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DEWA commences AED 14 million SCADA project

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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Dubai Carbon announces next edition of State of Energy Report at WFES 2014

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 MichaelaN@dcce.ae.


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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece

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 receives Estidama recognition

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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WFES promises window on the future of sustainable living

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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French experts offer integrated strategies to enhance sustainability of world cities

Ms. Nicole Bricq, the French Minister for Foreign Trade, will open a series of high-level presentations on effective strategies to make the world’s cities more sustainable on January 21, at the 7th World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

With 60% of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2020 and the urban landscape accounting for as much as 75% of world energy consumption and an ever larger share of water demand and greenhouse gas emissions. The scale of the modern-day sustainability challenge requires a holistic approach, experts argue.

Specialists from leading French industry, government and NGOs will present their insights and experiences on the subject in an interactive session titled ‘The Integrated Approach for Sustainable Cities’, hosted at the Sustainable Living Expo Theatre on the WFES exhibition floor.

Officials from the French Ministry of Foreign Trade will present Vivapolis, a groundbreaking approach integrating sustainability across the energy, water, waste and transportation sectors.

Supported by the French Embassy in the UAE and the French trade commission Ubifrance, the workshop will also host a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations from a cross-section of French business leaders, environmental specialists and industry consultants, including experts from the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management; Alstom Grid; Areva Renewables; Suez Environment; Third Millenium Water; Environnement SA; Microhumus; and DisaSolar.

“The Energy Challenge will be won or lost in cities,” said Regis Largillier, Smart City Business Development Manager of Schneider Electric, who will present a paper titled ‘Innovation and Collaboration for Smarter and More Resilient Cities’.

“In the urban context, adopting technology to use energy and natural resources more efficiently is as much a part of the solution as adopting cleaner sources of energy. To achieve that, we at Schneider Electric, as a global specialist in energy management working with more than 200 cities around the globe, believe no single company can solve a city’s challenges alone. We advocate flexible, customised and localised solutions, developed with best-in-class global and local partners.”

Dr Lawrence Jones of Alstom Grid will speak on ‘Building Resilient Infrastructures for a Sustainable Future’.

“The infrastructure of our cities, whether for transport or reliable power generation or delivery, must not be overlooked in the transition towards sustainable development,” he said. “As a world leader in power generation, power transmission and smart transport, Alstom is attending WFES to share its extensive knowledge in developing smart solutions that address the increasingly complex and inter-connected nature of sustainability challenges.”

‘The Integrated Approach for Sustainable Cities’ workshop takes place at the Sustainable Living Expo (SLE), which returns to the World Future Energy Summit for a second year.

In partnership with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, the SLE will host an actual-size home showcasing technologies and materials that reduce power and water consumption and lower emissions.

The show home will appear alongside a prototype hotel suite also adopting sustainable technologies and processes, sponsored by Rotana Hotels and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

“Reducing the demand for energy and natural resources of our cities is of paramount concern, an issue the Sustainable Living Expo will once again bring into sharp focus,” said Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director. “The insights and practical experience of leading experts from France will make a significant contribution to the sustainable cities debate at this year’s WFES.”


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