The report of the National District Cooling Potential Study for India, sponsored by Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), was launched at a virtual ceremony organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the national coordinating agency for the UNEP's 'District Energy in Cities Initiative' in India.
In his speech delivered before the participants at the report launch meeting held under the theme 'The transition to sustainable cooling solutions - a step towards a low carbon economy', Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower reviewed Dubai's pioneering experience in district cooling and the tremendous gains it has made with its huge investments in this industry, which represents a sustainable environmentally friendly solution, an essential means for rationalizing energy and water consumption and an important step in the transition to green economy.
The CEO appreciated the UNEP and EESL for initiating to conduct such studies in India on district cooling sector comprehensively from the point of assessing the overall potential, evaluating barriers and policy frameworks, evaluating business models, which reflects the transformation of the landscape of various technologies and recognizing India's efforts towards a low emission-economy.
As an advisor and an ardent supporter of India in implementing environmentally friendly district cooling systems, Empower funded for conducting this study. Empower is one of the main partners of the United Nations in its global initiatives for transforming the cooling sector to energy efficient solutions and has partnered by sharing technical knowhow and expertise in the assessments of the Indian cities Rajkot, Pune, Thane and Coimbatore.