February 20th, 2014
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, the world’s largest district cooling company, has held talks in the US with the International District Energy Association (IDEA) to bring its annual District Cooling Conference to Dubai.
Bin Shafar discussed plans to host the conference, last held in Dubai in 2010, with Robert P. Thornton, President and CEO of IDEA on the sidelines of its 27th Annual Campus Energy Conference in Atlanta, USA.
Held between 18-21 February at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, this year’s Campus Energy Conference is focusing on ‘Clean, Efficient and Resilient Energy’. The conference also covers providing efficient, sustainable and reliable energy services to specifically support operations in schools, universities, hospitals and military bases while simultaneously reducing emissions and the pressure on national grids.
“The Middle East has rapidly developed into a major hub for district cooling globally. Dubai and the UAE in particular have shown strong signs of recovery in the years following the economic crisis, thanks to the constant support of the government and long-term visionary planning. This region lacks sources of fresh water and this, coupled with the expected rise in the population within the GCC, means we must ensure that we develop sustainable, energy-efficient ways to cool down our homes, colleges and offices,” said Bin Shafar.
“With this in mind, we plan to bring the IDEA conference back to Dubai which is at the cutting edge of innovative technologies within this evolving industry and will allow Empower to coordinate effectively with our global counterparts,” Bin Shafar added.
Following its recent acquisition of Palm Utilities and Palm District Cooling, Empower holds 70 per cent of Dubai’s district cooling industry and an opportunity to test-run efficient campus energy management in the wide range of education, healthcare and military facilities across Dubai.
Empower is now the world’s largest district cooling provider in terms of capacity, with one million refrigeration tonnes.