The 8th edition of the International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow 2018 held from 9 to 11 December, ended with Dubai being crowned as the ‘Champion City’ of the district cooling sector globally, showcasing a cooling capacity of nearly 2 million refrigerator tons.
In addition, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower was named as 2018 IDEA Global leader. The conference was held for three days under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman of Emirates Airlines Group.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “District cooling is recognized as a proven and key climate solution for cities, and we are pleased that the conference this year has been a strategic learning opportunity for industry experts to acquire global expertise, innovation and solutions. While the conference has brought to focus several efficient methods for increasing efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, it has also illuminated Dubai’s strength in the district cooling sector, showcasing the emirate’s pioneering experience in the industry during the event.”
While the conference shed light on strategies for improving efficiency for district cooling, it also focused on the importance of cooling towers as well as highlighted the growing importance of district cooling in sustainable cities. In addition, the conference also brought to light energy budgets and operational efficiency through automation and machine learning in district cooling.
Rob Thornton, President and CEO, IDEA, said: “Dubai has been a forerunner with sustainable solutions and Empower has further accelerated the city’s position with its innovative district cooling solutions, helping the country to achieve its sustainability goals. The way the country is shaping its projects, integrating district cooling solutions, I am confident that the city is well placed to achieve the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. The 8th edition of this conference, has not only discussed efficient strategies to achieve sustainable urban growth, but has also positioned Dubai as the champion city for district cooling solutions.”