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How cities can stay cool on a warming Earth

George Sarraf, Christopher Decker, and Jad Moussalli, Strategy + Business Summary Air conditioning, a necessity of modern life, is unique because it perpetuates the very problem it solves. As the planet warms and as it prospers, more people demand air conditioning. Traditional systems consume...


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DEWA publishes Sustainability Report for 2019

Tom Oxtoby, MEP Middle East Summary Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has published its Sustainability Report for 2019. Now in its sixth edition, the annual document summarises the authority’s efforts to promote social and economic sustainability, as well as provide a...


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Empower Awards Network Extension Contract Worth Dh25mn

Middle East Utilities Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world's largest district cooling services provider, announced that it has awarded contract worth Dh25mn ($6.8 million) to extend its cooling service pipeline network in order to meet the needs of major...


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UAE - Rakez to save Dh 2.3 million by cutting energy, water use

Ahmed Shabaan, MENAFN Summary (MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Nine buildings of the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez) are to cut energy and water consumption by 38.5 per cent, which could help save Dh2.3 million every year. The move follows an agreement signed by Rakez with Smart4Power, one of...


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Antin Infrastructure Partners to Acquire Veolia, Largest District Energy Provider in the US

Antin Infrastructure News Summary Antin Infrastructure Partners (“Antin”), a leading independent private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments, and Veolia Environnement (“Veolia”), announced today that they have signed an agreement whereby Antin will acquire Veolia’s US...


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Skanska's Bank of America Tower wins record-breaking LEED designation

Global Construction Review Summary Using 32% less energy than a typical office building, the Bank of America Tower built by Skanska in Houston has been recognised by US Green Building Council (USGBC) as the first LEED v4 Platinum Core & Shell certified project in the US. With a total of...


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UAE - Emicool receives two IDEA District Energy Awards marking 9th consecutive year win

MENA FN Summary Emirates District Cooling LLC [Emicool] a leading district cooling service provider in the region and a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC has been conferred with its 9th consecutive IDEA District Energy Awards in two categories. A bronze each has been won under...


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Market Focus: district cooling in the Middle East

MEP Middle East Summary District cooling (DC) involves the provision of cooling multiple buildings from one or more central cooling plants that are interconnected to the cooling users via a network of supply and return piping. As per UAE-based Emicool’s definition, district cooling protects...


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Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau mandated to include the Dubai's district cooling sector

MEP Middle East Summary Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for electricity and water in Dubai, RSB, has been mandated to include the Dubai’s district cooling sector. The decision was revealed last year at the 51st meeting of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, headed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed...


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Underground water pipes: Another way for cities to keep cool

Amelie Bottolier-Depois, Tech Explore Summary As Paris swelters in record-breaking heat, visitors to some of the French capital's iconic landmarks are being kept cool without even knowing it by a labyrinthine network of underground water pipes. With climate change making hot weather...