Dubai will play host to 2016 Idea International District Cooling Conference for the second time in two years.
Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, made the announcement at the conclusion of the 107th International District Energy Association (Idea) Annual Conference and Trade Show, which concluded recently in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US.
The fact that Dubai and the UAE are playing host to this international conference reflects the global standing of the Emirate in the district cooling industry and its leading role in disseminating this technology among other developing countries in the world not to mention its contribution in strengthening sustainability and conserving energy consumption for better natural resources for generations to come.
The Idea conference will attract participations of world-class experts and professionals in the district cooling industry. It will also serve as a platform to exchange expertise and experiences. The sessions of the three-day event will focus on developing best ways of district cooling technologies and solutions in Mena and other developing countries via the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) where Empower is playing an instrumental role in its implementation of District Energy in Cities initiative.
Bin Shafar said: "Our achievements are clearly recognised by hosting this global conference in Dubai as choosing the Emirate as a venue for holding a specialised conference of this scale is a clear evidence of the international vote of confidence on the advancement of the district cooling industry in the emirate. Empower is proud to enjoy the status of the largest district cooling provider in the world. Dubai is building a sustainable future for its nationals and expatriates and it is developing a fertile environment for conducting businesses that depend on energy efficiency practices. The conference will pay off in the long run where international delegations from different sectors will take part in it."
"Dubai is a global city with advanced infrastructure and world-class energy efficiency solutions. It also enjoys a strategic location making it an ideal meeting point to develop the district cooling industry. This conference supports Dubai Plan 2021 that aims to build a smart and sustainable city that enjoys distinctive prosperity and high quality of life. The conference will give us an ideal opportunity to meet with our peers in the world for the better of the global industry," he said
"Hosting this conference in the UAE reflects the confidence in Dubai’s role and resources and its global competiveness. It also demonstrates the advancement of the local energy sector that always strives to adopt latest practices as far as creativity, innovation and organisational frameworks are concerned. Selecting Dubai to host the conference also shows the achievements made by the Emirate on the environment and energy efficiency fronts few years back," he concluded.
Empower currently operates more than 1.1 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.