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DSCE to visit the US to present State of the Energy Report 2014

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has sent a high profile delegation to New York, led by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (right), vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy to present the first State of the Energy Report: Dubai 2014 at the United Nations.

Al Tayer praised the current cooperation and synergy between the Supreme Council of Energy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the noticeable contribution in the preparation to launch the State of Energy Report 2014.

This report is one of the pioneering steps to consolidate and support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in world.

The report provides information and key insights on how a knowledge economy can achieve green and sustainable development.

Launching of the report last October coincided with World Energy Day, 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 was signed on 22 October 2012.

It also coincided with Dubai successfully being chosen to host the Expo 2020. A select group of international experts and business leaders contributed in the discussion of the bid committee with representatives and delegates of the state members of Bureau International des Expositions from 167 nations.

During the visit, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy will deliver speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York to launch the State of the Energy Report: Dubai 2014 and will sign an MOU between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the UNDP to enhance cooperation and preparation of the World Green Economy Summit that will be held next April in Dubai during the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2014).


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DuPont achieves sustainability goals 3 years ahead of schedule

With the release of its new Sustainability Report yesterday, DuPont today announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and has made substantial progress toward the rest.

“At DuPont, sustainability is a business growth strategy that has been a driving force at our company for decades,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “This report illustrates the progress we have made against our voluntary commitments and the continued integration of sustainability into all our operations.”

The company’s 2015 market-facing goals, set in 2006, focussed on the shared value DuPont products bring to customers. As of last year, the company has generated over $6.7 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also have invested nearly $4 billion in research and development programmes to develop products with direct, quantifiable environmental benefits for our customers,” Fisher added. “The simultaneous success of our market-facing and footprint goals is the business case for sustainability.”

Since 2004, DuPont has reduced the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to the goal of 15%; lowered global water usage by 12%; earned $2 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and $11.8 billion in revenue from products based on non-depletable resources.

DuPont announced a new set of goals in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. This is the first year DuPont is reporting progress on these goals. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” Fisher adds. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

To read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report: www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/sustainability/performance-reporting/sustainability-reports.html

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Utico to set up coal-fired power plant in Namibia

Namibia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Utico Middle East, the GCC’s largest private full service utility and solutions provider, for the establishment of a $300 million coal-fired power plant in its Okakkura Governorate. The agreement was signed this week between Ruurd Abma, Managing Director of Utico Middle East, and Justus Ve, CEO of AFRES Pty.

Presently, Namibia is highly dependent on South Africa for its power requirements, importing more than 40% of its power needs from its neighbours. Generation from within the country has become increasingly difficult as the flow in the Kunene River has been variable, making hydro-power generation unpredictable. The establishment of the new plant will therefore be huge step forward for the Namibia to reduce its burgeoning power bills and cut subsidy. The project entails the development of a 150MW increased to 300MW power plant in the African state.
The Namibian government will provide the coal to Utico Middle East that will be utilised to generate clean, low-priced power for its citizens. All power generated in the plant will be sold to Namibia Power Corporation (NAM Power), the government-run power utilities company. In addition to the development of the power plant, Utico will also set up a transmission network to distribute the power across the country.

The development closely follows another major announcement made last week by Utico to set up the world’s largest solar-powered desalination facility in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Once complete, the plant will generate more than 83 million litres of potable water per day and 20 MW of solar power per hour.




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Exhibitors sign-up for World Future Energy Summit 2014

The world’s leading innovators in clean energy are signing up to exhibit at the 7th World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar, January 20-22 next year as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Organiser of WFES 2014, Reed Exhibitions, has announced that 90% of exhibition space has already been sold for next year’s event, with strong interest in the new Sustainable Living Area that will provide energy and water -efficient solutions for urban living, including a full-size eco-home, eco-transport models, and a fully-functioning hotel room sponsored by Rotana Hotels, and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

WFES’s show director, Naji El Haddad said: “Investment in renewable energy, particularly within the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, is growing as more and more governments and private partners commit to large-scale clean energy projects.

“Indeed, the recent WFES insight report into solar energy development in MENA shows the huge potential for developing a large solar industry in the region due to its natural advantages of abundant sunshine and a strong power grid and road network. More importantly, the industry is strongly supported by governments that are committed to the development of clean energy sources to reduce their domestic reliance on fossil fuels.”

Already renowned for showcasing the latest in clean energy technologies, WFES 2014 will once again be the international event that the sustainability industry looks to for new innovations, with exciting new exhibits planned and many exhibitors confirming they will launch breakthrough products.

Next year’s seventh edition of the World Future Energy Summit will be co-located with the second edition of the International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition, also hosted by Masdar, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and is the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from 19-22 January 2014.


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Qatar’s power reserves among biggest in GCC

With one of the biggest power reserve margins in the GCC, Qatar is able to keep up with growing demand for power and water as preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup accelerate.

Even though power demand growth has regularly exceeded 10% over the past five years, Qatar’s installed capacity of 8,761MW was comfortably able to deal with the peak usage of 6,255MW recorded in 2012.

Having a reserve cushion is part of Qatar’s long-term initiative toward developing a sustainable energy and water strategy, which will be one of the highlights of the discussions at the forthcoming Qatar Energy and Water Efficiency Conference to be held on December 8-10 at the Hilton Hotel Doha.

Qatar’s power reserves have enabled it to sell electricity to neighbouring countries in the GCC which have struggled to meet rising domestic demand. However, although it currently has a healthy reserve margin, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is aware that growing demand must be adequately met with appropriate planning and preparations, as well as promoting efficient use of electricity and water.

“Current indications in our strategic and technical planning show that in the next five years, there will be a need for additional capacity – with huge schemes planned everywhere – particularly in preparation for the [FIFA 2022] World Cup. For the past three years, many of the projects were in the planning stage, but now we are seeing them start, including port and metro schemes and many others,” said Kahramaa’s technical director, Ahmed al-Naser.

Qatar’s next planned independent water and power plant (IWPP) is known as Facility D and will be located at the Qatar Economic Zone near Doha. It is expected to have a power generation capacity of 2,400MW and a desalination capacity of 130 million g/d. The desalination component will partly use reverse osmosis (RO) technology; it will be the first time the country has employed it on a large-scale scheme.

While its power situation is comfortable, Qatar in contrast has some of the smallest water reserves in the world and is therefore addressing the equally important issue of water security.

In an effort to ensure water security, Kahramaa is undertaking an ambitious $3 billion Water Security Mega Reservoirs project. The scheme has been designed to provide seven days of strategic water storage within its network, which will shore up the country’s reserve supplies and protect against any future disruptions in provision.

“The reservoirs project is one of the largest in the world in terms of the size of reservoirs and will increase the capacity of water storage [in Qatar] by 10 times. So the storage capacity will be about 3,500 million gallons,” explained al-Naser.

In hosting the Qatar Energy and Water Efficiency conference, Kahramaa hopes to continue to refine the country’s water and energy efficiency strategy. In addition to Qatar’s utility authority, the event is also supported by the Clean Energy Business Council, the Qatar Green Building Council and GORD; as well as by Schneider Electric as Gold Sponsor and Parsons as Networking Sponsor.

For more information on how to be a part of the event, visit www.energyefficiencyqatar.com

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MAPEI launches innovative Re-con Zero system

MAPEI, global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for construction, introduced its latest additive technology, Re-Con Zero (Returned Concrete with Zero Impact) at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference, a part of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show 2013 taking place from November 25 to 28, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The innovative solution allows the complete recycling of the returned concrete from the job site to the batching plant within minutes without any wastes or negative impact to the environment.

The Re-con Zero system does not require special equipment as its additives treat the returned concrete in the truck mixer. The resulting granular material can be used as aggregate for new concrete production. MAPEI’s new solution is environment-friendly as it foregoes the use of as much as 5% of natural aggregates (depending on local standards), thus preserving natural resources and reducing the cost for waste disposal.

Roberto Saccone, Regional Business Manager – Concrete Admixture of MAPEI UAE, said: “The system is a pioneering green technology that is cost effective as well, and reflects the company’s 75 years of experience. We are also exhibiting other exciting and new products at Big 5 that are designed to enhance consumer and industry appreciation through the quality and versatility of our solutions.”



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