BGreen Magazine » Green business The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:58:17 +0000 Lorraine Heads of State and Ministers from over 150 countries as well as representatives from 120 international organisations gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the opening of the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority, takes place today and tomorrow. Kicking-off Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, the event features IRENA’s flagship projects, its current and future work programmes, and several public and media events.

“IRENA’s focus is accelerating the deployment of renewables worldwide, and our Assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA’s role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent.”

“IRENA is a global campaigner for the advancement of renewable energy, and a convener that creates a platform for international collaboration,” said H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy and President of the Assembly. “It is through important international platforms like this that we will secure our clean energy future.”

Highlights during the Assembly include the launch of “REmap 2030”, the much anticipated roadmap for doubling the global renewable energy share by 2030; and the announcement of the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 43 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption: The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly,  H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries.

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Cable giant tells WFES how it was an early energy saver Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:41:35 +0000 Lorraine Ducab, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products in the Middle East, is a key participant at World Future Energy Summit, being held in Abu Dhabi between January 20 and 22.

WFES is the foremost gathering of organisations and professionals in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean technologies sector and Ducab is showcasing its market-leading range of cables and products, especially low and medium voltage power cables that ensure minimal wastage during power transmission.

Ducab was the first cable company to have its Environmental Management System certified by BASEC to ISO 14001 in 1997. In 2002, the company was also recognised with the GCC Award for Environmental Excellence, and since then, has made great strides in three environmental focus areas: rationalisation and reduction of waste; reduction of carbon footprint; and the policy of industrialisation, particularly around the purchase of equipment and raw materials.

Speaking about Ducab’s participation at WFES, Hassan Omar, GM Technical and Quality, Ducab (pictured above right), said: “Ducab has been a great example to the region about how a manufacturing company can achieve significant success in its field while at the same time monitoring and limiting its environmental impact. We have invested quite early in energy efficiency in our manufacturing process, and our cables too are designed to ensure minimal energy wastage and loss during transmission.”

With the nation heading resolutely towards leadership in developing sustainable energy sources, Ducab has cemented its relevance and suitability by working alongside two of the largest solar power-generation projects – Shams 1 by Masdar, Abu Dhabi, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park together with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

At WFES, Ducab’s stand will feature a cross-section of cables and cabling accessories, with pride of place going to the company’s range of lighting and low and medium voltage power cables, which have been qualified to international standards. The company has met – and in many cases, exceeded – all test requirements to date, and are ideally suited to meet both customer and regulatory expectations and requirements.

Ducab is equally owned by the governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Ducab’s presence at WFES is alongside Senaat of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding company and the representative of Abu Dhabi’s ownership stake in Ducab.

Ducab is a leading provider of copper cabling products and is the first choice for many prestigious contractors due to its record of quality and customer service. Ducab has supplied cables and wires to a number of landmark projects, including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Emirates Palace, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and Yas Marina Circuit. Ducab achieved record sales of AED 4.9 billion for 2011, a 39% increase over the previous year.

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DEWA shows its energy saving credentials at WFES Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:34:28 +0000 Lorraine Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is a Platinum Sponsor in the seventh World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, which opened today in Abu Dhabi.

The summit is 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 runs from January 20 to 22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The theme for WFES 2014 is, ‘Powering the future of energy innovation and investment.’

DEWA’s stand at WFES witnessed a strong turnout from visitors and exhibitors who expressed their admiration of DEWA’s achievements in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy. Official delegates and decision-makers discussed ways of collaboration with DEWA to execute future projects in the areas of energy, water, environment, sustainability, and renewable energy to further boost the clean energy sector in the UAE.

“In line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA is committed to achieving the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, and support the UAE Vision 2021. DEWA is keen to participate in national and international events to exchange expertise, experiences and best practices with relevant organisations. Through our participation at WFES, we aim to evaluate and focus on the latest advanced technological solutions that can help to improve our performance in administration, operations, and services. This will further strengthen our strategic initiatives to promote the sustainable development of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

At its stand, DEWA showcased 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.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened the first phase of the solar park, which uses photovoltaic technology to produce 13MW, and is linked directly to DEWA’s grid, which covers all areas of Dubai. His Highness has initiated the second phase, a 100MW photovoltaic plant.

This is a leading sustainable project, and a centre for the production of energy from solar power, and a comprehensive innovation and research centre that supports the promotion of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. The project will also include a renewable energy academy to advance the skills of future professionals.

DEWA also highlighted its M Station for electricity generation and water desalination in Jebel Ali, which is equipped with the latest electronic devices and superior systems at a total cost of AED 10 billion. M Station has a capacity of 2,060MW of electricity, and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

M Station is now being expanded with new substations that have a capacity of 400MW, increasing the installed capacity of the station to 2,460MW, upon completion in 2018.

DEWA officials delivered presentations on DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, which is the first public sector sustainable building in the UAE, and the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council institute, which has a set of rating criteria for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods in the world. The DEWA Sustainable Building achieved 98 out of 110 points.

The Sustainable Building reduces consumption of energy by 66% and water by 48%, and houses a 660kW onsite solar power plant.

A dedicated team has been appointed by DEWA supervise its stand and provide information about DEWA, and address general and technical questions about its projects.

Hosted by Masdar, WFES is a key event under the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and is regarded as the region’s largest gathering of its kind to focus on sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify and promote sustainable solutions to address the energy sector’s challenges, climate change, and environmental pollution across the globe.

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WFES promises window on the future of sustainable living Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:50:30 +0000 Lorraine At the 7th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar, 30,000 attendees from 172 countries will have the chance to see first-hand the latest products and solutions in sustainable living.

The Sustainable Living Expo (SLE) will showcase an actual-size home and a prototype hotel suite demonstrating how energy- and water-efficient technologies, processes and materials can work together to both manage the human impact on our environment and to reduce the cost of consumed resources.

The SLE is a new exhibition feature at WFES 2014, which will also host in-depth technical presentations by international experts in urban sustainability at a purpose-built theatre.

Organised in partnership with Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, the SLE ‘Eco-home’ will display organic paint, insulating windows, and low-flow water fixtures, among other advanced products and services that reduce waste, use natural resources more responsibly and save money.

The Eco-home exhibit will appear alongside a model hotel suite also adopting the latest sustainable technologies, sponsored by Rotana Hotels and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

Innovation in the way we build and operate our homes and offices is essential if we are to mitigate the dramatic environmental impact of the urban landscape.

According to the International Energy Agency, buildings consume more than 40% of total energy and generate a quarter of all carbon emissions. And the problem will only get worse: 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2020.

Urban sustainability will also be top of the agenda at this year’s WFES conference, with the session ‘Energy Efficiency-The Built Environment’ sharing new thinking and practical experience on the topic on January 22, day three of WFES this year.

Internationally renowned speakers will include Mark Hopkins, Director of International Energy Efficiency at the UN Foundation; and Bruce Schlein, Citigroup’s Director of Corporate Sustainability.

As the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the World Future Energy Summit will once again play a vital role in gathering the most prominent people and organisations to address our shared energy and water challenges now and in the future.

And as visitors to the Sustainable Living Expo will testify, many of the solutions begin at home.

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Dubai Carbon Centre signs energy efficiency MOU Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:11:44 +0000 Lorraine Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence (DCCE), a leading carbon advisory, and Opower, the global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that commits the parties to work together on energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategies for Dubai.

Dubai Carbon works under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the legislator for the energy sector in Dubai, as a Private Joined Stock Company owned by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER), Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

In Dubai, there are large opportunities for energy efficiency policies across all sectors. The residential buildings are a significant portion of the built infrastructure, and are the largest consumers of energy. According to the government, 60% of energy consumption in the country comes from commercial and residential buildings and energy consumption is expected to rise; by 2019, there will be a 71% increase in primary energy demand, and the total energy spend will be over $926 million.

HE Saeed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (pictured right) said: “Dubai has taken large steps towards building a green economy. Energy demand reduction is of foremost importance to the government of Dubai and international collaborations with the likes of Opower bring innovation.”

“Dubai Carbon is committed to working with partners to find ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in the region,” Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Carbon added. “We are excited to join with Opower, a leader in energy efficiency, to develop solutions for Dubai that will help empower people to reduce overall energy consumption. We know that by giving people access to better information, along with the tools they need to save energy, we can vastly reduce energy demand and improve the reliability of our electricity grid. This is in line with the initiative “Green Economy for Sustainable Development” by the UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

In particular, the parties established a long-term partnership to develop new projects in the field of carbon emissions reduction and energy efficiency that generate carbon credits under the carbon development mechanism, and will work together to implement software-as-a-service that supports energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the UAE.

Dubai Carbon and Opower will work together to:

  • Promote energy efficiency and demand side management in Dubai
  • Develop programs that support DEWA’s energy efficiency strategy
  • Determine the savings potential and cost effectiveness of various energy efficiency programs in the region

“As Opower continues to expand worldwide, we are excited to partner with utilities and organizations that care about helping consumers take control of their energy consumption, and save energy,” said Alex Laskey, President and Founder of Opower. “Dubai Carbon, DEWA and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, are already working together to promote energy efficiency in the region. We hope that our leadership in behavioral science and data analytics can help advance their work and bring new innovations to Dubai.”

The partnership with Dubai Carbon marks the latest in Opower’s global expansion. Currently, Opower works with utilities in eight countries, including the US, UK, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy was formed in August 2009 under Law 19 of 2009, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum was appointed Chairman of the Council and His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, as Vice Chairman and DEWA representative.

The Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence was launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2011 as a public-private partnership to fast-track clean energy project development in the last years of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Centre is the first body of its kind in the region and aims to leverage Dubai’s economic potential in carbon through the Clean Development Mechanism and other best practices. The DCCE is a key component of the Supreme Council’s efforts to develop a sustainable-energy economy for Dubai and plans to offset several million metric tons of carbon annually by selling carbon credits on the international market.

Dubai Carbon conceptualises, manages, executes and monetises greenhouse gas reduction measures. By doing so, it addresses climate change and promotes sustainable development across the region in an economically viable way. The Emirate of Dubai is becoming a low carbon economy and Dubai Carbon is both the enabler and knowledge repository of this process.

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BGreen Award winner signs new green gas deal Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:56:58 +0000 Lorraine Interface, named BGreen Award  Most Sustainable Large Company 2013 last month has revealed details of its latest move to cut greenhouse emissions.

Interface, which won for its work making carpet tiles from recycled fishing nets, has announced it will be  using 100% sustainable gas at its manufacturing plant in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands, from January 1.

The carpet tile manufacturer has signed a contract with sustainable energy supplier Eneco to supply gas produced using certified ‘green’ waste from the food industry, provided by fish processor A. van de Groep.

Interface is already using green energy across its European manufacturing sites and the decision to use sustainable gas forms part of the company’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal.  As a result of this contract, Interface will receive all of its gas via Eneco.

Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations at Interface Europe, said: “We are excited about our partnership with A. van de Groep and Eneco.  The transition to sustainable gas is the next logical step on our journey towards ‘Mission Zero’ – our goal to become a truly sustainable company and have zero impact on the environment by 2020.

“By using a combination of green energy and biogas, our European headquarters and our factory in Scherpenzeel will become almost CO2 neutral and waste, in this case from the food and fish industries, will be used in a way that benefits business.”

Barth de Klerk, Director at Eneco Business, said: “Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ goal fits seamlessly with our mission at Eneco, to provide everyone in the Netherlands with sustainably produced energy.

“By feeding the biogas that is being produced by A. van de Groep to our grid, we can supply Interface with sustainable gas.  It is wonderful that through this project all businesses involved can fulfill aspects of their corporate social responsibility.”

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New greenhouse gas 7,000 times worse than carbon dioxide Sun, 15 Dec 2013 06:23:51 +0000 Lorraine Canadian scientists have discovered a new greenhouse gas than warms the earth more than 7,000 times faster than carbon dioxide.

The  gas is called perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), which has been has beenused by the electrical industry for more than 60 years and major electrical producers are expected to be examining the fine detail of the report in an effort to understand its impact on their businesses.

Researchers at the University of Toronto say the man-made chemical “breaks all records for potential impacts on the climate” in a new report.

The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, describes how the compound’s long lifespan could affect global warming.

“PFTBA is extremely long-lived in the atmosphere and it has a very high radiative efficiency. The result of this is a very high global warming potential. Calculated over a 100-year timeframe, a single molecule of PFTBA has the equivalent climate impact as 7,100 molecules of CO2,”  said Angela Hong, one of the co-authors.

The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found PFTBA was 7,100 times more powerful at warming the Earth over a 100-year time span than CO2.

Concentrations of PFTBA in the atmosphere are low – 0.18 parts per trillion in the Toronto area – compared to 400 parts per million for carbon dioxide. So PFTBA does not in any way displace the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal as the main drivers of climate change.

“PFTBA is just one example of an industrial chemical that is produced, but there are no policies that control its production, use or emission,” Hong said. “It is not being regulated by any type of climate policy.

“From a climate change perspective, individually, PFTBA’s atmospheric concentration does not significantly alert the phenomenon of climate change,” Hong said. “Still the biggest culprit is CO2 from fossil fuel emissions.”

Toronot researchers estimated PFTBA remains in the atmosphere for about 500 years, and unlike carbon dioxide, that is taken up by forests and oceans, there are no known way for the earth to absorb it.

“It is so much less than carbon dioxide, but the important thing is on a per molecule basis, it is very, very effective in interacting with heat from the Earth,” she said. “Individually each molecule is able to affect the climate potentially and because its lifetime is so long it also has a long-lasting effect.”

Hong said the discovery of PFTBA and its warming potential raises questions about the climate impacts of other chemicals used in industrial processes.

PFTBA is used in electrical equipment, such as transistors and capacitors though researchers said it was unclear how widespread its use was today.

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EcoWaste 2014 is ‘ready for business’ says organiser Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:33:41 +0000 Lorraine Waste-to-energy is emerging as a viable and practical option as a renewable energy source, particularly in the Gulf region where it is estimated that GCC countries generate 120 million tons of solid waste per year, says the man behind EcoWaste 2014 next month in bu Dhabi.

Several companies from the United Arab Emirates, including Averda Waste Management, Green Mountains and Emirates Environmental Solutions (Mualaja) Holding, have already booked a space to showcase their latest and most innovative technologies. They will be joined by international organizations from Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, such as the ALBA Group, Eldan Recycling, MariMatic Oy and MTB.

In addition, a series of seminars presented by many EcoWASTE exhibitors and partners will serve as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and business opportunities. Systems for waste collection and sorting, waste treatment infrastructure and innovative solutions for waste management are only some of the topics up for discussion. Seminars are open to all 2,000+ expected visitors during the exhibition open days.

Last, but certainly not least, EcoWASTE has many activities planned to engage our youth. We have set aside a whole area dedicated entirely for students, where they will be able to display all sorts of recycled-related work. On top of that, the Centre of Waste Management will announce the winners of a recently launched competition to encourage waste reduction among school children in Abu Dhabi during EcoWASTE.

“Recent research shows that Abu Dhabi alone produces over six million tons of waste in total, a figure that is expected to rise to 30 million tons on current growth estimates,” said Naji El Haddad, show director (pictured right).

“This waste can then be converted into useable energy to support the solar and wind industries and become a vital part of the regional energy mix.

“As part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, I am pleased to announce that EcoWASTE, a new exhibition dedicated to the waste management and recycling sector, will be co-located with the 7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the 2nd International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi from  January 20 to 22.”

Hosted by Masdar and held in partnership with the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (CWM), EcoWASTE aims to support the region’s urgent waste disposal challenges and needs in the quest for sustainable development, says Haddad.

“EcoWASTE will cover the entire solid waste management services sector, bringing together waste management experts from the public and private sectors to exchange know-how and do business under one roof.”

Through its targeted exhibition and workshops, the event will provide a range of exciting new business opportunities in waste-to-energy, with the chance to network, exchange best practices, unveil new projects and source cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

EcoWASTE offers a unique platform for investment and partnerships in waste management and recycling, and we are confident that this new exhibition will showcase the technologies currently available to make waste-to-energy conversion a reality within the region.

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Dubailand’s Sustainable City project out for tender ‘in February 2014′ Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:54:04 +0000 Lorraine Diamond Developers will issue a $82 million contract for construction within their $299 million Sustainable City project in Dubailand, UAE, according to a report on our sister website Big Project.

“We will be issuing a tender for the construction of a school, a university and a planetarium by February next year,” said Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers .The company will also construct 500 villas in the development.Set for completion in 2015, Dubai Sustainable City is expected to feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 square foot-long water canal with a tourist minaret. At least 20% of the construction area is planned to be built with eco-friendly materials. The project will also feature 600,000sqft. of solar farms, which will provide for 50% of the cooling energy in the development.Saeed also added that all sewage water will be recycled, and homeowners will not be charged for services, community fees and maintenance fees for their villas. The community centre and retail wing are expected to generate enough income to cover expenses.

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