Dubai has launched the region’s first association for district cooling operators in bid to boost the efficiency of district cooling operations and optimise water and energy resources, thus enhancing the shift towards a sustainable green economy.
The association is an official and recognised platform which aims to raise the efficiency of district cooling plants and create a roadmap to improve water and electricity consumption in operations by sharing local expertise in the district cooling sector, in line with the best international practices.
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) said it has set a target to achieve the strategic objectives of the Demand Side Management Strategy of reducing 30% of the electricity and water demand by 2030.
"We are working on 11 programmes to manage the demand on water and energy, including Green Building Code; Building Retrofits; Outdoor Lighting and Efficient Cooling," remarked its Vice Chairman Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
"The district cooling systems and technologies which have been deployed across the UAE help reduce by half, the energy used for cooling. This supports Dubai’s efforts to cut its carbon footprint. We have achieved significant success in the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy by reducing more than 14 million tonnes of emissions in 2019," he noted.
"This is equal to a 22% reduction compared to business as usual. Results achieved exceeded the targets set in the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021," added Al Tayer.
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar presided over the association’s first meeting in the presence of Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the DSCE and representatives from the DSCE and the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity and Water of Dubai (RSB).
Al Muhairbi outlined the need to increase the penetration of district cooling in Dubai to reach 40% by 2030.
Lauding the new association, the DSCE official said that district cooling operators should integrate modern technologies of energy efficiency into their operations and prioritise the usage of recycled water in district cooling.
"The DSCE aims to strengthen collaboration among members to support energy efficiency initiatives. I encourage everyone to take part in outlining best practices for promoting district cooling as a desired cooling option in Dubai," he added.