mathur said: “The need for energy efficiency in Dubai is well documented.

“Looking at alternative resources and creating energy efficiency through energy management systems is arguably the most practical way to affect change.”

Mathur cites the example of property management company Emaar-ECM implementing energy-efficient policies.

“As part of their energy management system, Emaar Community Management recently replaced 12,000 halogen light bulbs with LEDs across its high-rise communities, resulting in an energy saving of 4.5million KWH and a cost saving of more than US$544,000.”

The Dubai government has created a raft of initiatives to adopt energy efficient and green technologies.

In February 2014, the government announced plans to restrict import of incandescent light bulbs from July 2014 as well as an energy-efficiency programme called the Green Building project.