ECSSR 18th an­nual en­ergy con­fer­ence con­cludes

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ABU DHABI

The Emi­rates Cen­tre for Strate­gic Stud­ies and Re­search (ESCCR) in Abu Dhabi on Tues­day ended its 18th an­nual en­ergy con­fer­ence, a two- day con­fer­ence en­ti­tled "Tech­nol­ogy and the Fu­ture of En­ergy" which looked at some of the tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment in the en­ergy in­dus­try and the vi­a­bil­ity of re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies.

Elec­tric­ity de­mand in the UAE is expected to dou­ble from 2010 to 2020, said Khalid Ab­dul­lah Al Sal­lal, Pro­fes­sor of Sus­tain­able De­sign and Build­ing Tech­nol­ogy at UAE Univer­sity, who spoke at the con­fer­ence.

"In 2007 in Abu Dhabi, the elec­tric­ity peak load was about 6,000 megawatts. That's es­ti­mated to have in­creased 15 to 20 per cent ev­ery year, so in 2015 this will be at 16 gi­gawatts," Al Sal­lal said.

He said that com­mer­cial build­ings make up 46 per cent of the elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion while res­i­den­tial build­ings make up 34 per cent. Al Sal­lal said that while this is like any other part of the world where build­ings con- sume most en­ergy and are the largest emit­ters of car­bon diox­ide, some ac­tion needs to be done to im­prove ef­fi­ciency of build­ings.

" So in­stead of just de­sign­ing what we do to­day which is not en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­sive build­ings, we need to de­sign our build­ings to re­spond to the cli­mate needs," he said. " Cur­rently in the UAE, most build­ings es­pe­cially the new ones are to­tally sealed, and that's very bad for en­ergy in terms of con­sump­tion and very bad for health," he said.

Trans­porta­tion is an­other en­ergy- in­ten­sive sec­tor, which ac­counted for 19 per cent of global fi­nal en­ergy con­sump­tion in 2007, and is expected to be the source of 90 per cent of the in­crease in world oil use be­tween 2010 and 2035.

Pro­fes­sor Ebrahim Ab­dul Gelil Al Sayed, Di­rec­tor of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Pro­gramme at the Ara­bian Gulf Univer­sity at the King­dom of Bahrain, told Gulf News that the is­sue of trans­porta­tion in the Gulf re­gion has to do with the so­ci­ety's per­cep­tion of pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

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