26 April 2017
Dubai, UAE - On the occasion of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the leading international travel and tourism event in the region being held from 24thto 27thApril at The Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, announced that 110 hotels are using Empower's district cooling services.
H.E. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower stated that this increase is due to boom in hospitality industry, which is also supported by increasing adoption of district cooling technology.
“District cooling systems serve as a catalyst to promote sustainability of the built environment. The UAE in particular have firmly positioned itself as global leader in the tourism and hospitality sector. The coming years are extremely important with a significant increase expected in the number of hotels to support the Expo 2020 and Dubai Tourism Vision. The anticipated growth is a clear indication that the hospitality sector in the UAE needs to adopt district cooling to promote sustainability and reduce its carbon footprint,” said H.E. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) declared 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’ to promote sustainability and best green practices in the tourism industry. Aligning with this global movement and focusing on the hotels’ built environment, Empower urged hotels and hospitality companies participating in the ATM to adopt district cooling systems, which is known for its flexibility and greater efficiency in providing cooling services, in addition to energy savings and conservation of natural resources.
“District cooling is more energy efficient than conventional cooling. It not only reduces carbon dioxide and emission of hazardous refrigerants, but also reduces energy consumption and helps free up space on rooftops and in basements for enhancedaesthetics and design freedom. By investing in the use of district cooling, hotels and hospitality companies become much more energy efficient and support UAE’s objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, using eco-friendly technologies like district cooling service contributes to boosting the competitiveness in the hospitality industry, as customers favor visiting environment-friendly hotels,” added H.E. Ahmad Bin Shafar.
District cooling systems can help save up to 50per cent of total power consumption compared to conventional systems while saving chiller-space at large buildings and hotels. As such, many of the new hospitality establishments are using district cooling for last many years in Dubai, a trend that is increasing largely to cover major share of the hotel industry.
Empower currently operates more than 1.250 Million 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, Dubai Design District, among others.
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