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The Red Sea Project becomes first development in Middle East to secure first stage of LEED platinum certification for destination’s plans and designs


28 Jan 2021


The Red Sea Project becomes first development in Middle East to secure LEED platinum certification


28 Jan 2021


The project has secured the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest level of certification

Riyadh, (28 Jan 2021): Red Sea Global RSG (formerly known as TRSDC) , the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has completed the first stage of the LEED for Cities (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification in the ‘Plan & Design’ criteria for The Red Sea Project.

The award recognizes RSG’s execution of practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving the sustainability and standard of living for those involved in the project.

As part of our ambition to become standard-bearers in luxury ecotourism, we are proud to have passed this first stage of LEED accreditation. The award is a recognition of our efforts to go beyond the current expectations associated with sustainable tourism, and to become one of the first global destinations to demonstrate a regenerative approach to tourism,

Said John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG.

“We look forward to working with the U.S Green Building Council as we continue to develop our world-class destination, ensuring we protect, preserve and enhance our natural environment throughout our construction period and beyond,” Mr Pagano added.

LEED for Cities is an internationally recognized urban sustainability rating system and certification program that provides third-party verification of the current performance of built-out cities and communities.

USGBC benchmarks current performance and establishes targeted metrics that enable continuous improvement and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, human health and economic prosperity.

As well as the destination-wide final certification set for award in Q2 2021, RSG is working with the USGBC to achieve certification on a number of hero buildings on site, including 15 hotels, an international airport and staff accommodation buildings.

Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC, said: “The work of cities and communities such as The Red Sea Project is a driving force in ensuring a more sustainable future for all. Cities and communities that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and striving to improve the quality of life for their residents. Red Sea Global is setting the standard for what it means to be a high performer and their efforts and achievements should be an example for all.”

RSG’s commitment to regenerative tourism was recognized during the assessment process, specifically the master plan which was informed by a comprehensive Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) exercise. This initiative helped identify priority conservation areas and ensured 75 percent of the islands within The Red Sea Project area were left untouched, with nine islands designated as special conservation zones.

Moreover, RSG is committed to delivering a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040. As part of this, it is creating the world’s largest battery storage facility to enable the entire site to be powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day, including the island sites.

Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include a luxury marina, entertainment and leisure facilities.



About Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG - is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) ofSaudi Arabia.

RSG is a global multi-project developer, seeking to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible and regenerative development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment. The protection of natural capital is central to all development decisions, as the organization seeks to create abetter future for all.

A cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 ambition to diversify its economy, RSG is playing a key role in transforming the nation, by creating exciting opportunities for young Saudi talent and the private sector, as it develops built assets and destinations across multiple sectors that make a positive impact for people and planet.

RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.

Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.

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