BGreen Magazine » Green IT 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 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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DEWA signs new contracts to lay low voltage cables in record time Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:30:10 +0000 Lorraine HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), signed contracts with Power Magic Electrical Works LLC and Gulf Sands Contracting LLC last week to complete low voltage cable-laying works within one week of receiving requests made by DEWA’s relevant departments.

The contracts accord with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure the highest standards of excellence. Through such agreements, DEWA aims to strengthen the electricity infrastructure of Dubai.

“We had implemented enhancement programmes and projects to position ourselves in first place in the Doing Business report by the World Bank. We are committed to further enhancing our ranking globally and achieve first place. To achieve this, we were ranked in fourth place globally out of 186 countries and first in the Middle East and North Africa. We are investing in further strengthening our infrastructure, which also reflects our goal to be a sustainable world-class utility. We will submit reports of the new enhancements to the World Bank for their consideration in the new ranking,” said HE Tayer.

DEWA has implemented the ‘One Window’ system to strengthen ease of access to electricity and reduce the number of procedures for consultants and contractors. DEWA consistently conducts customer satisfaction surveys to further improve its services.

“The agreements will contribute to enhancing the efficiency of our services and maximise customer satisfaction. They will also enable us to complete field works and new connections easily and efficiently. This will help us to enhance our ranking globally and achieve first place,” said Rashid Humaidan, EVP of Power Distribution.


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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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Philips new ‘flat’ lightbulb set for sale in the USA Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:08:23 +0000 Lorraine The internet has been buzzing over the past couple of days over the launch of a new electrical product.

But it’s not a tablet, mobile phone or the latest computer game… it’s a lightbulb.

And it doesn’t even go on sale until next month but the unique shaped bulb is causing something of a commotion on tech sites around the world.

The new Philips LED bulb looks like a conventional bulb until you turn it through 90 degrees, when its flat but the tech sites are all big fans. said: “The fully dimmable bulb fits standard A19 sockets and glows soft white (2700K). Plus, the bulb’s flat design is quite unique—providing not only illumination but also requiring, according to a Philips press release, a far smaller heatsink than other LEDs.

“Now you have to note that they will not be cheap, in comparison to standard light bulbs so it may stop some from going out and replacing all their light bulbs at once, as it can get quite expensive. You might be looking at an upwards of 30-35$ per bulb!”

The online tech giant said: “The SlimStyle looks like a light bulb that’s hit the gym. It emits light at a brightness equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but it’s powered by an LED (light-emitting diode), meaning it consumes just 10.5 watts. It also has a rated lifetime of 22 years, so you can count the number of times you’d need to change the bulb in a human lifetime on one hand.”

And said: “Using just 10.5 watts to give off 800 lumens, the SlimStyle LED offers the usual upgrade in energy efficiency, but the true story is the shape of the thing. Unlike traditional bulbs, it’s flat, with a string of LEDs arranged into a horseshoe that arcs out from the base of the bulb. The new shape is designed to do a better job of dispersing heat than traditional LEDs, and eliminate the need for weighty aluminum heat sinks.”

The new bulb goes on sale in the USA on January 2 and while the tech sites love it, the consumer will be the judge but Philips deserves credit for running a top marketing campaign on the web so far – but the question remains: can something this shape still be called a ‘bulb’?



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Telecom operator reveals its official carbon emissions Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:44:12 +0000 Lorraine Emirates telecom giant du has revealed details of its first ever Green House Gas (GHG) in collaboration with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). The report is an effort by du to formalise and document its carbon footprint by an independent third party. This has allowed du, to measure its environmental impacts and drive their environmental strategy towards carbon abatement activities that supports the UAE’s “Green Economy Strategy”.

“We are committed to achieving a greener future for our company, community and country, in line with the vision of our leadership for a green economy,” said Abdulhadi Alalyak, Vice President – Asset Management and Corporate Administration, du. “Our current carbon abatement strategies already in place such as our solar panels and hybrid power systems have significantly contributed in the reduction efforts. Going ahead, we intend to make this an annual exercise. The report will act as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to inform, educate and encourage proactive actions and promote our sustainability efforts.

The evaluation and analysis of du’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions throughout 2012 was reported on the three parameters as defined by Green House Gas Protocol, with a total emission baseline for the year calculated as 248,553 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). This represents approximately 0.5% of Dubai’s emissions and 0.12% of the UAE’s total emissions.

The detailed analysis had reviewed the different activities and their emissions across du’s technology and commercial controlled assets located within the 7 emiratesAs per the report, Scope 2 emission such as electricity, used in du’s base transceiver station shelters and data centres represent the majority of du’s total emissions of 89%.  Scope 1 emissions, such as those from internal combustion from du’s fleet, diesel generators and emissions of refrigerants, contribute to 11% of the total emissions.

More details about du’s sustainability efforts can be found in the company’s 2012 Sustainable Development report:

du opened for business in 2006 offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. It also provides carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters and has 6.8 million customers. du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.


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du supports budding entrepreneurs Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:30:46 +0000 Lorraine To support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE, du has announced its position as a gold sponsor of TiE Entrepreneurs. Together with TiE, a prominent non-profit global community of successful Indian executives, du will nurture entrepreneurship and networking across the nation.

KS Parag (right), president of TiE Dubai, said: “du, an innovative telecommunication provider with a clear mandate of driving value to SMEs and enterprise businesses, shares the same vision as TiE Dubai in promoting entrepreneurship and bringing successful regional entrepreneurs in giving back to the UAE community.”

Hala Badri, executive vice president of Brand and Communications, du, said: “Since inception we have committed our efforts to supporting the UAE’s entrepreneurs. By partnering with TiE Dubai as a gold sponsor, we are able to extend our reach by supporting events that bring entrepreneurs together with members of the business community. Networking opportunities such as this are vital for developing sustainable business relations that foster growth.”

Through the collaboration, du’s executive management will be present at various TiE workshops and events as guest speakers.

du has provided support to the UAE’s entrepreneurial scene since the company was established in 2006. The company creates tailored telecommunications solutions for SMEs such as the Entrepreneurial Plan, as well as several initiatives like ‘The Entrepreneur’, a reality TV show aired in 2012.
Additionally, du supported events such as the Young Entrepreneur Competition for three consecutive years, and provides advice and opportunities to SMEs on procurement and contracting procedures.

To find out more about how du supports entrepreneurship in the UAE, visit

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Hotel backs UAE can collection campaign Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:16 +0000 Lorraine A Dubai hotel has boosted its green credentials by joining the emirate-wide can collection drive.

The Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai has been making great strides in checking its carbon footprint by incorporating best environmental practices. Recently the hotel joined the “Can Collection” Drive organised by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). The campaign was aimed at spreading awareness about proper waste management and recycling.

Mr Scott Butcher, General Manager, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai, said, “As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy ethical environmental practices are a key priority for us. We are committed to establishing and adhering to an environmental domain that provides solutions to issues at hand. Small, everyday actions can drastically cut down carbon and the Can Collection Drive was a great initiative in that direction . While enhancing the local surroundings it helped creating awareness in waste management and recycling. At the end it is all about responsible living.”

Since its inception, the “Can Collection” campaign has gained tremendous support from all sectors of society. As a result of this, the Emirates Environmental Group has successfully collected a total of 188,943 kg of aluminum cans till the end of August 2013, which has resulted in the mitigation of 2,836 metric ton of CO2 and saved 4,586 m3 of space in the landfill which is almost two Olympic sized swimming pools.

A spokesman for Park Regis said: “However, the UAE still has a long way to catch up when it comes to recycling. Every year, more than 500 million canned beverages are consumed in the country but only about five per cent of these are sent for recycling as compared to a world-wide average of 63 per cent. This year’s goal is to collect a total 25 tons of aluminum cans for recycling to divert recyclable waste from going to landfills across the UAE.”

Mr Butcher stressed, “It is vital to tackle issues affecting climate change at all levels. I am glad we participated in the programme that was aimed at improving the scenario.”

In March 2013, the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai was awarded international Green Globe Certification for demonstrating a firm commitment towards reducing the impact of its business on the environment.

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai is opposite Burjuman Shopping Centre adjacent to the Dubai Metro few minutes’ drive from the airport.


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DEWA welcomes delegation from ABB Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:00:37 +0000 Lorraine HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received a delegation from Swiss engineering firm ABB, which is part of a series of visits from major global companies. The delegation included Carlo Poñe, CEO of ABB UAE and Head of Southern Gulf & Pakistan, and Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Executive Vice President for Strategic Partners at ABB.

The aim of this visit is to promote collaboration between DEWA and ABB, to share expertise in the fields of energy and smart grid solutions, and ABB’s focus on building closer ties with DEWA for their mutual benefit.

ABB will participate in the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment (WETEX 2014) as a Strategic Sponsor. WETEX 2014 will be held in conjunction with the World Green Economy Summit 2014 on 14-16 April 2014 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ABB’s delegation briefed Al Tayer about the services it provides as Dubai is one of its most important markets. At the end of the visit, Al Tayer briefed the delegates about DEWA’s activities and projects.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer inaugurates ‘Power to Cloud’ event Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:16 +0000 Lorraine HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the ‘Power to Cloud’ conference and exhibition organised by Schneider Electric in Dubai. The conference showcased the future of smart cities, ways to implement best international practices to manage energy consumption, ambitious plans to fulfil growing energy requirements, and the concept of green cities for a better future.

Al Tayer said: “The two-day conference and exhibition held under the theme ‘Building Next Generation Mission-Critical IT Infrastructure,’ and other such initiatives, are important for us to exchange expertise, experiences, and information. It also helps the process of developing the necessary technology required for the transition to smart grids, and accelerating the construction of smart cities.

“The initiative aims to establish Dubai as a smart city by developing Smart Grids that enhance the performance of utility providers, upgrade the services provided and ensure that supplies and services contribute to environmental protection and reduced carbon emissions.

“DEWA has set its strategy and roadmap for smart power and water grids, totalling AED 7 billion to support the efficient and reliable infrastructure of communication to support the Demand Side Management programme and connect to sources of renewable energy. DEWA also has proceeded with the smart meters project, and plans to install 72,000 smart meters per year for new connections. It is expected that the existing mechanical and electromechanical meters will be completely replaced by smart meters within the next five years at a rate of 250,000 electricity and water meters per year in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors. The use of smart meters is a key element of building a smart network, and DEWA is a leading organisation in adopting the latest technologies, such as SCADA systems, control systems, protection and smart systems, to achieve the highest possible standards of efficiency, and reliability.”


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Siemens showcases eco-friendly energy storage solution Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:30:18 +0000 Lorraine Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, is showcasing the breakthrough Siestorage solution at the Coliseum Summit in Doha, running for two days from November 16. Providing highly-reliable and uninterrupted power supply for the World Cup 2022 is one of the challenges Qatar is facing in the lead up to the event. Siestorage, a fully-integrated power storage solution, is an ideal option to overcoming this challenge, enabling secure energy distribution across all critical venues while eliminating pollution and noise by replacing diesel-powered generators.

“Siestorage is a game-changing technology,” said Juergen Viethen, General Manager of Siemens Low and Medium Voltage Division for the Lower Gulf area. “This is the first time Siemens puts forward the Siestorage innovation in the context of stadium technology. The energy storage system secures a stable and reliable power supply on match days, replacing diesel generators and the emissions they emit.”

Siestorage is a modular electrical energy storage system. It integrates renewable energy and optimises the usage of fossil generation as part of a modern eco-friendly grid. Siestorage combines cutting-edge power electronics for grid applications and high-performance Li-ion batteries. The power supply system acts as a ‘vital artery’, forming the basis for the reliable and efficient functioning of all electrically-operated building installations.

“Efficient and reliable electrical power distribution requires integrated solutions. This starts at the planning stage with the right software tools for the design and configuration,” said Paul Fairweather, head of the Low and Medium Voltage Division at Siemens WLL Qatar. “Our optimally-aligned product and system portfolio for integrated power distribution ranges from medium-voltage switchgear to socket outlets. Now, we can complement these with a smart energy storage solution.”

Siemens has been actively involved in all recent major events around the world during the past decades. The company established a programme office in Doha this year to coordinate all activities related to the World Cup event.

“It is exciting to witness the new possibilities in technology compared to the solutions that will be used during the World Cup in Brazil next year. With the modularity and mobility of the Siestorage solution, organisers will now have the opportunity to grant reliable power supply without pollution or noise,” Program Manager Jan Schoenig said.

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