Resident Alert: Is your ‘older’ Dubai building ‘retrofitted’?

40% of Dubai buildings to be centrally cooled by 2030

DUBAI 27 June 2017: The retrofitting of older buildings in Dubai is growing apace to meet the target of having 40 per cent of the buildings centrally air-cooled in Dubai by 2030.

The task is being carried out by Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco), which specialises in retrofitting buildings in Dubai to improve the operational efficiency of cooling units.

Etihad Esco’s progress was reviewed at the 46th meeting of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy.

“The meeting supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and in adherence with the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water demand by 30 per cent by 2030,” said Al Tayer.

“The meeting reviewed the study to improve the operational efficiency of cooling units in buildings by Etihad Esco to increase the share of central cooling in Dubai to 40 per cent by 2030.

“We also reviewed a proposal to develop a power rating system for existing buildings, which relies on water and electricity consumption, to promote the Building Retrofit Programme, which is part of the Demand Side Management Strategy,” said Al Tayer.

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Proposed nominations were approved by the Technical Committee of Emirates Energy Award (EEA) after a detailed study by a team of accredited experts on the evaluation of applications submitted for the 3rd EEA. The number of applications, which were received from countries from the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Europe and Asia, had doubled this year compared to the previous award.

A ceremony will be held for the winners of the EEA on 24 October, in conjunction with the World Green Economy Summit 2017.

The meeting was attended by Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Energy, and members including Abdullah Kalban, MD & CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (Enoc), Abdullah Abdul Kareem, Director General of the Department of Oil Affairs, Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General for the Health, Safety and Environment Control division at Dubai Municipality, Waleed Salman, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee, Nasser Abu Shehab, CEO of the Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Frederick Chemin, General Manager of Dubai Petroleum, and Simon Cattle, General Manager of Dubai Supply Authority (Dusup).

By Angel Chan