Empower: district cooling contributes to combating climate change

By District Energy posted 02-13-2018 13:48


Press Release, Emirates News Agency

DUBAI, 13th February, 2018 (WAM) -- Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Empower, a member of IDEA, has confirmed its readiness to provide reliable and scalable cooling solutions in line with the UAE Future Foresight Strategy, which aims to address upcoming economic, social and environmental challenges.

"Empower adopts a comprehensive strategy to meet the demands of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, and Dubai Plan 2021, through cultivating environmental awareness and addressing its relevant challenges while providing innovative solutions in district cooling," said Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

"We are sponsoring and contributing to the upcoming District Cooling Guide, exclusively prepared for building owners, by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE. We are also supplying environment-friendly district cooling systems to many landmark projects, and a number of existing buildings are ready to transform from conventional cooling systems to district cooling. Urban development around the world is adopting district cooling at a fast pace making it a world-wide trend and direction towards a more sustainable way of living," he added.

Bin Shafar went on to say that the 6th World Government Summit, WGS 2018, has also focused on climate change and its consequences on the overall well-being and natural resources, especially in the current environmental fallouts that are taking place due to human activities and natural disasters.

"It has been a global concern that needs to be addressed by governments as well as the civil society; the UAE government has been focusing on combating climate change through supporting international funds that protect environment and biodiversity, the government has also been developing programmes and initiatives that aim at preserving marine and wild life.

"Empower is developing new and exceptional projects to address pollution and climate change in support of Dubai’s Energy Demand-Side Management Strategy, which aims at reducing the demand on energy and water by 30 percent by 2030. The strategy focuses on green buildings specifications and retrofitting of existing buildings, and promoting district cooling and the reuse of waste water," he elaborated.

District cooling can save around 50 percent of electricity, and so reduce the pressure on local power grid, which helps reduce power production and saves on power plant capacities. This ultimately contributes towards less consumption of natural resources and reduced amount of CO2 emissions, and optimisation at the demand side. It has many advantages such as saving spaces that can be utilised in a profitable manner especially in the hospitality sector, it is also a more environmental friendly solution and noise free, and its maintenance cost is zero.

Empower works with UNEP to promote district cooling world-wide.

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