Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has urged the construction sector to be aware of its efforts to integrate sustainable practices to help create a more sustainable built environment at the Big 5 trade show.
Empower urges the construction sector to implement district cooling technology, one of the energy-efficiency accelerator defined by the United Nations.
Empower CEO Ahmad bins Shafar said: “In an increasingly heating world, the UAE and the entire Middle East face the biggest challenge of cooling buildings – a process which takes up 60% to 70% of energy consumption in facilities.
“Massive use of energy from conventional sources contributes to the rise of global carbon emissions in the atmosphere, and researchers highlight that emissions could further rise by 2% in 2017,” he said.
Bin Shafar, who was appointed as special advisor on district cooling by the United Nations Environment Programme’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative, further explained that the UAE is one of the countries in the region which has a strong mandate to institutionalise energy efficiency and implement smarter resource management practices to support its vision to create a green economy under the UAE Vision 2021.
Bin Shafar said: “The new growth path that cities in the region take needs to be carefully examined to reflect a more sustainable approach consistent with global efforts in achieving sustainable development.
"The call for more sustainable practices and technologies in the built environment sector grows even stronger with the launch of new ambitions to create smart cities. The green revolution in the construction sector can only take off through concerted efforts, commitment and constant conversation within the industry regarding ways to integrate energy-efficient technologies.”