Middle East





130,000 Ton Cooling Plant at The Pearl Qatar

Inside Qatar Cool's 130,000 Ton Cooling Plant at The Pearl Qatar. (click photo for larger view)

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at The Pearl Qatar

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at The Pearl Qatar district cooling plant, November 9, 2010. (click photo for larger view)

IDEA has centered activities in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to better support the tremendous industry growth in the Middle East region. IDEA headquarters staff coordinate items such as special conference planning services, website access and support, District Energy magazine content and circulation, and all member services available to all other IDEA Members.

If you are doing business or considering doing business in the Middle East, we encourage you to consider the benefits of Membership in IDEA.

IDEA member companies have been actively involved in district cooling operations since 1962 and can offer decades of practical experience related to capacity planning, construction techniques,controls, metering and distribution systems. IDEA operating members typically report reliability ratings of 99.99 percent and freely share experiences and lessons learned. IDEA business partners represent many of the industry's finest manufacturers and engineering firms who are dedicated to supporting the growth of a highly reliable energy industry for a region of the world where air conditioning is not a luxury, but a life safety issue.

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More than three years in development and representing thousands of man-hours of compiled experience, the District Cooling Best Practice Guide is dedicated to the growth and utilization of district cooling as a means to enhance energy efficiency, to provide more sustainable and reliable energy infrastructure, and contribute to improving the global environment.

The text and illustrations are designed to provide practical insight and technical guidance on the "business" of designing, owning and operating district cooling systems.






  • Canadian District Energy Association. IDEA officially integrated with the Canadian District Energy Association (CDEA) in July 2012. CDEA members include utilities, government agencies, building owners, consulting engineers, suppliers, developers, bankers, and investors who share a common interest in promoting the growth of district energy in Canada.  The integration of CDEA into IDEA enhances cross-border advocacy and broader visibility for the district energy industry in North America and beyond. Read more.
  • Government of Canada Clean Energy Portal. Use the site navigation to learn more about Canada’s involvement in the clean energy sector, both at home and abroad, or to contact to one of over 1100 clean energy companies listed in the Technology Directory.
  • Community Information Database (CID). The CID is a free Internet-based resource intended to provide access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada. It was developed by the Government of Canada's Rural Secretariat in collaboration with the provinces and territories, other government departments, and community groups.
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  • Norway Reports 31% increase in district heating use. Dec. 6, 2011: Norway reports 31% growth in District Heating consumption year-over-year from 3.3 TWh in 2009 to 4.3 TWh in 2010.
  • CNN Covers Helsinki Under Ground as "City of the Future"
  • VIDEO: Copenhagen: Keeping Cool under CO2 pressure
  • Danish District Heating Association (Dansk Fjernvarme) News Summary Page. Almost 60% of the Danish population in 1.6 million dwellings enjoy the benefit of being connected to clean and efficient district heating systems. Danish District Heating Association, formed in 1957,  is the professional organization for over 400 district heating plants across the country, including 40 municipal utilities, 350 cooperative enterprises and 10 private companies.

  • Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH). For decades Denmark has been the world leader in the accumulation of know-how and the development and implementation of innovative technologies related to district heating. DBDH is a private organisation representing the leading participants within the Danish district heating sector. Sign up for the newsletter of the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) on their website.

  • AGFW — The energy efficiency association for heating, cooling and cogeneration eV (formerly Association Heat and Power Association is an association of companies that provide cogeneration and district heating networks in Germany. 
  • Russia Association of Engineers for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Heat Supply and Building Thermal Physics (ABOK). Non-government public organization, which implements its activity independently and for the purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning for the benefit of the general public, positive effect on the environment and natural resources, to protect the interests of future generations. ABOK develops normative documents and reference books, renders support to carrying out the certification of equipment, participates in designing the demonstration projects, assists in contacts between Russian and foreign firms and in the opening of representative offices of foreign firms in Russia. 
  • "Sustaindinavia": Copenhagen's Integrated Approach to Energy. Sustainable cities -- every mayor wants one. They attract green businesses, and the career-minded people who want to work there. Just proclaiming a community "green," though, isn't nearly enough. Forward-thinking cities are walking the talk. We went looking for examples in Copenhagen, Denmark. The secret to their success is integrating energy production right into the city. Learn how Copenhagen stopped worrying about the garbage and started becoming a carbon-neutral city. by Denis Du Bois

  • April 8, 2010: COGEN Europe— 12 European associations call on the Commission and Member States to stay true to the spirit of the EU ETS Directive and not unduly penalise high efficient combined heat and power (also known as CHP or cogeneration) and district heating. CEFIC, CEPI, CIAA, Euroheat&Power, EFIEES, EUVEPRO, Euromalt, Ebio, AAF, CIRFS and FEDIOL have issued a Joint Letter addressed to the European Commission and to the Member States signalling that industry is concerned that a misguided interpretation of Article 10a4 will result in district heating and high efficient cogeneration installations being penalised under the scheme as of 2013. Industrial operators have made considerable investments in developing CHP over the years, an environment-friendly technique that was, is and will continue to be supported by the EU institutions, the Member States and regional authorities. The organisations subscribing to this letter do not want to be penalised for running CHP installations against less efficient techniques under the revised EU ETS Directive. For more information on this joint initiative, please contact Mr Thomas Esdaile-Bouquet (thomas.bouquet@cogeneurope.eu, +32 (0)2 772 8290).


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