The Red Sea Project is grounded in sustainability and sustainable tourism in its fullest sense. Our master plan is informed by the largest marine spatial planning simulation ever undertaken, modeling the environmental impact of developing and operating the destination.
Tourism, properly harnessed, can and must serve the needs of the environment if it is to be sustainable in the long term.
This includes protecting the environment and the species that call it home, as well as supporting the local communities living in close proximity to the destination.
We are committed to aligning the Project with all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
MOU with Ethmar and Ghoroos
We are pleased to announce that we have signed an MoU with Saudi social investment company Ethmar and private foundation Ghoroos to deliver social development initiatives in agriculture, community service and volunteer work, which are crucial to the regenerative approach adopted at The Red Sea Project.
Outstanding GRESB score
We're delighted to announce that the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) has awarded us the prestigious Regional Sector Leader award for our outstanding score of 91 out of 100 in this year’s ESG assessment.
Blue Planet Ecosystems MoUs
We’re excited to have signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with Blue Planet Ecosystems (BPE) to produce carbon-negative seafood and algae in a desert environment and acknowledging the intention to participate in Elon Musk Foundation's XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition.
In this blog, our Protected Species Science Manager Dr. Royale Hardenstine tells us the story of Amal & Hayat, two hawksbill turtles rescued by The Red Sea team.
Inaugural Sustainability Report
We are proud to unveil our inaugural Sustainability Report which details our pioneering approach to sustainable development and achievements to date at The Red Sea, and commitment to transparency and accountability.
World Ocean Day
At The Red Sea we go far and beyond what has been done before to enhance and protect our spectacular marine life and thriving coral reefs.
A journey of Hope
Watch as our Environmental Sustainability team speaks about their experience in saving two endangered hawksbill turtles and releasing them back into their natural habitats at The Red Sea Project on Waqadi island.
Sustainable bottled water
We awarded a contract to Source Water to produce a sustainable bottled water brand at The Red Sea using patented solar technology that draws pure water vapor out of the air and converts it to premium mineralized drinking water.
Sustainable Transport Consultancy Awarded
We awarded a contract to global engineering firm Mott MacDonald to deliver an analysis of the total transport needs for The Red Sea. This will involve a strategy for destination-wide clean mobility using electric and hydrogen vehicles, boats and aircraft.
100% Renewable Energy
An ACWA Power-led consortium was awarded our highest-value contract to date to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure, powered 100% by renewable energy 24/7 with the build of the world's largest battery facility.
On-site Employment Seminar
We hosted our first on-site seminar to explore job and training opportunities for the communities living near The Red Sea Project and to identify potential collaborations between our partners, non-profit organisations and government agencies with a successful history in training and employment within the area.
We Are Our People
Watch as our Health, Safety & Environment Executive Director Brian Spraker elaborates on how we’re Breaking New Ground in worker welfare.
Sustainability is Not Enough
Watch our environmental leadership team elaborate on the efforts we’re making to not only sustain the environment but regenerate and enhance our net conservation value by 30% at The Red Sea.
Care That Runs Deep
Watch as our Executive Director of Corporate Environment & Sustainability Raed Albaseet elaborates on how we are protecting the precious marine environment at The Red Sea Project.
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.
At The Red Sea Development Company, we aim to set new standards in regenerative 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 regeneration across planning, construction and operation. Developmental, regulatory, and technological measures will ensure we protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment.
As a result of our marine spatial planning exercise, our master plan predicts a 30 percent net conservation benefit in the next two decades and we’re leaving 75% of our island archipelago untouched, with 9 islands designated special conservation zones.
We are planning to power the destination with 100 percent renewable energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, all of which will be generated by solar and wind. To do this, we’re building the largest battery storage facility in the world to guarantee supply at night-time.
A Principled Approach
We are developing a regulatory framework that comprises innovative policies and strategies to facilitate our ambitious sustainability and regeneration commitments. This includes the regulation of fisheries, removal of invasive species in the area, conservation zones and the expansion of green and blue habitats to encourage regeneration and carbon sequestration.
We’ve invested heavily in innovative construction methods such as off-site manufacturing while we are using sustainable products and materials, for example green concrete.
100% reliance on renewable energy
75% LEED Buildings Accreditation
30% net positive conservation impact
75% of the destination’s islands will remain undeveloped
Less than 1% of the total Project area (28,000 square kilometers) to be developed
9 islands designated as special conservation zones