September 22nd, 2014
Empower, the U.A.E.'s district cooling services provider, has urged regional real estate developers to incorporate green building principles, as governments look into implementing sustainable initiatives as mandatory law.
"Applying sustainable principles is one of the single greatest opportunities we have in protecting our natural environment," said Ahmad bin Shafar, Empower’s Chief Executive Officer, ahead of Cityscape Global Expo, adding, "As the world proceeds in the collective journey in fighting climate change, national agendas of global governments are increasingly integrating sustainable principles as formal legislation. Soon, sustainability will be the norm rather than the exception so businesses must act on integrating green principles into every aspect of their operations now."
Emphasising Empower’s role in the U.A.E. in implement green principles, he said, "Empower has adopted a unique cooling system that use less energy and less fuel. Because these integrated systems are energy-efficient, they also result in in huge savings of carbon dioxide emissions-- a crucial aspect in mitigating the effects of climate change."
Empower currently operates projects across Dubai with an estimated one million Refrigeration Tonne capacity. In August 2014, the company commissioned the region’s first district cooling plant built as per green building principles in Dubai’s Business Bay neighbourhood.