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Dubai district cooling regulations reviewed

The 39th council meeting chaired HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed recent developments in drafting a coherent regulatory regime for the sector

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The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed district cooling regulations
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed district cooling regulations

Dubai is a step closer to creating a regulatory framework for its budding district cooling industry following the recent meeting of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy held in Dubai.

The 39th council meeting chaired HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed recent developments in drafting a coherent regulatory regime for the sector.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is working towards the implementation of the energy Demand Side Management strategy, which features nine programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of Dubai.

The programmes include rules and regulations for green buildings, rehabilitation of existing buildings, district cooling, regulations and standards for energy efficiency, reuse of wastewater for use in irrigation and technology to raise the efficiency of street lighting, and the Shams Dubai Initiative to transform Dubai into the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.

“During the meeting, we developed a strategy to organise Dubai’s district-cooling sector. This aims to improve the performance of operations, and enhance the amount of investments in this promising market from 20% to 40% by 2030,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy.

“The meeting highlighted Dubai’s Energy Intensity Mapping project, which focuses on making use of Dubai’s building and energy consumption data to find methods of analysing consumption levels, limiting Dubai’s overall energy consumption, and finding solutions to limit high consumption,” said Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Energy.

“This supports the demand side management strategy to reduce overall demand by 30% by 2030.”

The meeting also addressed the implementation of detailed studies to save water through the re-use of water for irrigation, as well as defining potential opportunities, and developing an integrated strategy for Dubai’s water supply.

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