Dubai has been crowned as the ‘Champion City’ of the district cooling sector globally. It has been a forerunner with sustainable solutions showcasing a cooling capacity of nearly 2 million refrigerator tons. The title was conferred on Dubai at the 8th edition of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow 2018 in Dubai.
IDEA District Cooling Conference
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman of Emirates Airlines Group, the, the conference was held for 3 days. It shed light on importance of district cooling in sustainable cities, various strategies for improving efficiency for district cooling, importance of cooling towers, energy budgets and operational efficiency through automation and machine learning in district cooling. The second day of the conference ended with a gala-dinner hosted by Empower. Awards were presented to all the participating district cooling companies.
Empower – World’s largest District Cooling Company
Empower has played an important role in increasing Dubai’s position with its innovative district cooling solutions. For its remarkable contribution, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower was named 2018 IDEA Global leader. Empower currently operates over 1.34 million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Design District and International Media Production Zone, among others.
District cooling is being implemented in many countries around the world. However, the UAE and Dubai in particular have embraced new technologies as a part of its operations. It has been a proven and key climate solution for cities. Innovative solutions has not only generated cost optimization by reduction in electricity and water consumption but also decreased carbon footprint. This showcases the emirate’s pioneering experience in the industry. It is expected to achieve the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.