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The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

New York Times Summary Desalinated seawater is the lifeblood of Saudi Arabia, no more so than at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, an international research center that rose from the dry, empty desert a decade ago. Produced from water from the adjacent Red Sea that is forced...


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Tabreed's New CEO, Bader Al Lamki, Talks About The Company's Planned Entry Into New Markets

Middle East Utilities Summary Just a few months in his role as CEO of Tabreed, Bader Saeed Al Lamki is very optimistic about the future of district cooling in the Middle East. He speaks to UME about his expansion plans in and outside the region and how Tabreed is leveraging advancements in...


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Key Goals Achieved During Empower's Summer Campaign

​MEP Middle East Summary Empower achieved the objectives of its annual summer campaign to reduce district cooling energy consumption, under the slogan ‘Switch to 24°C and save more’, the company has said in a statement. The campaign formed part of Empower’s efforts to support sustainability...


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Refrigeration tonnes spike 12% at UAE's Emicool to 355,000 in H1'19

​Construction Week Online Summary UAE-based district cooling service provider Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a subsidiary of Dubai Financial Market-listed (DFM), Dubai Investments has recorded 355,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) in the first six months of 2019 by connecting to more than 2...


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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...