Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that it had made an operational surplus of 61%, thanks to the uses of artificial intelligence and a series of innovation initiatives.
It also achieved record savings in the use of energy through 46 projects and initiatives that resulted in saving 45 million gallons of water, 30 million litres of fuel and 39 million kilowatts/hour of electricity.
In the field of health and safety, RTA led the region by recording the least road traffic fatalities of 2.3 cases per 100,000 of the population compared to 21.9 cases per 100,000 of the population in 2006. Additionally, RTA’s services achieved a customer satisfaction rating as much as 92.4%.
These figures were released in the recently published RTA’s Sustainability Report 2019, prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, and the Assurance Standards AA1000 2008 (AA1000AS).
The CEO of RTA’s Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector Nasser Abu Shehab expressed delight with the statistics of the report, which reflected RTA’s efforts to improve the performance in social, environmental and economic standards.
“In 2019, RTA launched its sustainability framework formalizing the alignment to international, federal and local strategies of sustainability ambitions, creating a sustainability governance structure. The key areas of the sustainability framework had been categorized into 3 pillars, 9 focus area and 30 elements that emphasized RTA’s values, and balanced its business goals to ensure Dubai’s Sustainable future and estimated sustainable impacts of actions,” said Bu Shehab.
“As for Sustainable Procurement, RTA is proudly the first government entity in the transportation industry to be awarded ISO20400 for Sustainable Procurement. We also became the first government entity in the transportation industry to be Certified the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). We also implemented the ‘Code of Vendor and Investor Conduct,’ to ensure streamlining of all vendor and investor conduct and the principles mandated by RTA for these external parties.
“The essence of sustainability for any corporation is to have a strong set of values that enable the organization to foster a sustainability culture, not just for today, but for tomorrow’s consumers, employees, stakeholders and communities. RTA, therefore, gives due consideration to these aspects in all operational and service projects in line with the directives of our government and strategic goals: Smart Dubai, People Happiness Advance RTA, Safety and Environmental Sustainability,” concluded Abu Shehab.