Ras Al Khaimah – Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai held a conference to forge collaboration on energy efficiency projects and discuss the effectiveness of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), via videoconference, on July 28th, 2020.
The event was opened by H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi, Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, and H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, to highlight collaboration opportunities between Ras Al Khaimah and Canadian businesses to build a greener economy.
Opening the discussion, H.E. Al Zaabi underlined that Ras Al Khaimah is one of the fastest-growing economies in the UAE, supported by booming industrial, hospitality, retail, logistics and tourism sectors, offering competitive advantages to businesses looking to establish in the region. Driven by its “Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040”, Ras Al Khaimah targets 30% energy efficiency, 20% water efficiency and 20% contribution of renewables to the electricity mix of the Emirate by 2040.
Commending Ras Al Khaimah’s efforts to tackle climate change, Consulate General of Canada outlined Canada’s strengths in energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy solutions, green infrastructure knowledge, as well as Canadian expertise in PPP, ranging from deal structuring, procurement and project development to execution. It also underlined that Canadian businesses would be well positioned to help Ras Al Khaimah achieve its goals.
Tuning to specific discussions, Ras Al Khaimah’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) presented a status update on its Energy Efficiency programs and its future projects, which includes thousands of new green developments, over 3,000 building retrofits, significant network expansions in street lighting, water, and electric vehicle charging in Ras Al Khaimah.
Canadian experts presented various topics that would support Reem’s energy efficiency programs, including the advantages of integrating smart grid technologies and energy management systems, best practices in delivering energy efficiency and green building projects, and implementing PPP to accelerate green infrastructure deliverables.
[Quote] H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, United Arab Emirates
“Improving energy efficiency provides an opportunity to address climate change, which is why Canada joined the Three Percent Club led by the International Energy Agency. I commend Ras Al Khaimah’s visionary “Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040” and the collaboration between Canadian businesses and Ras Al Khaimah. This is one of many other initiatives Ras Al Khaimah and Canada can work on together to address environmental challenges, adapt smart city solutions to mitigate climate change, and pave the way for a more sustainable and greener future.”
[Quote] H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi, Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality
“Part of our strategy at Ras Al Khaimah Municipality is about establishing and developing a strong supply base for energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services, as this will enhance the Emirate’s ability to continually improve its environmental credentials. With minimal business set-up costs and high ease of doing business, capable companies in the field have the opportunity to establish in Ras Al Khaimah a strong hub to serve the Emirate and the region.”
This virtual conference witnessed the participation of several leading Canadian companies that provide advanced energy and renewable energy solutions, including "Hatch", "EllisDon" and "MHPM Project Managers Inc.", many of which have long experience working in regional markets.
Companies that presented in the Webinar:
Hatch is a global engineering and project management firm with over six decades of business and technical experience. Hatch responds quickly with solutions that are smart, efficient and innovative by drawing upon their 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries. Hatch has been operating in the Middle East for over 20 years. From its regional hub in Abu Dhabi, it provides high-end technical services to the mining and metals, infrastructure and energy markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council and beyond.
EllisDon, an employee-owned, $4 billion-a-year construction services company that has grown exponentially beyond its modest origins in London, Ontario. With over 5,000 salaried and hourly employees across fifteen national and international offices, EllisDon has become a leader in every sector and nearly every facet of the construction industry. EllisDon has positioned itself as a ‘Cradle To Grave’ Services Provider with guaranteed performance outcomes through its Capital Services, Facilities Management, and Sustainable Buildings Divisions. EllisDon is determined to lead the coming disruption in the construction sector, having recently created pioneering initiatives in Energy Management, Smart Buildings Software and Data Analytics.
About MHPM Project Managers Inc.
MHPM leads building and infrastructure projects. MHPM’s Get It Right Solution™ ensures they get it ready, get it built, and get it performing so investors, owners and occupants are certain of success. MHPM understands clients’ needs and vision, and brings an uncommon level of expertise to building and infrastructure developments. MHPM is the trusted advisors who act directly on clients’ behalf — independent of architects, design engineers and contractors — to protect clients’ interests. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Colliers Project Leaders, MHPM also draws upon the expertise of Canada’s leading independent project management consultancy to serve the GCC region. They have delivered more than 15,000 public and private sector projects during 30 years of service.
About Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and Reem
Ras Al Khaimah Municipality was established in 1959 by an Emiri decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi and since then works on providing a comfortable environment in which people can live and work. The Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) at Ras Al Khaimah Municipality coordinates the implementation of the RAK Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040, established under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The Strategy targets 30% energy savings, 20% water savings, and 20% generation from renewable energy sources by 2040.
About Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the northernmost of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its rich history, dating back 7,000 years, and diverse landscape, from 64km of pristine beaches, to terracotta deserts and an imposing mountain backdrop. The Emirate is home to the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais, which features the world’s longest zip line, at almost 3km.
Ras Al Khaimah is also centrally located at the modern crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa, with one third of the world’s population within four hour’s flying time, making it an ideal location for businesses to expand into the UAE, the Middle East and Africa and beyond. Indeed, the World Bank’s Doing Business report ranks Ras Al Khaimah 30th out of 190 economies for ease of doing business.
At the Emirate's economic heart lies multiple major companies and diverse sectoral interests, including manufacturing and tourism. Major companies include: RAK Ceramics, RAKBANK, Julphar Pharmaceuticals, RAK Ports, RAK Rock, Stevin Rock, RAK Economic Zone, RAK Gas. Supporting these industries is a modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art industrial areas and business parks and world-class hotels, facilities and attractions for tourists.
For the past decade, Ras Al Khaimah has been consistently rated ‘A’ by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies and already the Emirate is home to more than 38,000 businesses from 100 countries representing over 50 industries. RAK Courts is also the fastest court in the world at enforcing contracts in commercial disputes.
Media Contact: Ruqiya Shariff, Reem Office, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality
Media Contact: Akiko Onozuka, Consulate General of Canada in Dubai
Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office: www.rakmediaoffice.ae/
Consulate General of Canada in Dubai: https://www.international.gc.ca/country-pays/uae-eau/dubai.aspx?lang=eng
MHPM Project Managers Inc: https://www.mhpmdriver.com/
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