SNC-Lavalin launches report “Engineering Zero Emissions in the GCC” to help the region achieve its goals

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – SNC-Lavalin, a global integrated professional and project management services company with offices around the world, today launched its report “Engineering Zero Emissions in the Gulf Cooperation Council” to help the region: Achieving its goals for a carbon-neutral future. This report brings together the global experience and local knowledge of the SNC-Lavalin Group, including Atkins and Faithfull & Gould, and highlights key challenges, opportunities and recommendations for the decarbonisation of the energy and building environment sectors. , transport.

Globally, SNC-Lavalin has developed the “Engineerin Zero” g Net (ENZ) “Engineerin Zero” program, which focuses on guiding the engineering sector to achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible, by helping customers to mitigate climate risks improve governance and resilience to the potential impact of climate change. In 2021, the company announced its ‘Vision for the Design of a Sustainable Society’, which includes a set of goals to improve environmental, social and corporate governance and commitments to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 through corporate activities. The “Engineering Solutions to Achieve Net Zero Emissions in the GCC” report follows a series of other global sector reports released by the company covering Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Energy transition

The continuous transformation of energy production and use in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region forms the mainstay of governments’ strategies aimed at achieving net zero emissions. Decisions about heavy industries, the built environment or transportation directly affect opportunities within the energy sector. GCC countries are developing a mix of solar, wind, waste-to-energy and nuclear-powered nuclear power as part of their planned low-carbon energy strategy mix, although this may be necessary to accelerate project construction rates. Both power generation and grid integration, which must be considered in parallel, to meet timelines set by governments.

It should be noted that the extent and pace of achieving clean energy production targets in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia – especially when placed in the context of each country’s net zero emission targets – leaves no room for slowness in the decision-making process. not. It will be necessary to carefully implement the construction rates of power plants and improved network infrastructure. Given the complexity of government plans, as well as the changing nature of the networked energy mix, which will include stagnant and intermittent power as well as storage, countries will need an “energy system design engineer” to enable decision making.

“The power system design engineer can play a key role in achieving the goals for clean energy production of the GCC countries,” said David Haboubi, Head of Nuclear Power and Zero Emissions Business Unit, Middle East, at SNC-Lavalin said. a unified solution will not be sufficient to meet all the requirements of all the GCC states, and by achieving a comprehensive view of population growth, urban expansion, transport system and future demand, all in line with the objectives set by the government-approved, the energy system design engineer can ensure Well-designed plans meet the requirements to meet the challenge of zero-emission energy production, which includes optimizing the use of natural resources while overseeing decarbonization strategies. ”

sustainable cities

Inclusive and sustainable urban planning is a key aspect of future net zero emission strategies. Sustainable cities must take into account the living and working conditions of residents and access to basic services through a range of vehicle-free or road-based means. Conscious design and planning that achieves zero-emission goals must recognize a life-centered approach to the built environment. The three main aspects of the economy, namely the free market, leadership, integrated and mixed urban planning, and the application of smart technology, will contribute to the planning, design and engineering of a zero-emission response. Providing high-performance built-in solutions for both new and existing urban environments is also an important activity and will be at the forefront of efforts to decarbonize cities in the GCC countries.

This means integrated planning for land use and urban transport and to ensure that the high-performance buildings and environmental solutions offered will cater for reduced energy needs. Furthermore, in an effort to help reduce the carbon emissions of existing buildings, SNC-Lavalin has developed TMDecarbonomics, a data-driven solution to decarbonize built environments in a cost-effective way to empower asset owners. emission targets.

Matthew Tribe, general manager of Middle East planning, design and engineering at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, commented on the matter: Strategic land use planning. This includes stricter regulations around the refurbishment and refurbishment of existing buildings in order to bring them into line with required standards in terms of energy efficiency and wellness. A clear and well-distributed strategy around the benefits of owning and operating low-carbon and high-efficiency buildings, To bring about positive changes that benefit the goals of achieving net zero emissions. for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. ”

Transport and mobility

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, especially the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have invested heavily in their transport networks over the past decade, but it is undeniable that for domestic travel, all countries are still heavily dependent on oil ownership and use – based cars, As well as land freight. This is partly due to the rapid growth of cities and communities designed to be dependent on the use of cars. Changing behavior to road mobility will therefore require a combination of awareness and strict policies that encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, reallocation of road space for other uses, increased parking fees, or an increase in value added tax on private vehicles with large engines.

Public transport networks on land will also play a key role in achieving the net zero emission strategies of the GCC countries. The current metro and tram networks are not yet comprehensive, and there is a need for new lines to more locations so that the mass transport sector can

Contributes significantly to the achievement of a carbon-neutral transport network. Furthermore, over the coming decades, other technology options such as hyperloop and maglev trains could create much less friction than conventional rail systems and require less energy to cover the same distance. The electric power for these systems, if they are to be profitable, must come from clean sources to contribute to a low carbon transportation system.

Roger Cruikshank, Senior Director of Transportation at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, said: “Transportation planning helps to improve mass transport by providing new routes or extending daily operating times, especially when linked to major departure points or airports, which provide residents with multiple car-free options.The increased use of work-from-home, e-learning and online shopping patterns will help reduce car journeys, and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.A broader perspective is needed for long-term planning for ‘ a widespread, effective and integrated transport strategy, including balancing supply-based approaches with demand management and user behavior.


– is over –

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a globally integrated professional and project management service company that strives, with offices around the world, to lay the foundation for a better future for our planet and our people. We create sustainable solutions that connect people, technology and data to deliver and manage the most complex projects. We leverage our global capabilities in local projects to the benefit of our clients, offering unique integrated services that span the entire asset life cycle, including consulting, consulting, services, environment, smart networks and cyber security, design and engineering, procurement, project- and construction management, operations and maintenance, decommissioning and capital – to clients in Key strategic sectors such as engineering services, nuclear energy, industry and maintenance and capital. For more news and information, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Atkins Corporation

Atkins ( is a world-renowned design, engineering and project management consulting firm with more than 19,000 employees across the UK, North America, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe. We strive to establish reliable and long-term partnerships to build a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

About Faithful and Gold

Faithfull and Gould ( is the world’s leading integrated program and project management consulting firm. We work hard to maintain our industry leadership for 70 years, our integrated approach delivers business improvements and efficiencies across all environments and sectors. Faithfull & Gold is a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.

The original language text of this declaration is the officially approved version. As far as the translation is concerned, it is provided for assistance only, and reference should be made to the original language text, which is the only version with legal consequences.

To join:

For more information, please contact

sina kurk

Director of Communications and Public Relations

SNC-Lavalin – Middle East and Africa


Leave a Comment