THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENERGY CONSERVATION
U.A.E. looks to tap vast potential of wind power posted on 15/06/2014
The U.A.E. has been a driving force in funding wind power overseas, but the green energy source has found itself in the doldrums closer to home. The country's obvious solar potential has also had the effect of putting other renewables in the shade
That could be about to change as attention focuses on the wind potential offered by locations such as the power-hungry Northern Emirates and islands such as Sir Bani Yas, while at the same time technology to produce power from lower wind speeds improves.
Such technological developments are especially relevant for the U.A.E., which typically lacks the gales that drive the largest of existing wind farms in Europe and North America.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi's eight-year-old renewable energy company, has taken a lead in investing in wind projects overseas. After wind-mapping the country, it is also scouting possible locations for turbines at home.
The Mubadala Development unit has more than US$1 billion invested in energy projects around the world. It is also a key player in the emirate's attempt to achieve 7 per cent renewable energy capacity by 2020. Dubai's renewable target is 5 per cent.
Masdar is one of three major investors in the Middle East's first utility-scale wind power project in Jordan.
The 117-megawatt Tafila Wind Farm is expected to increase the country's total power capacity by 3 per cent and is estimated to cost about US$290 million.
The U.A.E. wind-mapping project is about identifying the best locations for potential turbine sites. Among the places that look initially favourable is Sir Bani Yas Island, where Masdar has already presented plans to the Government for a 30MW project.
But finding the wind is only half of the problem. The cost of erecting the turbines and their gigantic blades can be prohibitive without the right infrastructure.
To that extent, identifying commercially viable locations for wind power in the U.A.E. is more challenging than doing the same for solar projects, where there are fewer variables to consider.
"The commercial viability of a wind project depends on the wind project itself, the specifics of the project and where it is located,” said Ahmed Al Awadi, the head of business support at Masdar's clean energy unit.
"The Northern Emirates are mountainous, and so in order to build your plant you may have to build additional infrastructure to accommodate the vehicles that would take the blades there.”
Modern blades made for the largest wind turbines are vast. The largest rotors made by Siemens extend more than 150 metres, competing with the wing span of an Airbus A380 superjumbo. One sweep of such a rotor covers more than 18,600 square metres, or two-and-a-half football fields.
Another factor is the relatively weak wind speeds available throughout the U.A.E.. However, research and development into generating power at much lower velocities than was viable last decade has yielded positive results in the past five years.
"At first sight the country doesn't look very windy, but there are locations where it makes sense to develop wind powers,” said Nicholas Fichaux, the programme officer for resource assessment at the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency.
But even in the absence of formal government-supported utility-scale wind farms, small private turbines are already operating in the country where grid power is lacking.
"You see quite a lot of turbines already on the road to Liwa,” said Mr Fichaux. "You tend to see a small solar panel and a wind turbine beside it. I was surprised because you may not think there is enough wind in the desert, but there is.”
While weak wind speeds represent one of the biggest challenges for the industry locally, globally the headwinds are economic in nature.
The increasing availability of shale gas offers the potential to build cheaper gas-fired power plants – even as the cost of producing wind power continues to fall.
Siemens, one of the world's biggest players in wind energy, says the cost of producing wind power in the United States has fallen 43 per cent since 2008, while the power generated per turbine has jumped 30 per cent. It estimates that the total cost of providing wind power has fallen by 90 per cent since 1980. – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/energy/uae-looks-to-tap-vast-potential-of-wind-power
DEWA achieves impressive reduction in demand for energy and water posted on 27/05/2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved considerable success in reducing the demand for energy and water in Dubai through a wide series of initiatives to meet the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce energy demand by 30 percent in 2030.
DEWA has succeeded in reducing annual per capita consumption of electricity to 15,346 kW in 2013 compared with 16,022 kW in 2010, while the annual per capita consumption rate of water reduced to 40,777 gallons in 2013 compared with 44,631 gallons in 2010.
"In line with our goal to become a sustainable world-class utility, we at DEWA work to achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Our strategies for reducing energy and water demand also complement the national agenda launched by His Highness as part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to position Dubai as a model internationally in energy security and efficiency. We aim to support Dubai's economic growth by providing reliable and uninterrupted energy, promoting energy efficiency, preserving the environment and driving sustainability," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
"According to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 plan, achieving energy efficiency is fundamental to reducing energy demand. This will help to reduce our reliance on natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment. We can build on this in the short-to medium term and realise the results in the long-term, and for generations to come," added Al Tayer.
"DEWA is implementing the strategy for energy demand management that was formulated by the Supreme Council of Energy, which has eight programmes to manage energy demand. These include specifications and regulations for green construction, retro-fitting the existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, regulations to raise the standards and efficiency of devices and lighting, and working with private companies to retrofit 30,000 buildings in Dubai. We have also launched a company specialising in water and electricity consumption in buildings (Etihad ESCO), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and the Clean Coal project and initiatives to raise awareness about an eco-friendly lifestyle and the importance of reducing carbon emissions," concluded Al Tayer.
The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 aims to diversify the energy mix so that by 2030, the total power output of Dubai will come from natural gas (71 percent), nuclear (12 percent), clean coal (12 percent), and solar energy (5 percent). This strategy also focuses on demand side management to reduce demand by 30 percent. – Emirates News Agency,
Desalination plants to run on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi posted on 06/05/2014
Nearly a third of the UAE's greenhouse gas emissions, which are produced by burning conventional fossil fuel, comes from desalination plants. Plans to create these plants running on renewable energy have finally been set in motion by Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar.
The plan was on the drawing board for a year, but on Monday, during the Abu Dhabi Ascent climate change conference, Masdar and its partners for the project, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, announced that four international renewable energy companies have been awarded the contracts for the pilot project. These are Abengoa (Spain), working with a capacity of 1,080 cubic metres of water per day for this project, Degremont (France), with 100 cubic metres, Sidem (France) with 300 cubic metres and Trevi Systems (USA) with 59 cubic metres.
They will start developing clean energy for the trial desalination plant, which is in Ghantoot, on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, immediately.
"Abu Dhabi has the world's second highest carbon dioxide emissions per capita per day, and 52 per cent of the world's desalinated water is produced in the Gulf countries,” said Mohammed El Ramahi, associate director at Masdar. "Our aim is to improve energy efficiency for desalination plants and have all of them 100 per cent powered by renewable energy in the long run.”
The type of renewable energy that will be used for the pilot desalination plant has not been disclosed yet, but Masdar explained that until the end of the year, the four teams will work on the technology to be used, trying to reach the perfect balance between technology and cost.
"We need to work on pilot technology to make sure the project will work. While on this trial period, the desalination plant will function on conventional energy to minimise costs. As we progress with technologies, we will perform simulations to make sure the costs are kept low,” explained Ramahi. "We hope to achieve 60 per cent of the current water unit cost in Abu Dhabi.”
Masdar hopes to commence production of the renewable energy desalination plant for a trial period from January 2015 to June 2016. At the end of this trial period, Masdar will choose to go forward with the technology of one of its four partners, or even all of them if all prove successful. "I believe this could be a revolutionary technology and we plan to commercialise it regionally and internationally.”
With the UAE's increasing water scarcity as the demand increases with the growth in population and economy, desalination plants keep increasing production, but it comes at the cost of our environment.
"According to the UN, over 40 per cent of the global population is affected by water scarcity, and by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live ... (with) ... water scarcity,” said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary-general of EAD.
In the UAE, already 30 per cent of the water supply comes from desalination, while the ground water only supplies 55 per cent and the rest of 5 per cent comes from recycled water.
EAD is working on creating two underground water reservoirs — one in the Western Region and the other in Al Ain — which will be used in the future in case of crises. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/May/nationgeneral_May48.xml§ion=nationgeneral
Dubai saves 255,000kWh of energy during Earth Hour 2014 posted on 31/03/2014
Despite a busy Saturday night in Dubai, the joint effort of its residents to switch off lights for 60 minutes during Earth Hour resulted in energy savings of 255,000kWh – enough energy to power 16 average homes for one year – which is 22 per cent higher than last year's savings.
The figures were released by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) after the hour-long environmental movement on Saturday night that was celebrated in the UAE and 7,000 cities worldwide.
Earth Hour is an annual, global movement that started in 2007 that called on cities and homes to switch off their lights for one hour to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that is the main cause of global warming and climate change. The event was first celebrated in Dubai in 2008.
To give you an idea, the energy that residents conserved on Saturday night was equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of 37 passenger vehicles for one year or about 63 tonnes of waste sent to the landfill, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
This year's savings increased by more than 20 per cent compared to 2013 savings of 200,000kWh. In 2012, Dubai residents saved some 216,000kWh – equivalent to Dh1 million.
"Earth Hour this year achieved strong results in reducing electricity consumption thanks to our partners from ministries, government departments and private institutions, and significant participation from the various segments of society, which underlines the strong environmental awareness of the residents of Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.
Since 2008, Dubai has reduced a total of 1,036,000kWh of electricity consumption and 622 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This roughly means about 150 cars taken off the roads for one year or greenhouse gases saved from about 256 tonnes of waste in landfills, if the EPA calculations were to be used.
The same amount of CO2 emissions is equivalent to burning gasoline from 9.5 average tanker trucks that carry 8,500 gallons of gasoline each.
Earth Hour saw iconic landmarks of the country such as the Burj Khalifa, the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Shaikh Rashid Tower, the Sharjah Museum, and more than 100 official supporting organisations dim their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/dubai-saves-255-000kwh-of-energy-during-earth-hour-2014-1.1311142
UAE marks Earth Hour posted on 30/03/2014
The UAE this evening joined hundreds of countries in marking the annual Earth Hour initiative.
In its 8th year, Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide.
Public and private sectors and residents were urged to switch off their lights and unplug non-essential appliances between 8.30 and 9.30 tonight, to show their pledge towards a greener future.
Landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque switched off their external lighting between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to mark Earth Hour, the world's largest environmental action on climate change.
Authorities are also using the occasion to promote the use of energy-efficient light bulbs. UAE encourages residents to replace conventional light bulbs with energy-efficient lighting such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and halogen lamps.
In Dubai, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) led the celebrations at Bay Avenue Park from 5pm to 8.30pm and announced that it had achieved a reduction of 255 MWH of electricity during the 60-minute event. During Earth Hour 2013, the Dewa achieved a reduction of 200,000 kWh of electricity and 120kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
Across the world towards the end of March annually, Earth Hour encourages communities, people, households, businesses - basically, everyone - to switch lights off for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
While Earth Hour has grown from a single lights out event to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, the actual dedicated hour remains a key driver of wider engagement to act on environmental priorities across the world.
Starting in New Zealand, Earth Hour made its way through 157 countries and territories passing all seven continents including Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, then to North and South America, and even to Antarctica, before ending in Tahiti.
"It is always extraordinary to see cities and landmarks involved in Earth Hour, but in 2014 it is the stories and activities happening beyond the hour that show this event has evolved into a movement driven by the power of the crowd," said Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour from the movement's home in Singapore.
"When the lights go off, let's remember Earth Hour is far more than an hour. There is a far bigger impact than the one-hour event. We are here to celebrate that we all commit to going 'beyond the hour' in living greener lives," said Dr. Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General Designate. "Let's remember throughout the year ahead what we have come here to celebrate - that each of us has the power to make a real difference in the world. Each of us can be a Super Hero for the planet.' – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Earth Hour an opportunity for more energy-efficient lifestyle, says minister posted on 29/03/2014
As the country celebrates the Earth Hour, it is time to adopt an energy-efficient lifestyle, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy has said.
The energy minister pointed out the main reason for celebrating Earth Hour is to increase awareness about the behaviours and practices that will lead to reducing energy and water consumption and to a better way of life for the whole community.
"The UAE wise leadership attaches great importance to the welfare of the citizens and to the sustainability of the country's resources, especially in the fields of energy. It is therefore, a duty for every member of the society to realize that reducing energy consumption is a collective responsibility," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
On Earth Hour, Minister bin Fahad reiterates UAE's commitment to environmental protection posted on 29/03/2014
Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has reiterated UAE's commitment to environmental protection and active participation in the development and implementation of innovative solutions to protect environmental sustainability.
In a statement on the occasion of Earth Hour which the UAE is celebrating tomorrow Saturday, Minister bin Fahad said the wide participation of individuals and institutions in UAE in marking the occasion reflects the community's commitment to combating climate change and establishing standards of sustainability through rationalisation of energy consumption in line with the UAE Vision 2021.
He cited the cabinet's recent ban on sale of inefficient bulbs in the UAE to help save more than Dh660 million per year on energy bills and carbon emissions the equivalent to removing 165,000 cars off the road and 940,000 tons of carbon emissions per year. He noted that the ban which is part of an indoor lighting standard in the UAE will come into effect on July 1st.
The minister noted that the UAE drew up a green development strategy to transform itself into a green economy and reduce the its carbon emissions and per capita ecological footprint.
On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour - to celebrate their commitment to the planet. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Sharjah Museums Department marks Earth Hour posted on 29/03/2014
As part of Sharjah Museums Department's commitment to the environment, Sharjah Aquarium and Sharjah Maritime Museum is participating in a worldwide campaign to observe Earth Hour- an event that sees billions of people around the world switch off their lights for an hour every March, to raise awareness of global warming and preservation of the environment in a symbolic gesture.
SMD will turn off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday March 29th, as part of its Social Responsibility Initiative titled ‘Because we Care'.
Going beyond the ‘light's out' programme, SMD organised a fun-packed program which will start at 4.30pm.
Families will also have their share in this event, where at 4:30 pm, there will be unique workshops, creating their own phosphoric, glow-in-the-dark accessories in preparation for the special hour.
Various competitions will be held in the outer courtyard of the Sharjah Aquarium and Sharjah Maritime Museum, to engage and involve children and families; where then will be honoured at a special prize giving ceremony.
"SMD is proud to be taking part in Earth Hour for the fifth year in a row," Director General of SMD, Manal Ataya said. "Being part of this major global initiative is a vital aspect of our SRI, and indicates our dedication to raising awareness of climate change, the importance of conserving electricity and reducing carbon emissions for the overall benefit of the planet." During the event, SMD will be switching off interior and exterior lights, unplugging all the electrical appliances possible and using alternative means of energy for conservation purposes.
Participants in the event will include Sharjah Municipality, the Ministry of Environment and Water, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) and Sharjah Mega Mall. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
ADGAS celebrates Earth Hour posted on 28/03/2014
For the fourth year in a row, ADGAS is to celebrate Earth Hour, organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and honoured by thousands of organisations around the world, this weekend.
The company initiated several activities that started on March 23rd and will continue until the actual hour, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, March 29th, 2014.
The week-long campaign comes in line with the interest amongst the company's General Management and employees in the issue of environment conservation and climate change. It aims to contribute to global efforts to combat global warming and pollution caused by excessive use of energy.
ADGAS will mark the event by switching off all lights and electrical equipment for 60 minutes in its Headquarters and on Das Island, along with millions of people and businesses around the world.
ADGAS CEO, Fahim Kazim, issued a circular on this occasion, urging all employees to take part in this campaign by switching off all lights and electrical equipment in their houses. A giant light bulb was placed at the company's entrance to remind employees to participate in this worldwide event. Posters and t-shirts bearing the campaign's logo were handed out to employees, in addition to banners and signs distributed on the premises. The IT Division initiated a count-down on the ADGAS web portal, along with tips on how to reduce energy consumption.
Three short films were produced to spread awareness and uploaded on the campaign's website. In one of them, the ADGAS CEO stressed the significance of ADGAS's participation in this global initiative, stressing the priority of sparing our planet from environmentally harmful impact and urging our employees to switch off all electrical devices." To encourage employees and get them involved, ADGAS has recently handed out energy-saving bulbs to all employees, free of charge, to be used in their homes. Commenting on this move, Fouad Al Wahedi, Chairman of the ADGAS Sustainability Committee, said, "This is a positive and serious step to reduce our consumption, with this initiative we expect a reduction of energy used for lighting by 80 percent." "ADGAS's role in encouraging genuine involvement of its employees in this initiative was not limited to employees alone. It addressed their families and children at home," commented Ms. Ayesha Obaid, Manager of HR Strategy, Policy '&' Job Design, on the campaign.
ADGAS's Baynounah Club will organise several activities to involve children in the global event. In a planned dinner party, children will light candles in the shape of the Earth Hour logo and of ADGAS.
Meanwhile, the ADGAS HSE Committee called on all employees to demonstrate their support to the international campaign and to go beyond the hour to make it a permanent attitude to rationalise energy consumption. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Survey: 88% of UAE residents believe they have role to play in helping environment posted on 26/03/2014
As Earth Hour approaches, Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) set out to discover the UAE's awareness of the global environmental movement as well as the local call to switch to energy efficient lighting.
In a YouGov survey of 1,202 UAE residents, results show that 75% of respondents have heard of Earth Hour, with 60% of these people planning to participate in Earth Hour 2014. This figure has grown since last year, when only 54% planned to take part.
The survey found that 84% are either extremely likely or somewhat likely to switch to energy efficient lighting in an attempt to help the environment. This is an encouraging sign that can only help to reap long-term environmental benefits as the country continues taking strides towards sustainability.
Echoing the Earth Hour call to switch off lights for the hour, 55% said they turn off lights when not in use because they are conscious about the environment.
More than half of those surveyed (52%) rated the environment as a main issue of concern for them, while as many as 88% of the surveyed believe they have a role to play in helping the environment.
EWS-WWF is urging UAE residents to get involved and play their part in helping the environment by participating in Earth Hour. The environmental NGO is encouraging the UAE community to turn their lights out for one hour on March 29th at 8.30pm, and change their lights to energy efficient bulbs in a bid to do something good for the planet on Earth Hour. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
EAD calls for stronger commitment to a sustainable future posted on 26/03/2014
The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is marking World Water Day and the global movement of Earth Hour by inviting its partners and the residents of Abu Dhabi to take part in demonstrating their commitment towards a sustainable future.
Fozeya Al Mahmoud, EAD's Director of Environmental Outreach, said, "We are encouraged to see that many public and private sector organisations are already taking the necessary steps to reduce their excessive consumption of both water and energy. However, we know there is potential to do so much more. For World Water Day, we encourage our valued partners across Abu Dhabi to consult our guide to sustainable water use, entitled ‘Protecting our Shared Resource - Sustainable Water Use for Organisations,' which can be accessed on our website. This publication, available in both Arabic and English, is an important tool that can help all organisations further develop their own water strategy and implement water-efficiency actions." "WWF's Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots environmental movement, uniting action on climate change.
Earth Hour is simple; each March in more than 154 countries across the world, the lights are switched off between 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm. This year and in coordination with the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF), we call on our partners not only to participate but to seriously consider how they can make their lives more sustainable after Earth Hour. One of the easiest and most impactful ways to do this is to switch to energy-efficient lighting at home and in the office," Al Mahmoud noted.
As public and private sector organisations across the Emirate embrace water and energy efficient practices and environmentally sustainable business models, the EAD is committed to serving as a resource and further encouraging and actively engaging the larger community in order to implement environmentally friendly initiatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Hope that sixth Earth Hour to be staged in UAE can be biggest yet posted on 20/03/2014
Residents across the country are being encouraged to turn off their lights next week to mark Earth Hour.
It is the sixth time the annual event, on March 29, is being held in the UAE and it is hoped that electricity savings could be 10 per cent higher than last year.
Last year, Dubai residents alone saved 200,000kwh by turning off their lights, roughly equal to 120,000 kilograms of carbon emissions.
"The UAE is one of the few countries globally that announces the results of observing Earth Hour,” said Saeed Al Tayer, chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
"This proves the commitment of our leadership to promote environmental sustainability and encourage people to adopt green practices.”
The savings last year were less than those in 2012, which was 216,000kwh, and 130,000kg of carbon emissions – equivalent to Dh1 million.
However, bosses at Dewa hope the savings this year will be as high as 220,000kwh.
To take part in Earth Hour, residents should turn off lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Alternatively, they can join an event from 5pm to 10pm at Bay Avenue Park, Downtown Dubai.
Earth Hour is one of 80 campaigns Dewa ran last year to encourage the public to reduce their energy consumption. The organisation has a target to cut consumption by 30 per cent by 2030.
However, Earth Hour is a global campaign. More than 140 countries, including 7,000 cities and towns around the world, take part in the event every year, which began in Australia in 2007.
"It is inspiring to watch various members of the community in the UAE unite and join the millions of people from all over the world to turn off the lights to prove the effectiveness of Earth Hour every year, to express their desire for real action to protect the planet and to put an end to the phenomenon of climate change,” said Ida Tillisch, director general of Emirates Wildlife Society/WWF.
"In this year, along with the Earth Hour occasion, we invite everyone to take concrete steps by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, to achieve a sustainable future and circulate a clear message emphasising the need to take responsibility for protecting our planet and future generations.”
Earth Hour is also being used this year to promote the cause of energy-saving light bulbs.
From July 1, the import to the UAE of incandescent light bulbs will be banned, and residents will only be able to buy energy-saving bulbs from shops.
Incandescent bulbs are often sold for Dh1.5, whereas the cheapest halogen energy-efficient bulbs can be up to 10 times more expensive.
However, Ms Tillisch said the costs of replacing bulbs with LED alternatives would be paid back in less than a year.
"The annual savings for a household using LED bulbs is Dh2,300 per year,” she said. "It's an expense up front but it's a huge saving for households over the longer term.
"It's also a huge saving to the government as they currently subsidise energy.”
It is believed that if everyone switched to energy-efficient bulbs, it could save Dh668m a year, cut energy use by 500 megawatts and reduce carbon emissions by 940,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 165,000 cars off the road.
Ms Tillisch said that although it was possible the ban could lead to people stockpiling old, incandescent bulbs, it was a better idea to make the switch.
"If they stick to old, incandescent bulbs, they are cheating themselves in the long term,” she said. – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/hope-that-sixth-earth-hour-to-be-staged-in-uae-can-be-biggest-yet#ixzz2wTrMpinq Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | thenational.ae on Facebook
Dewa launches power-saving drive in run-up to Earth Hour posted on 15/03/2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched its ‘Make the Switch' campaign to encourage the rational use of electricity and water by Dubai residents.
The campaign aims to educate residents on the importance of conserving energy by adopting simple yet effective methods such as switching to energy-efficient bulbs, unplugging unused appliances and adjusting the air conditioner to 24 degree Celsius.
The campaign is part of a series of events in the run-up to Earth Hour in Dubai, to be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
Dewa will be organising Earth Hour on March 29, under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and in partnership with the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), which works in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and in collaboration with Dubai Properties Group.
"In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the UAE Vision 2021 to establish the UAE as one of the best nations in the world, Dewa undertakes several key initiatives to achieve the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce demand for energy by 30 per cent in 2030 and promote all-round sustainability, including the rational use of electricity and water,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa.
"The campaign is part of the framework for the plan adopted by Dewa to ensure a safe and sustainable future for generations to come,” he said.
"We have designed and launched this campaign after conducting studies and surveys to learn more about our consumers' behaviour over the last year. This campaign aims to promote a series of simple tips that can be adopted by consumers in their daily lives to achieve positive results and reduce electricity and water use,” said Amal Koshak, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications at Dewa. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE introduces environment-friendly indoor lighting standard posted on 18/02/2014
Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and key strategic partners of the UAE's Ecological Footprint Initiative has announced the introduction of an indoor lighting standard in the UAE and call on residents and businesses to switch to energy efficient lighting as of today.
The standard will see the introduction of safe, high quality and energy efficient lighting products to the UAE market, as well as the phasing out of low quality, inefficient lighting products. These measures will reduce energy consumption that will cut carbon emissions and result in financial savings for residents and the government.
Welcoming the effective collaboration between the government, private sector and NGOs which led to the development of the lighting standard as part of the Ecological Footprint Initiative, Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and the Chairman of the initiative's steering committee said: "Local research as well as international best practice tells us that energy efficiency standards are proven to be a cost effective way to reduce energy usage and our carbon footprint. The new UAE lighting standard will reduce the country's energy consumption by 340-500MW per year which is equivalent to not using an average gas power station for six months. By developing this standard, the Ecological Footprint Initiative is successfully achieving its mission, and is helping to bring economic and environmental benefits to the UAE."
Speaking in support of the lighting standard, Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi stated: "This important achievement came as a result of the strong collaboration of all partners of the Ecological Footprint Initiative. The standard will help to significantly reduce energy consumption by ensuring only high quality lighting products are available in the marketplace. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular will realise substantial environmental and economic benefits, which is a great step forward in achieving our overall vision." The development of the standard was led by ESMA, the federal body of standardization in the UAE.
Engineer Mohammad Saleh Badri, Director General of ESMA explained that the reason for developing the lighting standard was because switching to energy efficient lighting shows the highest potential in energy savings after cooling.
In addition to the environmental benefits, this standard will also result in significant financial savings estimated at Dh668 million annually. Of these total savings, approximately Dh452 million will be saved by households each year, especially in emirates with higher tariff rates. It is estimated that an average villa in Dubai will save approximately 2,315 Dh per year by changing its lights to energy efficient products.
Ida Tillisch, Director-General of EWS-WWF which collaborated closely with ESMA by providing technical support and facilitating stakeholder engagement, said: "The lighting standard brings environmental benefits by preventing 940,000 tonnes of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere each year. This is equivalent to removing 165,000 cars off the road annually. The standard will help reduce the UAE's per capita ecological footprint; bringing the country closer to a more sustainable future. This has been made possible through the Ecological Footprint Initiative, and demonstrates the impact and importance of working collaboratively to bring about action for the benefit of the environment as well as the economy." ESMA will now lead on a six month implementation; coordinating with corporate stakeholders, manufacturers, retailers and other authorities related to the standard. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Dubai Municipality takes further step towards being most sustainable city in world with LED lighting posted on 02/10/2013
In the presence of Dr. Rashid Ahmed Mohammed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Royal has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday with the Dubai Municipality to support the transformation of the Municipality's 262 buildings from conventional lighting infrastructure to energy efficient LED based solutions.
As part of Dubai Municipality's long-term vision to build an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of sustainable living, the LED transformation project will help the municipality to reduce its energy consumption from lighting by more than 50%, leading to lower energy costs and a reduction in its carbon footprint.
The agreement was signed by Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality and Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting.
"Dubai Municipality has pledged to reduce its energy consumption by 20% over the next three years, and we can do so by adopting innovative solutions, such as LED lighting. Becoming more energy efficient will help us protect and sustain our environment for generations to come," said Eng. Lootah. "We are pleased to take this next step with Philips as they share our vision and have provided a solution that meets the needs of the growing city." LED lighting solutions allow for greater control providing the right amount of light where and when it is needed, enabling municipalities to save energy and maintenance costs whilst also making buildings more attractive.
Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting, said, "Philips is proud to partner with Dubai Municipality, as together we will shape a healthier and more sustainable future for residents in the city. As a leader in light, Philips will continue to shape the future with ground-breaking lighting technological innovation, such as LED, that will enable Dubai Municipality to meet its ambitions." Eng. Lootah reconfirmed the Municipality's eagerness to keep abreast of global developments in various areas of city administration, in line with its sustainability policy in the Emirate of Dubai in the fields of green buildings, and to ensure smooth integration with the strategic plan of Dubai. This comes as part of Dubai Municipality's long-term vision to build an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of sustainable living.
The hope is to complete the transformation over a three-year period, during which Philips will also provide on-site education and training on implementing energy efficiency projects. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Wind turbine at Abu Dhabi school teaches students about clean energy posted on 11/09/2013
A school in Abu Dhabi has installed a wind turbine that will help it to meet its energy requirements.
Al Shohub School hopes the 10-kilowatt turbine will produce 10,300 kilowatts of power a year for its new campus in Khalifa City A, which is set to open this autumn.
That figure may be a small proportion of the school's total energy needs, but the turbine will help the school to reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by a significant 2,400 kilograms a year. It will also give the pupils a valuable lesson.
"It will give an indication to all students that you can use wind power to produce electricity," said Alaa Al Bayaty, head of engineering for the office of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the school's owner.
The turbine, a white structure nearly 30 metres tall, is not yet generating power but is expected to start in between two and three weeks.
Electricity produced will power three of the school's science laboratories.
Sockets in the labs will be a different colour to those in the rest of the school to remind students that clean power is being used.
Its power will also be used to cool a 20-square-metre service room, where the system's batteries and control panels will be placed.
Sheikh Sultan decided to install the turbine, the first in a UAE school, in May. Five consultancies submitted designs, with Makan Consulting Engineers winning the tender.
The school covers a built-up area of 13,000 square metres and includes a science and art laboratories, an indoor swimming pool and two libraries.
The school meets the one-pearl criteria under the Estidama green building system by the Urban Planning Council.
Initially, 700 students will move into the new school from an old campus in Abu Dhabi. The building has a capacity to handle as many as 1,200 pupils from kindergarten to Grade 12.
Construction started in September last year, with Nurol appointed the main contractor. The company that designed, supplied and installed the wind turbine is Dubai's Eco Solutions at Vista.
While the UAE may have greater potential for solar energy, harnessing wind power takes up less space and can be more eye-catching, said Ashraf Taha, a director at Eco Solutions.
"Something as high as this will be seen by everyone passing by," said Mr Taha. "I think you can even spot it from the highway, driving between Dubai and Abu Dhabi."
Wind speeds at the site range between three and eight metres a second, so the turbine is expected to be working at least 70 per cent of the time, he said.
"It will provide good information for other wind-power projects in the country," Mr Taha said.
About 700 workers are putting the finishing touches to the school. Construction is expected to be completed next month. – The National
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Energy savings at older buildings in UAE: Emirates Energy Star initiative launched posted on 15/08/2013
The sustainability footprint is getting bigger — and going wide — in the UAE.
The alliance between Pacific Controls and Etisalat, to bring about increased energy savings at older buildings under the Emirates Energy Star initiative, has found enough traction in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and plans to repeat the process across the country.
The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint at buildings under the programme's purview in the UAE by 20 per cent within an optimum period.
The hard yards have already been run with more than 80 buildings, of which 53 are in Dubai, covered since the launch last year. The task ahead can seem just as daunting, though a top official at Pacific Controls was having none of that.
"It is our objective to penetrate each and every emirate (currently Emirates Energy Star is connected to buildings across six out of the seven emirates) and to scale up to several thousand buildings before the end of 2014,” said Sougata Nandi, CEO. "There is a clear mandate to engage thousands of buildings into this programme in the quickest possible time.”
A sentiment shared by Etisalat's Abdullah Hashim – "our focus has always been across the entire country. In coming weeks we foresee more buildings from across all the emirates signing up as we continue to deliver on our current projects successfully.”
So, what does the initiative actually do? Older buildings represent the primary target since these are the ones less likely to feature optimum energy saving mechanisms.
Since these buildings would have an Etisalat network, the alliance partners can use this as the platform to put in place processes that would reduce consumption patterns, particularly on the air-conditioning side of things. (Not surprisingly, air-conditioning usage leads to the bulk of energy consumption in the UAE. Any property with preferably a centralised air conditioning system, can easily engage with the programme.)
Pacific Controls' role is to deploy its ICT-based M2M (machine-to-machine) technology. "To exponentially scale this programme, increasing numbers of buildings are being brought under its ambit, by which it is expected that the carbon footprint of the UAE will be reduced much faster,” said Nandi. Of the initial buildings brought under the network, average savings attained has been pegged at 19 per cent plus, with an average return on investments (for the building's owner) of seven months.
Apart from direct savings, additional ones come from "reduced maintenance costs due to shortened run time of equipment,” Nandi said. "With over 80 buildings now connected, the programme has a database of energy consumption profiles across different types of buildings.
"This is being utilised to benchmark multiple buildings across the same category, as well as different buildings belonging to the same owner. With benchmarking, stakeholders are able to understand the energy efficiency performance of their buildings better, particularly in comparison to each other and take educated decisions for their future projects in relation to the system design.
"Thus, the scope goes much beyond simple reduction of energy consumption to providing much needed data that enables intelligent system design process for future buildings.”
But what about buildings that do not feature centralised air-conditioning? "There is no technological limitation to connecting to a building's air-conditioning system as there are multiple methodologies to achieve this,” said Nandi. "However, in the case of older equipment, the level and depth of communication that can be achieved is sometimes limited by the technology of the equipment itself.
"Wherever such limitations exist, alternative methodologies for connectivity are used, which may have an impact on the extent of the energy savings achieved. Notwithstanding the age, energy savings can be achieved in all types of buildings, except in situations where individual tenants are paying for their electricity consumptions inside their occupied space and thus the building has multiple users paying for their electricity bills separately.” – Gulf News
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From Waste to Energy: Landfill site generates electricity - first in the region posted on 01/08/2013
Dubai Municipality's largest waste collection site in Al Ghusais started producing electricity on Monday night, becoming the first landfill in the region to run its entire operation with electricity generated from landfill gas.
This is the first time in the Middle East that landfill gas has been converted to generate electricity through the flaring of methane, which is also in line with Dubai Municipality's vision to generate 20MW of power from landfill gas by 2020.
The Municipality's ambitious waste-to-energy project through a landfill gas recovery plant at the site which opened in January, is now producing1MW (1000KW) of electricity to run the high-efficiency gas conversion and flare equipment installed the plant, power for the site offices and lighting at the landfill, spread over an area of 3.5 sq. kilometres, according to reports by local dailies yesterday.
"With Dubai's bid to host the World Expo 2020 going full steam ahead, we are further highlighting our leadership in creating innovative solutions for the future through the project. This 2020 project is set to produce 20MW of power by the turn of the decade," said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.
"The project also complements the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to explore alternative energy sources that will reduce demand on the existing power grid, while protecting the environment," explained Lootah.
The Al Ghusais Landfill site adopts the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) initiative, which is registered with the United Nations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Through implementing the CDM project, the municipality aims to reduce methane emissions, which is expected to remove 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the air.
The gas collection system implemented by Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability for the Municipality can recover methane emitted from organic waste and convert it into electricity by flaring gas.
"This environmentally-friendly project involves turning methane gas into electricity, and this is the first stage of transferring electricity to feed the plant and the landfill from 500 cubic metres of methane gas into one megawatt," said Eng Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department at Dubai Municipality.
The Al Ghusais Landfill site has been receiving municipal solid waste since 1978. It is one of the largest sites for municipal waste collection in Dubai, which receives about 5,000 tonnes of waste a day, and with the decomposition of municipal waste, the landfill site emissions are approximately 55 per cent methane and 45 per cent carbon dioxide which until now has been discharged into the atmosphere. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Energy rating labels to be displayed on all UAE appliances posted on 09/07/2013
The UAE government is embracing clean energy initiatives with the implementation of an energy ratings system to be incorporated across household appliances, air conditioning systems and lighting.
The Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA) has passed into legislation and implemented the first phase of the new Energy Rating system to grade the energy consumption of products by using a star rating system - setting a benchmark for energy efficiency.
ESMA consulted the industry extensively to create the programme and worked closely with manufacturers in order to develop the standards.
The move is expected to save the government Dh 400 million a year by 2016 from energy savings on air conditioning units alone.
The new energy rating system is similar to that used in Australasia, but has been created specifically for the UAE.
The ratings will be displayed on labels to help make comparisons between models and choose the most energy-efficient appliance that suits their needs. The labels will provide information on how much electricity an appliance uses in a year, plus the star rating to show how energy efficient it is.
The first products required to adhere to the energy ratings system were residential air conditioning units, when compliance became mandatory earlier this year. Washing machines will need to meet energy rating standards from June 2013, after legislation was passed in early April.
Other products currently being addressed by the ESMA board are expected to be included in the legislation over the coming months include cooling and refrigeration products, lights, water heaters, motors and water pumps.
Implementation of the star rating system is mandatory and the government is encouraging manufacturers to produce higher quality products. Manufacturers and importers of lower rated products will be charged fees according to the star rating of the product The energy star rating system is just one part of an overall system being implemented by the government that combines building codes and energy efficient glass solutions with energy ratings to create a system to monitor and reduce overall consumption of energy. The government hopes to make the energy rating system the standard for the region and implement it across the GCC.
Meanwhile, Bosch Domestic Appliances recently launched their Green Star campaign, an environmental initiative aimed at promoting sustainability by encouraging communities to take simple steps in their everyday lives to save resources. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Emirates Energy Star aims for 100,000 buildings in 5 years posted on 07/07/2013
The UAE's national energy efficiency programme, Emirates Energy Star, or EES, plans to target 100,000 buildings in five years to reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE.
The programme, jointly launched by etisalat and Pacific Controls, is receiving positive response as ministries and public and private sector companies are adopting the project.
"The EES project's whole objective is to reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE,” Sougata Nandi, chief executive officer of Pacific Controls, told Khaleej Times.
Jointly launched in December 2011, the project boasts its presence in key economic sectors and received applause from the Ministry of Social Affairs, which has signed five buildings, and issued a case study.
"The Ministry of Social Affairs joined the EES programme in 2012 and declared its commitment to reduce energy usage and carbon footprint in its facilities. The ministry also carried out a green care initiative in its strategy for 2011-13 and this will remain for a third session strategy in 2014-16,” UAE Minster of Social Affairs Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi said in the study. The project is also being implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, with six campuses, and the Ministry of Justice.
"Currently, we are connected to 79 buildings across the UAE and more are joining as penetration is faster than before. The project has targeted 100,000 buildings in five years, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Environment, and supports the vision of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce electricity consumption by 30 per cent by 2030, as well as the UAE's Green Economy Programme,” Nandi said.
He said the overall goal of the EES programme is to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.
"The EES solution aims to reduce energy consumption in existing facilities and infrastructure across the UAE by monitoring real-time performance data of existing energy consuming equipment on a continuous basis and adopting optimisation measures. As of April 2013, the project has saved energy worth 10,741 of carbon dioxide valued at Dh7.2 million.” – Khaleej Times
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UAE: Emirates Energy Star project cuts energy consumption posted on 23/06/2013
SIM cards like the ones in our mobile phones are playing a major role in a national programme which cuts energy use in buildings — so far the plan has saved 10,741 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 2,306 trees.
Some 72 buildings, from government buildings to apartments and schools, have to date signed up for the Emirates Energy Star (EES) programme. Reports suggest that energy used to power buildings is responsible for 60 per cent of total world electricity consumption. Etisalat and Pacific Controls (a Dubai-based information and communications technology company) introduced the programme. Through Etisalat SIM cards, a Global Command Control Centre (GCCC), assesses the electricity consumption of chillers and electronic devices used at those buildings.
A round-the-clock monitoring unit makes sure the savings are achieved.
EES is one the government's largest initiatives to battle the global concern of increasing carbon emissions and pollution. It has achieved 95 per cent of its target well before its 2015 time limit, a senior executive of the programme told Gulf News.
The programme, which originally aimed to reduce 20 per cent of energy consumed and the carbon footprint of all buildings under its scope by 2015, achieved a 19 per cent target by April this year, Abdullah Hashim, senior Vice-President, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Etisalat, said.
It has resulted in a cash saving of Dh7.2 million for the UAE since its launch in December 2011 until April this year, he added.
"If the monitoring team see an unexpected hike in energy consumption from any device on any client they identify the cause, check any existing technical problems and alert the maintenance team,” Hashim said.
The programme is being implemented under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment and Water and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).
EES also aims to enable the UAE government to be the first in the world to not only reduce carbon footprint but also monitor and report on its carbon footprint in real time, he said. – Gulf News
World’s most sustainable building can now be found in Dubai posted on 17/06/2013
If Dubai is home to the tallest, the largest, and everything else worthy of the record books, it can also have the "most sustainable" commercial building in the world — The Change Initiative (TCI) — on Sheikh Zayed Road.
TCI is a 4,000-square-metre shop that provides sustainable solutions in Dubai. It has secured the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council (GBC), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable buildings worldwide.
TCI achieved 107 points out of 110, making it the most sustainable commercial building in the world. The record was previously held by Pixel, a four-level building in Australia, with 105 points.
"Congratulations on setting a new record with your LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum project. The store is a great prototype for sustainable real estate applicable worldwide,” S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the US GBC and Chairman of the World GBC, said in his letter to Gundeep Singh, TCI Founder and CEO.
Upon receiving the certification on Sunday, Singh said that he shares the recognition not only with his team but also with the rest of Dubai.
"I think, not only for us, for the rest of Dubai as a whole, as you see, we have achieved a pinnacle of being sustainable around the world and in a place that is completely paradoxical. Most people believe that Dubai cannot be sustainable or is less sustainable. But we've proven that if Dubai can build the tallest, the biggest, then it can also build the most sustainable building,” Singh told Gulf News.
Only one year old, TCI doesn't only provide environmentally-friendly solutions. It practises what it preaches by incorporating all aspects of green building on its 4,000-square-metre structure from its roofing to energy-efficient lighting to its water system.
TCI has 26 technologies, including solar panels and heat-reflective paint, on its roof that provides 40 per cent of the building's energy requirements. Its outer structure has insulation three times more than that of a normal building; all its windows have heat-reflective films; water in the building is re-used and recycled; and most of the materials used for the building's interiors are recycled.
This high LEED Platinum rating is not the first in Dubai, which is also home to the Dewa (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) Sustainable Building, the largest government building in the world with 98 out of 110 points. – Gulf News
NASA-designed solar radiation reflectors in UAE posted on 12/06/2013
The UAE's Al Serkal Group announced yesterday that it has brought In'Flector window insulation panels to the Middle East, North Africa and Asia for the first time.
Originally developed by NASA to reflect solar radiation from the Space Shuttle, In'Flector panels can halve energy costs in homes and offices and will help to support the push for "Green Buildings” in the UAE and wider Middle East.
According to a media statement issued by the Al Serkal Group, the region's many glass-fronted buildings are prone to absorb solar heat and harmful UV rays, making it difficult to maintain a consistent indoor temperature. To overcome this, maintains the statement, buildings are excessively reliant on air-conditioning systems, which are expensive and energy-hungry, and floor-to-ceiling curtains and blinds, which block natural light.
The see-through In'Flector panels, which are constructed of aluminium, carbon and a UV layer, let light in and keep heat out by reflecting back up to 92 per cent of UV rays, 80 per cent of radiant heat, and 78 per cent of solar heat gain, providing a stable and comfortable environment alongside lower cooling and lighting costs.
In'Flector panels are particularly effective in the UAE's urban environment. In a week-long trial carried out in conjunction with Dubal, In'Flector panels were able to reduce overall energy use in a test building by 41 per cent, claims the statement.
Once installed, In'Flector panels can deliver a full return on investment on average within 18 months. Additionally, they reduce cooling loads which, in turn, lessens the amount of air pollutants entering the conditioned space through the cooling systems, improving indoor air quality.
In'Flector is launched amid intensified efforts to create "Green Buildings” in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai will introduce mandatory green building rules and regulation on all buildings, a move which is likely to be echoed elsewhere in time. In'Flector panels offer developers and property owners a simple and effective way to retrofit existing buildings and equip new ones to meet the challenge of creating sustainable homes and offices.
"Reducing the energy consumption of both individuals and businesses is now widely recognised as being key to the continued sustainable development of the Middle East,” said Ian Constable, the Managing Director of In'Flector under the Environment Division.
"This emerging priority has made green products viable in the region for the first time and has unlocked new markets for innovations such as In'Flector. Moreover, this product is particularly well suited to the local climatic conditions and prevailing architecture, meaning it can make a major contribution to the drive to lower energy usage in the region's homes and offices.”
Already widely used across the US and Canada, In'Flector panels are now being installed by some of the Middle East's leading companies, including Aramex and Damac Properties, which has used the product in the offices of its Ocean Heights and Executive Heights developments. The Al Serkal Group has also seen strong early demand from residential customers keen to reduce energy use in their homes.
"Our founder, Nasser bin Abdullatif Alserkal, made addressing green issues a priority as far back as the 1920s, and we are proud to continue this legacy by introducing In'Flector into the region, which we believe will become a key piece of environmental technology over the coming years.” – Emirates 24|7
Dewa’s conservation initiative saves Dh16m in educational sector posted on 21/05/2013
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's conservation initiative saved Dh16 million in electricity and water, it was announced at the eighth Conservation Award for the educational sector.
Along with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) jointly honoured the efforts of individuals and institutions in the educational sector for reducing their water and electricity use at the award ceremony held under the theme ‘For a Better Tomorrow.'
"The initiative encouraged students and faculty members to save eight per cent in electricity usage and 27 per cent in water consumption. The consumer category encouraged residents to save 28 per cent of electricity and 33 per cent of water used,” said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.
Pointing out that energy and water conservation plays a key role in minimising carbon emissions, Al Tayer said the drive helped save a total of 21 million Kw of electricity, 144 million gallons of water, and 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in all categories.
The Conservation Award, which was launched in 2005 for the education sector, monitors and measures the results achieved by the universities, schools, and nurseries, and encourages students to integrate water and electricity conservation into their daily lives.
The awards were given to 19 educational institutions, 19 coordinators representing winning institutions, six best conservation teams and team coordinators from the academic level and five nominated facility-management workers. Four best nominated parents from the winning institutions along with three residential consumers were also awarded at the ceremony. – Gulf News
Eco-Stallion energy efficient car revealed by American University of Sharjah students posted on 29/04/2013
Mechanical Engineering students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have built an energy-efficient car from recycled paper and glue in order to take part in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia competition.
The AUS team will compete with other students from all over the world in building an energy-efficient car that travels the greatest distance using the least energy at the Eco-Marathon Asia competition taking place from July 4 to 7 this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The AUS team, which compromises Mughees Khan (team leader), Badarud Duja, Fouad Khan, Ridwan Murshed, Omar Jadallah and Ahmad Farhat, built the ‘Eco-Stallion' from paper in order to reduce costs and build their own car shell from scratch.
"If we were to order a shell from abroad, that is made from carbon fibre, it would cost us Dh20,000, while building the shell from paper cost us around Dh500. Cost is important because when someone wants to buy a car he/she wants to buy the most efficient car with the least cost. Also, building the shell from scratch was more self-rewarding than just ordering it from abroad.”
The students said that building a shell out of recycled and reinforced paper was the most challenging aspect of the competition because it was the first time that it was being attempted in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia.
"We had to build the body five times before perfecting the glue and making it strong. Also, not knowing if it will work at the end because it was the first time it was being attempted was extremely challenging for us,” added the team
A total of 15 teams are competing regionally out of which seven are from the UAE and the AUS is the only university taking part from Sharjah.
"Providing university students in the UAE with an opportunity to apply their engineering skills to conceptualise and produce energy-efficient cars encourages understanding about the future of innovation and smarter mobility. This unique experience empowers them to become active contributors in creating a sustainable platform for growth for future generations,” said Xavier Hery, General Manager Aviation - Middle East and South Africa, Shell Markets (Middle East) Limited.
Associate Dean and Director of the College of Engineering Graduate Programme at AUS Professor Hani Al Kadi added: "Our students will benefit from competing in an international competition like this one. Just telling future employers that they participated in an international competition sets them apart from other applicants.” – Gulf News