April 3rd, 2014
Empower, the world’s largest district cooling service provider, and its subsidiaries made personal and business pledges to turn off all non- essential lights during Earth Hour on March 29.
“Sustainability is a key strategy under the governance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. As a company in the UAE, Empower’s operations fall under this vision,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, Empower’s Chief Executive Officer. “Moreover, as a district cooling service provider, our focus is on conserving scarce resources and saving the environment. Our participation in Earth Hour is a natural extension of what we do on a day- to- day basis.”
Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March. Since its inception in 2007, millions of households and businesses have turned off their non-essential lights for one hour every year, to raise awareness about the need to take action against climate change.
As part of the Earth Hour, employees at Empower and its subsidiaries Palm District Cooling, Palm Utilities and ELIPS signed a pledge stating that each individual will switch off the lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm on March 29.
“The Earth Hour observance in Dubai demonstrates our community’s commitment to protect the environment,” said Bin Shafar, during the Earth Hour celebrations held in Business Bay, hosted by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Electricity Water Authority. “Optimising the use of electricity is not only a social responsibility of corporations and businesses, but also a personal duty for each and every individual.”
A joint venture between DEWA and TECOM, Empower’s district cooling systems achieve up to 60% in energy savings for each residential unit. Following the acquisition of Palm Utilities and Palm District Cooling in January of this year, the company now holds 70% of the UAE’s district cooling portfolio.