Power to Cloud conference opens in Dubai
The annual event is organised by Schneider Electric
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and managing director and CEO of DEWA, inaugurated 'Power to the Cloud' conference and exhibition - an annual event held by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management.
The two-day event currently underway at Atlantis - The Palm in Dubai demonstrates the company's leadership in Smart Cities under the theme 'Building Next-Generation Mission Critical IT Infrastructure'. With global experts in smart cities and data centres gathered under one roof, the conference has emerged as a must-attend event for examining solutions in power and energy management, as well as water use and reduction in travel time and traffic delays.
The conference that has attracted professionals and influencers from the IT and government sectors from across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa is focusing on the looming imperative of energy consumption doubling in the next 40 years. The experts are also looking at the urgency to mitigate CO2 emissions by nearly half their current levels and increase energy efficiencies four times higher.
The event is also looking to deliberate on the enhanced role of data centres in building a world of efficient cities. As a pioneer in providing solutions for effective datacentre management, Schneider Electric is committed to promoting smart integration through data centres for achieving tangible goals in smart energy, smart mobility, smart public services and smart buildings and homes.
Thierry Chamayou, vice president - Middle East & Africa IT Business, Schneider Electric, said: "The IT growth and the urbanisation, industrialisation and digitisation of our economies are driving high energy consumption today and this growth will continue as global economies seek to develop further. To give an example, in 2010 nearly 12.5 billion devices were connected through the internet. This is set to grow to to 25 billion by 2015 against the global population of 7.2 billion in the same year. Dubai is at the heart of this growth in the Middle East and its aspiration to evolve as a smart city will make it an exemplary new age sustainable destination.
"The solution for sustainable energies is a combination of cleaner generation, greater efficiency and a smarter grid. According to International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook report in 2013, Japan and countries in Europe have introduced energy efficiency improvements in buildings. In the US this year, a MoU sets forth an agreement for the states to work together to help automakers sell at least 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) - plug-in electric, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles - by 2025. Closer to home, in the Middle East too, the mandate to mitigate energy consumption is being addressed with equal urgency."