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Novus launches Community Energy Saving Programme

Novus Community Management today announced the launch of the Novus Energy Programme in partnership with EnergyX and Emrill Energy. The initiative has been specifically designed to reduce the environmental impact of residential and commercial buildings managed by Novus Community Management and will see savings of up to AED 350 million over 10 years.

Keen to tackle the huge cost of utilities which account for an average of 42% of unit service charge costs, the largest independent community manager in Dubai, Novus Community Management, set out to reduce energy bills across its portfolio by 35% without imposing any additional cost on property owners.

Alastair McCracken, CEO of Novus Community Management said: “Energy represents the single largest operational cost for all building owners and US studies have proven that every building wastes between 20 – 40% of its energy bill. The biggest challenge for Dubai is the fact that electricity prices have not historically been linked to inflation, resulting in lower pricing and leading to unchecked and increased consumption. Novus were keen to tackle this wastage for our customers and to support the government to reduce the environmental impact in the city.”

The Novus Energy Programme combines cutting edge technology, financing and local project delivery with programme partners that include EnergyX, a Hong Kong based energy performance financing group and Emrill Energy, a successful partnership between Crowley Carbon, Ireland and the leading facilities management company, Emrill Services.

This exclusive partnership offers Owners’ Associations, an unparalleled energy saving initiative with free building energy audits that require no commitment, 100% guarantee on projected energy savings, 100% financing of energy project costs, free warranties on project equipment and maintenance of equipment.

The unique initiative ensures that property owners will not have to pay any upfront costs for capital expenditure or expose themselves to financial risk with the Novus Energy Programme. One of the most significant benefits of the programme is the reduction of energy costs to Novus managed buildings, which will reduce service fees by AED 4,000 to AED 10,000 annually per unit.

Ben Churchill, Managing Director of Emrill Energy, said: “After a complete audit of all communities managed by Novus, Emrill Energy was able to identify staggering results of up to 33% in energy cost savings. This would translate to annual savings of AED 110 million when fully implemented in our 39 residential towers. We estimate the potential for savings across the entire city of Dubai would be in excess of AED 5 billion over 10 years at current prices, and could result in a reduction of 5.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This initiative enables property owners to save energy costs with no risk and no up-front capital expenditure.”

Endorsing this initiative, Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), added: “We are delighted to support initiatives such as the Novus Energy programme designed specifically to reduce our impact on the environment. This is the future of Dubai as they move towards a green economy and build sustainable developments that will reduce their carbon footprint and overall environmental impact.”

Emrill Energy solutions provides innovative products and solutions for HVAC, Air Handling, Chilling, Refrigeration, Motive Power, Lighting and Renewable Energy, among other unique solutions available. The company has been audited ISO 9001: 2008 for Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management Systems and OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.



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Dubai launches its first State of Energy Report 2014

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) has unveiled the first edition of the State of the Energy Report. 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, 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.

This publication was unveiled yesterday for the World Energy Day falling on October 22.

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, inaugurated the report on the occasion of the EXPO 2020 Theme Symposium, which is a major milestone in the bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“We are pleased to launch the first edition of the State of Energy Report 2014, which describes our way forward to build a green future for generations to come. First and foremost, this report is a reference for all the necessary knowledge and best practices for the energy sector. It provides the basis for a knowledge economy, which will be one of the main factors for the successful achievement of the vision of our wise leadership to transform Dubai into a Smart City,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy.

By encouraging green investment and green growth, the UAE is becoming a leading green and sustainable economy in the region and the world.

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group’s Hiwar Session on climate change

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) held its sixth Hiwar Session (Hiwar is the Arabic word for dialogue) to help in raising awareness and building a common understanding on the key issues of climate change and how a green economy could be financed. 

The event achieved record attendance levels with participation from a number of high profile professionals, ADSG member organisations, sustainability experts from the government sector, private sector and not-for-profit community.

The Hiwar session focused on discussing carbon related policies, adequate financing in support of these policies and the impact on realising sustainability goals. Emphasis was on engaging with the audience on the challenges and opportunities that Green Economy offers Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the region.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Airways, speaking after the event highlighted: “The ADSG Hiwar proved to be a productive forum to enhance our understanding of the financial implications of climate change and how it affects the way we do business in Abu Dhabi.”

Ms. Huda Al Houqani, ADSG Director thanked the Ministry of Foreign affairs for being the patrons of such an important discussion and extended gratitude to Etihad Airways (an ADSG member) for hosting the event.  After the event, she added: “I am pleased to see the high level of attendance and engagement today. ADSG activities, such as our Hiwar Session today, are designed to provide our members and partners with the latest thinking and expertise on sustainability management practices, including today’s topic: Climate Change and how to go about financing the Green Economy.”

Prominent speakers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Capital Alternatives Group (CAG), Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), discussed the following main topics:

- How carbon related policies are supported by appropriate financing and are able to impact key sustainability goals.

- The challenges and opportunities these trends towards a Green Economy present for Abu Dhabi.

- Global best practice, cross-industry comparison and raising awareness about how we can create a low carbon future.

The panel included Mr. Rob Bradley, MOFA; Ms. Diana Guzman, CDP, Mr.  Steve Graham, CAG and the Moderator, Mr. Ivano Iannelli, DCCE

Steve Graham, CAG said: “As awareness across the business community increases, we are seeing a growing number of organisations starting to implement carbon reduction strategies. Awareness of the benefits that can be gained by reducing their carbon footprint, and a greater understanding of the impact their emissions are having on the environment are starting to become key business drivers within the region. Most environmentally aware organisations understand that by reducing the amount of carbon they emit, they are embarking on a process of cost reduction too, which ultimately leads to greater profits.”

Diana Guzman, CDP said: “In order to manage, you must measure.  At CDP, we have seen the positive environmental action that corporations and governments can achieve when they are equipped with the relevant information.  Providing corporations with a global system to disclose carbon emissions in a comparable and consistent way, enables companies and policy-makers to mitigate risks from the use of energy and natural resources, learn from best practice as well as identify opportunities from taking a responsible approach to the environment.  The ADSG Hiwar Session was wise to cover this topic since it is a vital foundation for a low carbon economy.”

He added: “Activities and debates, such as the Hiwar organised by ADSG, only go to show that carbon reduction and carbon management are taken seriously.”

The audience was well engaged and participated with many questions to the panellists, with feedback from participants indicating that an intellectual debate can promote practical benefits through knowledge sharing.

This Hiwar Session offered a unique opportunity for experts, sustainability professionals, academics and practitioners to come under one roof and create a common understanding on the complex issue of climate change, with further plans for more sustainability events and activities planned by the ADSG for the benefit of promoting sustainability in Abu Dhabi.

About ADSG

Set up by EAD in 2008, with the support of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group is a membership-based organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability management in Abu Dhabi by providing policy support, learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for government, private companies and not for profit organisations in a spirit of cooperation and open dialogue.


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