Bee’ah Group Chief Executive Officer Khaled Al Huraimel recently talked about the Middle Eastern firm’s clean energy initiatives, including its 50 Tesla Semi orders and Tesla Powerpack batteries that are set to be installed in its future headquarters in Sharjah, UAE.
The Bee’ah executive shared his thoughts about the company’s plans in a recent interview with Logistics News reporter Mehak Srivastava. Uploaded on YouTube by the Logistics News ME channel, the short segment featuring Al Huraimel was filled with new insights about Tesla’s role in the Middle Eastern firm’s future.
According to the Bee’ah CEO, the company is currently working on multiple initiatives to push its goal of exclusively adopting green technology for its day-to-day operations. Among these is Bee’ah’s aim of replacing its entire fleet of more than 1,000 trucks with emissions-free vehicles. With this in mind, Al Huraimel stated that the the firm’s purchase of 50 Tesla Semis is but the start.
“We have over 1,000 vehicles operating across the UAE, which we are now in the phase of replacing to a more eco-friendly fleet. We just recently placed (orders for) the first 50 trucks, Tesla trucks, that will be placed in the Middle East,” the executive said.
Al Huraimel further asserted that Bee’ah is in close partnership with the Elon Musk-led firm. Bee’ah is currently building its one-of-a-kind, futuristic headquarters in Sharjah, UAE. Designed by prominent architect Zaha Hadid, Bee’ah’s upcoming HQ is set to be a marvel of green technology, being completely emissions-free and functioning entirely on renewable energy. According to the CEO, Tesla’s Powerpack batteries form a pivotal part of the plans for its upcoming headquarters.
“We do a lot with Tesla, including our new headquarters, which we are building, which will become the first LEED-certified Platinum building in Sharjah. It will be powered 100% by renewable energy and the Powerpacks for the battery storage will be by Tesla.”
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a system originally developed by the US Green Building Council as a means to encourage the adoption and construction of resource-and-energy efficient buildings. As of date, the LEED certification scale features four levels — Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum — and graded on a 136-point scale. For buildings to be LEED Platinum-certified, they have to earn a minimum of 90 points from a variety of metrics from materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, and overall sustainability, among others.
As we noted in a previous report, Bee’ah’s 50 Tesla Semis will play a key role in the environmental and waste management firm’s daily operations, with some of the trucks set to be utilized for waste collection and transportation and others being used for the transportation of materials for recovery.