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Environment & Energy | Wednesday 26 October, 2016 3:42 pm |

Empower to host International District Cooling Conference 2016

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, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, is playing host to 7th ‘International District Cooling Conference 2016’, organised by International District Energy Association (IDEA), from 13 to 15 November at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. Themed as ‘A Climate Solution’, the conference will be attended by global delegations representing international energy-related companies and organisations.

Empower is hosting this international conference in Dubai following its successful hosting of 6th edition of the conference in December 2014. The conference has established its position as a global platform for professionals in district cooling technologies and allied industries from around the world.


“Hosting this global conference for the second time in two years goes in line with our firm commitment towards the global district energy sector. Empower’s position on the global district cooling map is part of Dubai’s position as a role model of green economy. Organising this conference is part of our mandate to disseminate district cooling technology among developing countries in the world,” said HE Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.


HE Bin Shafar pointed out that choosing Dubai to host a specialised conference of this scale is a clear evidence of the confidence on the advancement of the district cooling industry in Dubai. Also, it shows the efforts made to spread the latest means of district cooling technology and the concept of sustainability around the

world, which is also the spirit of Dubai Plan 2021 that aims to build a smart and sustainable city. 

“This conference will attract participations from leading pioneers and specialists in energy and district cooling industries from many parts of the world, which position the event as a platform to meet the top players of district cooling and allied industries, in order to exchange their experiences and practices through review of latest technical innovations and highlighting major projects and their implementation in various countries. Also, the sessions will review  best ways to introduce standards for district cooling in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as developing countries covered by ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’  by United Nations Environment Programme.” said Bin Shafar.


In addition to a series of sessions and panel discussions, ‘International District Cooling Conference 2016’ will incorporate a workshop, and an international trade exhibition that will display latest technologies and solutions in district cooling and rationalise energy consumption related to it. The event will close with a technical tour to advanced and award-winning facilities of Empower.


Empower will top the list of sponsors as Strategic Sponsor and host, along with a group of leading international companies, such Johnson Controls,  Carrier, Trane, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens,  Elips and many others. In addition, the line-up of more than 20 international companies  will provide rich environment to support all economic sectors related to district cooling, especially real estate and hotels.


Empower currently operates more than 1 million 100 thousands RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.

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