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Saudi Arabia aims to increase energy efficiency levels

Saudi Arabia has revealed plans to have up to 40 gigawatt hours of energy savings this year as part of its drive for environmental sustainability

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Saudi Arabia has revealed plans to have up to 40 gigawatt hours of energy savings this year as part of its drive for environmental sustainability.

“We estimate that taking everything into consideration, the collected savings of this year will be around up to 40 GWh,” said Waled Al Ghrerri, chief executive officer of Saudi Arabia’s national Energy Services Company at last Week's Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week..

The energy efficiency body was launched by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) last October and now want to work with foreign partners to achieve the energy savings target, reported The National.

“We started six or seven months ago and we have 10 RFPs [request for proposals] in the pipeline, so and here we’re talking about a combination of buildings very visible buildings. We’re putting together a set of projects that will not only attract escos [energy efficiency companies] but also have the clients - government entities - to adopt these projects.”

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil consumes three times more energy per capita than the world average, according to the United Nations Development Programme, using up 6.5 tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) per capita in 2011, compared with the global average of 1.9 toe, reported The National.

National Esco, which was launched with a capitalisation of 1.9 billion riyals (Dh1.86bn), has been given responsibility for energy efficiency measures at schools, mosques, and all public buildings occupying 30,000 square metres or more of floor space. All government entities are obliged to work with the body to implement energy efficiency measures.

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