At the Red Sea Development Company, we aim to set new standards in sustainable development, respecting the natural world, creating opportunities for the local communities and protecting the destination for the future.
We aspire to be the world leader in environmental sustainability across planning, construction and operation. Developmental, regulatory, and technological measures will ensure we protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment.
The master plan is informed by a comprehensive marine spatial planning simulation that projects a net positive conservation benefit of up to 30% within the next two decades.
And sensors throughout the destination will monitor environmental markers to provide consistent feedback of the surrounding waters as well as aridity and wind patterns inland.
A principled approach
We are pursuing a policy of 100 percent renewable energy at the destination, with the ultimate objective of generating and storing energy exclusively from using renewable sources.
We plan to implement a range of policies including zero waste-to-landfill, 100 percent carbon neutrality and a total ban on single use plastics. Where the technology currently exists to achieve this, we will implement it. Where it doesn’t exist today, we will seek to develop it.
100 percent renewable energy 24 hours a day
Zero single use plastics
Net positive conservation impact
100 percent carbon neutrality
Marine Spatial Planning Study
30+ environmental studies
Designation of nine islands as special conservation areas
Community training and development
Marine Spatial Planning
In partnership with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), we developed a ground-breaking marine spatial planning simulation – utilizing software specially developed in the Kingdom – to assess developmental impact and enhance biodiversity.
Brains for Brine
Where solutions do not yet exist for sustainability challenges, we are seeking the innovators and experts that can help us solve them. Our Brains for Brine initiative looks for sustainable solutions for the management of brine discharged from the water desalination process.
We hired a team of Sustainability Stewards to support with the delivery of a number of ongoing and soon-to-launch initiatives at the site. The team consists of a Project Manager and a Senior Specialist, four supervisors and 30 stewards.
We launched a Turtle Tagging program in September 2019, tracking the movements of 20 Green turtles. The program is set to expand in 2020 with an additional 20 Hawksbill turtles tagged and monitored by the environmental team at TRSDC and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Largest Dark Sky Reserve in the World
We are working with Cundall, an international multi-disciplinary consultancy, to develop a lighting strategy that provides enough lighting for safe movement around the site, whilst meeting stringent International Dark Sky criteria. This will allow us to seek an accreditation that recognizes areas with an exceptional quality of starry nights and a commitment to protecting the nocturnal environment.
Landscaping Nursery Staffed by Locals
We welcomed 45 employees from Umluj and Al Wajh to work at our 100-hectare site nursery, which will provide upwards of 15 million plants for landscaping and sustainability initiatives.
Private Sector Engagement
Working with Munsha’at, we engaged with the local private sector to encourage their participation in the project and provide valuable insights on the procurement process at TRSDC.
We appointed AlFalah Ready Mix for the provision of low carbon concrete, manufactured utilizing recycled raw materials, to support with the supply requirements of our construction projects in the initial phases of the project while meeting our environmental sustainability goals.