Empower participates at the annual Conference of Parties (COP-21) in Paris HE Ahmad Bin Shafar calls for global action on District Cooling at Paris climate talks

December 7th, 2015

A senior delegation from Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, headed to Paris to participate in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of Parties(COP21) being held until December 11.

HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower participated in  a session titled ‘Sustainable Energy Solution in the Built Environment – a Dialogue’, on the 3rd of December where he highlighted ‘Recommendations to cities on choosing the right technology’, during a panel discussion themed ‘City-business Dialogue on Scaling Up’.  The Empower delegation attended several other conferences that will was held alongside COP21, most importantly the World Climate Summit and networking sessions with high-level climate stakeholders. 

“Our main objective in participating at COP21 was to review the implementation of sustainable cooling systems around the world, and share our experience in District Cooling,” says Bin Shafar. “Looking at COP20 held in Lima, we noticed serious steps being initiated toward climate change, which has encouraged us to be part of the event this year,” said Bin Shafar.

In 2014, COP20 attracted over 15,000 official delegates, and the talks concluded with the ‘Lima Call For Climate Action’, a draft document that lays the foundations for a new global climate deal. An open letter signed by international business organisations called for G20 and EU finance ministers to ensure an agreement is reached at COP21 negotiations in Paris.

“This is the right time for District Cooling to be recognised for its positive impact on the climate. We call on COP21 participants to benefit from our experience in Dubai, and understand the tangible benefits for the economy and environment,” said Bin Shafar.

Earlier this year, Empower was selected by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the world’s foremost body on environmental protection and stewardship, as a partner of its 'District Energy in Cities initiative'.

“We have invested in highly efficient cooling technologies and continue to drive innovation to reduce the carbon footprint of our facilities and customers. We are delighted to collaborate with the COP21 participants to help them strengthen the foundations of District Cooling in their cities,” added Bin Shafar.

Earlier in 2014, Empower attended a session on combating climate change at the UN Climate Summit, hosted by the United Nations at its headquarters in New York. The objective of the session was to bring together stakeholders to discuss how energy efficiency can help to reach goals to avert climate change, as well as contribute to economic development, growth and productivity.

“We support these events as they help to educate decision-makers across the world on the best practices of district cooling, drawing from Empower’s extensive experience in building the world’s largest district cooling systems in Dubai,” concluded Bin Shafar.

Empower currently operates more than 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.

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