BGreen Magazine » News The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:21:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DEWA hosts delegation from Singapore National Water Agency Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:21:31 +0000 Lorraine HE Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received a delegation from PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency. The delegation included Maurice Neo, Director of the Industry Development Department; Tan Kok Tian, Deputy Director; and Ong Chee Siong, Senior Manager.

Al Tayer discussed with the delegation ways to promote mutual cooperation in the water sector to support the development projects that DEWA is implementing to further strengthen Dubai’s electricity and water infrastructure. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of DEWA’s Warsan Complex. The Singaporean delegation commended DEWA’s success in scaling up its Dubai infrastructure according to the highest standards of environmental sustainability.

“DEWA has increased its production capacity to 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, to meet Dubai’s current and future water demand, and complementing the Emirate’s urban expansion and socio-economic growth,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA has achieved very competitive results surpassing the private sector, and even leading European and American companies in efficiency and reliability. This is demonstrated by reducing losses of water Network to 10.8% as against 15% in North America, setting another international benchmark, and highlighting our commitment to meet the growth in demand for water and promoting sustainability,” added Al Tayer.

The Singaporean delegation provided an overview of the expansion projects PUB is currently undertaking to meet the growing demand for water. The two sides emphasised the importance of exchanging knowledge and expertise to help rationalise the consumption of water resources

and to promote its sustainability for future generations. The PUB delegation also invited the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), to participate in The Singapore International Water Week 2014, which will be organised from 1 to 5 June 2014.


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Burj Al Arab recognised for seven-star sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:40:26 +0000 Lorraine The luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been awarded international Green Globe Certification (GGC) following a comprehensive sustainability audit conducted by Dubai-based consultancy Farnek, GGC’s preferred partner in the Middle East.

Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab consists of 202 duplex suites with personal butler service, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce and helicopter airport transfers. The hotel can now add the Green Globe certification to its long list of accolades, proving that luxury can be green.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition that reinforces our commitment to sustainable practices”, said Heinrich Morio, General Manager at Burj Al Arab. “The certificate is a testament to Burj Al Arab’s dedication to ensuring that green policies are at the heart of our business and that they are an essential part of our long-term business strategy”.

Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek added: “For over a decade the stunning sail-shaped hotel has been an iconic symbol of modern Dubai and its flourishing hospitality industry. Now, with the Green Globe award, the Burj Al Arab has been recognised for its seven-star sustainability”.

Burj Al Arab impressed throughout all areas of the operational audit. In particular, the hotel excelled in water usage reduction, grey water recycling, as well as in managing its energy output by regulating room temperature in the suites and carbon footprint.

The hotel’s environmental efforts were also praised.  Its Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project – launched in 2004 in close collaboration between the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, Jumeirah Group, Central Veterinary Research Laboratory and a team of specialised veterinarians – has helped to return hundreds of sea turtles back into the wild, with many fitted with satellite tags to allow marine biologists further insight into their migratory patterns.

Others areas that came under the scrutiny of the Green Globe audit included health and safety, human resource development, training, procurement and waste management.

Apart from the sea turtle rehabilitation centre, the hotel management team encourages colleague participation in other local community initiatives such as breast cancer awareness, beach clean-ups and mobile phone collections.


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DEWA commences AED 14 million SCADA project Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Lorraine Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced work on a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the main water network in Dubai.

The project is part of DEWA’s strategic plan to enhance the efficiency of water networks to meet the growing demand for water supply at the highest levels of availability and reliability. It also aims to enhance Dubai’s infrastructure to meet the requirements of sustainable development, and promote the Emirate as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy.

“The key objective of implementing the SCADA system is to increase operational efficiency by monitoring the main water network round the clock and control the entire network through automatic valves or through direct orders from operators from the Monitoring Room. This contributes to identifying leakages in the shortest possible time and reducing unaccounted-for water losses in the main transmission network. The project will enhance the efficiency of the water transmission network, increase reliability and secure uninterrupted and stable water supplies to different areas of Dubai at all times,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“The project comprises state-of-the-art technologies and programmes as well as a hydraulic model of the main water network in Dubai. The project also comprises a programme to train technicians in managing the system at the highest level of efficiency. At an estimated total cost of AED 14 million, the project aims to increase operational efficiency of the main water network to meet the increasing growth and demand for water and reduce water losses all over Dubai,” added Al Tayer.

“The project will be accomplished in accordance with the set schedule, and is expected to be finished within seven months,” concluded Al Tayer.

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RAK’s first independent solar power project Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:17:48 +0000 Lorraine Utico has called for pre-qualifications for a 40MW solar power development project in Ras Al Khaimah. The project, the first of its kind in the UAE, will go a long way to bring sustainability and provide affordable power to consumers in the region.

Utico also closed successfully a well-participated pre-qualification process for a 100,000m3/day desalination plant. Over 20 companies are participating in this tender process. The project is the first-ever private independent water project in the world with a take or pay model.

Utico’s model of utilities development is supported by the RAK Emirate and its progressive ideas of sustainability – an important reason that has helped Utico introduce these innovative projects. The solar independent power project (IPP) will provide power to the desalination plant as well as provide power to the Utico grid. Negotiations are also underway to connect to the federal grid, which will help Utico to increase the solar power capacity to 120MW over the coming years.

Richard Menezes, Executive Vice-Chairman of Utico, said: “What the region’s utilities sector requires are proper regulation, government support, the freedom to serve a consumer within a set quality of service, and consumer satisfaction not financial support. Meeting these requirements will help promote innovation along with better service and quick growth. That is the bottom line of utility development.”

The company is aggressively seeking to build utility power projects overseas with its unique business model where it focuses on reducing subsidies for governments as well as building a greener world. Utico has been using government tariffs as a guideline and helping large users to have a better pricing structure, he added.

“Today, Ras Al Khaimah has the most economical utility tariff structure in the UAE that is progressive, real and is pro-industry,” Menezes added. “This model is being proposed to several regions such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, and countries, including India, Namibia, Lebanon, Cyprus and Oman, to name a few.  We hope that this model of development will help the UAE to reduce subsidies and utilise these savings and put them to better use for social and economic development.”

Utico has already announced several environmentally friendly projects, including the 270MW clean coal power project, 40MW solar project, 100,000m3/day largest solar-powered desalination plant projects and several other innovative utility development models which are sustainable.

Recently, Utico received the award for the most Environment-Friendly Company” given by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.


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DEWA receives Ethiopian Prime Minister at WFES 2014 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:30:54 +0000 Lorraine A high-profile delegation from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) stand at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and organised in Abu Dhabi from 20-22 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, received the delegation which was headed by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The delegation was accompanied by HE Dr Abdullah bin Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.

The Ethiopian delegation viewed a model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one the largest renewable energy projects in the region and will generate 1,000MW upon completion in 2030, totalling 5% of Dubai’s total power output.

Waleed Salman provided the delegation with an overview of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to diversify the energy mix to comprise a mix of natural gas (71%), nuclear power (12%), clean coal (12%), and solar energy (5%), and reducing demand for energy by 30% by 2030.

DEWA also participated in the Sustainable Living Expo being held on the side-lines of WFES. Sultan Al Zaabi, Project Manager of Conservation, Outreach and Engagement at DEWA delivered a presentation on DEWA’s sustainable campaigns and initiatives aimed at achieving its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and supporting the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Zaabi emphasised the significance of designing special campaigns to communicate the conservation and awareness messages to the various community segments effectively. He highlighted the Neighbourhood Campaign, which aims to spread environmental awareness using innovative and creative means. The campaign recorded an overwhelming participation from the community members.

Al Zaabi demonstrated the initiatives and campaigns which were designed for particular community segments such as the ‘Conservation Award’ themed ‘For a Better Tomorrow’ for the educational sector, ‘Best Consumer Award’ and ‘Be Water Smart’ campaign.


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Dubai Carbon announces next edition of State of Energy Report at WFES 2014 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:30:08 +0000 Lorraine The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) have announced the sponsorship call for the next edition of the State of Energy Report at the World Future Energy Summit 2014.

The first edition of the publication was unveiled on the occasion of World Energy Day on 22nd October 2013, which was endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and adopted by 54 other countries around the world in addition to representatives from the United Nations, the Arab League and the African Union, when the Dubai Declaration of Energy for All codified on 22 October, 2012 that this same date shall be observed annually as World Energy Day.

The State of the Energy report supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the UAE Vision 2021. The report aims to build a collaborative platform to enable a knowledge economy to spur growth of both green and sustainable development.

“The State of Energy Report supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and reflects the efforts exerted by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy for Dubai’s energy sector to achieve sustainable development. The report is an action plan and a guidebook comprising all the relevant details for the energy sector and developments with a special focus on green initiatives pursuant to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

“The State of Energy Report is a knowledge product, which was developed to capture the replicable and scalable success stories of Dubai, which can provide a function of environmental and social development across the Arab States. By encouraging green investment and green growth, the UAE is becoming a leading green and sustainable economy in the region and the world”, added Ivano Iannelli, CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence.

On January 20th, the report goes to a country level and into the next round with the State of Energy Report 2015 to be released later in the year. The publication opens for sponsors and advertising on a first come first serve basis. More information is available with the editor in chief, Michaela Neukirch on


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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:30:05 +0000 Lorraine The first LEED Platinum certified office building in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated yesterday (Jan 22).

Electrical engineering giant Siemens’ new Middle East headquarters, which will accommodate 800 employees, is at Masdar City adjacent to the Masdar Institute.

Architect David Ardill, of Sheppard Robson, won a competition 30 month before to design the building, which uses 50 per cent less energy than a similar sized conventional building. The distinctive façade is dominated by aluminium shades over the windows, each individually designed to provide 100% shading to 95% of glazed surfaces.

Ardill explained how the original design brief has been met to redue energy demand by 65% and water by 50%.

Inside Herald Waiti, Siemens ME head of SRE, explained how there are ‘practically no internatl light switches’ and that everything is controlled through movement sensors. “Desk lamps are light sensitive and dim according to the amount of external light coming through the windows,” he explained.

Waiti even joked how at night time someone could run through an empty office and be followed in a trail of light. ‘I have tried it,’ he joked with assembled journalists.

The opening ceremony was attended by board membrs from Siemans AG – including Michael Suess and Roland Busch – Dr Al Jaber and shareholders of Siemens in the UAE and dignitaries from Abu Dhabi.

In a statement Siemans said: “The company’s strategic partnership with Masdar extends far beyond the opening of a new office and is in line with Abu Dhabi’s National Vision 2030.”

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Delta Faucet Company receives Estidama recognition Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:30:54 +0000 Lorraine Delta Faucet Company, manufacturers of residential and commercial products, has successful registered with Estidama, the sustainable building and construction standard authority in Abu Dhabi, to help boost sustainable design in the UAE.

Delta® brand products will now be featured on the Estidama Villa Product Database (EVPD) which is compliant with the Pearl Villa Rating System (PVRS) requirements. The database, created to help villa owners, consultants, contractors, assessors and other relevant stakeholders, will allow them to choose from products that encourage water use efficiency.  The Delta® brand has placed a high priority on products that address today’s environment concerns such as accessibility to water, water conservation and water quality.

Ross Jackson, General Manager Delta Faucet Company, said: “There has been a genuine drive in the region to encourage sustainability in all areas of development.  The determination comes from the eminent water crisis that looms over the region due to population growth and the depletion of our groundwater reserves. For this very reason, project developers and contractors are taking more and more strides to ensure that they are using the right water fixtures that are both modern and help them meet their conservation needs. Now that we have been recognised by Estidama, information about our innovative product range will be available to everyone so they do not have to compromise on experience whilst conserving water.”

The EVPD will be accessible by all who are involved in villa projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including but not limited to villa owners, consultants, contractors, assessors, municipality inspectors, etc.


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FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy to develop PV projects in KSA Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:52:13 +0000 Lorraine Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) announce that they have formed a joint venture to develop photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Both companies will jointly develop and invest in solar plants.

Through this venture, FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy will together undertake the tender of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) programme, which includes the construction of 41 GW of solar power by 2032, of which 16 GW is photovoltaic.

Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, a wholly-owned division of KSA-based Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd, brings its knowledge of the local market and financial capability. FRV, with presence in Dubai, and with more than 2 GW developed worldwide, brings its extensive experience in engineering, development and construction of solar installations, and a proven track record in adding value in the financing and management of the assets.

KA-CARE is His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s ambitious programme to develop alternative energies and to position the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as one of the most important renewable energy markets in the world. It includes PV and concentrated solar power energy, wind, geothermal, waste conversion as well as nuclear energy to diversify its energy sources in the future. These projects represent an estimated investment of over $60 billion.

Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO of Abdul Latif Energy commented: “The joint venture of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy with a world class developer of solar power plants such as FRV creates a highly competitive and experienced new player in the solar energy space. We aim to bring best cost, flawless execution and optimal energy pricing to the Saudi Arabian market supported by FRV’s significant track record and experience. Our partnership will bring additional value to the Kingdom by developing training programmes and creating local job opportunities for Saudi nationals. In addition to the KA-CARE programme, we are also evaluating other potential solar energy generation opportunities with FRV. We believe that this joint venture with FRV is a key element of our overall energy generation ambitions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region, which will include other countries and technologies.”

According to Tristan Higuero, FRV´s Managing Director for the MENA region, “This joint venture with a partner as prestigious as Abdul Latif Jameel, with extensive experience and knowledge of the region, allows us to undertake the project with guaranteed success and to consolidate FRV’s long-term presence in this strategic market. Due to its geographical position, high level of solar radiation and the government’s commitment to diversify the national energy production and to promote the creation of a local solar industry, Saudi Arabia is a strategic market for us.”


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EMGAS and ENOC Lubricants promote green fuel products Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:56 +0000 Lorraine Emirates Gas (EMGAS) and ENOC Lubricants, the subsidiaries of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) have launched a joint promotion to further promote the use of green and clean fuel products.

As part of the one-month long joint campaign at all major forklift showrooms in UAE, customers who buy one Pro-Power cylinder from EMGAS will get 1-litre ENOC Protec, a lubricant being newly launched in the UAE, for free. The campaign brings significant advantage to forklift customers as Pro-Power is an innovative fuelling system that assures improved performance, prolonged engine life, and reduced maintenance and lifecycle costs.

Hesham Ali Mustafa, Senior Director – ENOC Gas Marketing, Head of International Business Development and General Manager of Emirates Gas LLC, said: “EMGAS is at the forefront in promoting sustainable transportation initiatives in the UAE and Propane is a clean and green fuel of choice for automotive applications like Fork Lifts. The new promotion with ENOC Lubricants brings to customers, particularly our industrial users, the benefit of incorporating sustainable fuel products, thus saving costs, improving product life and contributing to a greener environment. Pro-Power, a flagship product of EMGAS, with Propane is more economical and convenient compared to other fuels, and has been developed after focused research to create sustainable fuel products for the region.”

EPPCO Lubricants general manager Rashid Al-Ameeri added: “The new promotion is a strong value addition for forklift customers. The tailor-made formulation of ENOC Protec is specially developed for engines of machineries, light commercial vehicles and passenger cars running on gas as a sustainable alternative to other fuel products. It will significantly enhance gas engine efficiency while also contributing to lesser maintenance costs and lower emissions. The introduction of such novel products highlights our commitment to continuously innovate products that are aligned with the sustainable development goals of our customers.”

Pro-Power from EMGAS is ideal for all industrial sites using forklift trucks, and produces significantly lower emissions than comparable fuels, while also removing the possibility of harmful fuel spillage. It has high lifting capacity, efficient power dynamics, and has inbuilt safety relief valves and rust-inhibiting cylinders.


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