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Masdar and EDF to Establish Energy Services Company

Energy Central Summary Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, and French low-carbon electricity leader, EDF, have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture energy services company (Esco). At a special ceremony at the World Energy...


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Abu Dhabi introduces district cooling regulations

Tom Oxtoby, MEP Middle East Summary Abu Dhabi Government has become the first administration in the Middle East to set up a complete integrated regulations system for district cooling. The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) made the announcement after the policy was rubberstamped by the...


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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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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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ASHRAE's guide to district cooling in the GCC

MEP Middle East Summary The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) mission is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Hassan Younes, member and...


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Empower: District Cooling Is Environmentally-Friendly and Saves Energy

Albawaba Summary In light of the urban expansion and the major developments in the construction sector, especially in the GCC, the gradual rise in temperature has become a challenge during the last hundred to two hundred years due to greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide and many other...