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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins

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.

For more information about IRENA’s Fourth Assembly visit www.irena.org.



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Cable giant tells WFES how it was an early energy saver

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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LED module technology at ME Electricity 2014

DIETAL, a European company specialised in the design of professional interior lighting appliances, will introduce its latest innovation in the French Pavilion at the Middle East Electricity tradeshow. LEDIZ® is a new LED module technology intended to replace fluorescent tubes in traditional and bespoke lighting fixtures. Entirely manufactured in Europe, LEDIZ® combines performance and quality while delivering the best operational cost on the maket.

The result of three years of research, LEDIZ® mixes three innovations to provide a unique solution guaranteeing efficiency and reliability. A high-performance diffuser (conveys 92% of the flow), passive cooling via an aluminium rail, and an optimal lifecycle for the LED module (up to 100,000 hours thanks to an exclusive, patented method using laser trimming) make up the three main benefits of this process. The system is perfectly suitable for all applications using linear fluorescent lamps, and can also replace LED tubes. Economical both to buy and to use, LEDIZ® guarantees from 25 to 60% energy savings.

DIETAL has endeavoured to design and produce LEDIZ® entirely in Europe to ensure it would keep total control of the development process while producing a product of great quality. A leader in the European market and very active worldwide, DIETAL delivers more than 2 million light fixtures that comply with the most stringent international quality and safety standards. Its customers are the major brands in the European market for business light fixtures, who sell products created by DIETAL to complete their own lines.

DIETAL has already completed several projects in the Middle East and now wishes to boost its presence within the region.

Marketing Manager, Stephen Renard, said: “The Middle East, and the UAE in particular, represent a very large potential for growth for DIETAL, on the one hand because the region has a strong concentration of real-estate and infrastructure projects, and on the other because DIETAL is in a position to meet the rigorous demands of the lighting market in this country, by providing products that are suitable both in terms of quality (designed and manufactured in Europe) and of innovation (experts in fluorescent and LED technology), as well as in exclusive lighting solutions related to, for instance, our patented LEDIZ® technology.”



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DEWA wins Emirates Appreciation Award

Last week, Zayed International Foundation for Environment awarded Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) the Emirates Appreciation Award for environmental care. The Innovation, Invention and Environmental Research Award is for successfully implementing the two projects to raise the efficiency and capacity of four gas turbines in power production by applying Wet Compression technology at G-Station, and three gas turbines by using the Inlet Air Chilling technology in the first phase of L-Station. These two projects are considered to be one of the most important that DEWA has completed in the last few years as a means of enhancing efficiency, capacity, production and minimising environmental pollution.

These two great achievements align with DEWA’s drive to apply cutting-edge technologies and global practices in power generation and water desalination stations; to enhance the efficiency and reliability of power and water stations and their relevant networks and grids. They also pay considerable attention to the environment by keeping pace with latest applications, engineering programmes and participation in national and international conferences.

Gas turbines are highly-reliable and efficient power generators, and their operational efficiency in the combined power generation cycle make them the ideal choice for companies and developers of power generation and water desalination plants. However, the efficiency and productivity of this kind of power generator is adversely affected by air temperature, as productivity falls down in summer because of the rise of air temperature to 46 degrees centigrade in the region.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “Many manufacturers and operators of power generation units have admired the Central Cooling of Air Inlets project, which is in the first phase of L-Station. Adopting this integrated strategy in developing its infrastructure, DEWA achieved results that surpass similar private-sector utilities and surpassing also the best ten similar European and American utilities in terms of efficiency, availability and reliability. DEWA’s achievements contributed to placing the UAE in first place in MENA, and fourth place globally in terms of ease of access to energy in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2013.”


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Empower discusses US-UAE trade ties with US Consul General

Empower, a district cooling provider in the Middle East, has received the US Consul General, His Excellency Robert Waller in a move to further boost US-UAE trade relations.

Both parties discussed the need for boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise within the energy and industrial sectors in the UAE and the US. In addition to promoting US exports to the UAE, the aim of the meeting was to discuss ways of increasing UAE investment in the US and bolstering bilateral trade.

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “The meeting between Empower and the US Consular team proved to be inspirational and further strengthened the already strong trade relations between our two countries, particularly in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.

“With Empower being the first Middle Eastern board member of the International District Energy Association and in light of Dubai being elected as host city of the World Expo 2020, this meeting between the US Consul delegation and the Empower team has significant strategic value.”

Dubai has seen a surge in both foreign and domestic investment and efficient government spending has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world class business and tourism destination.

Accompanied by Robert Bannerman, Foreign Commercial Attaché at the US Consulate in Dubai, Robert Waller praised Dubai’s development as a global business hub. Waller described the emirate as a business model for the entire Middle East region, due to the long-term vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


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Dubai Carbon Centre signs energy efficiency MOU

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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