More than 150 experts from the district cooling sector called for establishment of a sustainable and renewable cooling infrastructure at a key industry summit in Dubai, UAE.
The fourth annual district cooling (DC) stakeholders’ summit was held at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Dubai.
The annual gathering of elite panellists and solution providers from across multiple sectors kicked off with an opening address from Dr Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, the undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy.
The summit, which was hosted by top events organisation Fleming, was witness to several interactive discussions and reviews involving C-level officials and solution providers from across regions.
On the opening day, George Berbari, the chief executive of DC Pro Engineering, UAE, held a keynote presentation on 'The transition from traditional electric cooling to renewable district cooling in UAE' followed by Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, the assistant undersecretary (Electricity – Clean Energy and Desalinated Water Affairs) at the UAE Ministry of Energy, who spoke on 'Regulatory Perspectives: The Way Ahead' besides a presentation by Ali Alsuwaidi, Mefma – board member, executive director, Ejadah – Dubai Properties.
The day concluded with, the speakers and officials engaging themselves for a 'DC Round Table Discussion', which discussed about 'The Renewable Energy Aspects', 'The Regulatory Aspects', 'The need for effective energy efficiency'.
The summit also witnessed presentations from the UAE Ministry of Energy, Dubai Municipality, DC Pro Engineering, Emirates Green Building Council, Supreme Council of Energy, Ejadah - Dubai Properties, and the Public Work Authority - Qatar.
Day Two witnessed a wide range of expert discussions on key topics such as 'Renewable Energy for a smart choice', 'Technology for the next level' and 'DC with Trigeneration – The Future?'.
These beneficial discussions summed up the summit, and paved a clear way to ensure that the district cooling market in the UAE will be clear of obstacles that hinder its growth, said the organisers.
The summit helped create better - and possibly the best - opportunities for the market to bloom in its current form, it added.
Leading players in the region including Emirates GBC, Johnson Controls, RSS, Ramboll, Lakos, AuCom, IGEL Electric, Greenergy, SWEP, Watco Group, Kelvion, +GF+, Hepworth, Hamon Cooling Tower Company, Frost & Sullivan, Rohr Rein Chemie, Alfa Laval, Aggreko, Ion Exchange and Tasleem Metering and Payment Collection took part.