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The event de­lib­er­ated easy fi­nanc­ing so­lu­tions for retro­fit and so­lar projects that are avail­able for de­vel­op­ers.

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Eti­had ESCO or­gan­ises retro­fit aware­ness pro­gramme in Dubai.

Eti­had En­ergy Ser­vice Com­pany (Eti­had ESCO) or­gan­ised a retro­fit work­shop on 27 Septem­ber 2018, to raise aware­ness on the ris­ing rel­e­vance of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and to dis­cuss ways to ad­dress chal­lenges, in­clud­ing fi­nanc­ing, that im­pede the wide­spread adop­tion of build­ing retrofits.

The event, Dubai Retro­fit and De­vel­op­ers Aware­ness Pro­gram, was suc­cess­ful in help­ing the at­ten­dees gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of retrofitting as a tool to achieve en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, along with the ben­e­fits of en­ergy au­dits and retrofitting projects.

Ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges re­lated to fi­nanc­ing, the ses­sion de­lib­er­ated easy fi­nanc­ing so­lu­tions for ret- rofit and so­lar projects that are avail­able for de­vel­op­ers.

Ali Al Jas­sim, CEO, Eti­had ESCO, high­lighted that al­most 8% of elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion sav­ings and over

4% of wa­ter con­sump­tion sav­ings were achieved in

2017, com­pared to nor­mal con­sump­tion lev­els. This cor­re­sponds re­spec­tively to

3.3 TWh per year of elec­tric­ity saved, and to 4.9 bil­lion Im­pe­rial Gal­lons per year of de­sali­nated wa­ter saved. Fur­ther­more, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Eti­had ESCO’s clients pre­sented suc­cess­ful retro­fit case stud­ies im­ple­mented by the com­pany at their fa­cil­i­ties. The speak­ers in­cluded Faisal Ali Rasid from Supreme Coun­cil of En­ergy, Ar­mando from DEWA, Sid­diqui Kaleem from Dubai Air­ports, Suhas Inam­dar from Al Wasl, and Mo­ham­mad Na­j­jar from DIFC.

In ad­di­tion, the work­shop dis­cussed the im­por­tance of so­lar in en­hanc­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of build­ings. It em­pha­sised that the ideal and most ef­fi­cient phase to in­cor­po­rate so­lar is dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the build­ing. Eti­had ESCO also pre­sented suc­cess­ful so­lar case stud­ies from the re­gion and drew at­ten­tion to the po­ten­tial of so­lar rooftops and car park. As Eti­had ESCO con­tin­ues to work to­wards stim­u­lat­ing the build­ing retro­fit mar­ket that should gen­er­ate around 800 mil­lion worth of en­ergy sav­ings on the util­ity bill of end users by 2030 the fo­rum dis­cussed the role of mea­sure­ment and ver­i­fi­ca­tion (M&V) as an es­sen­tial tool for ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing of en­ergy sav­ings. Var­i­ous sus­tain­abil­ity ser­vices pro­vided by Eti­had ESCO were also ex­plained.

Al Jas­sim said: “The build­ing sec­tor holds huge po­ten­tial in the achieve­ment of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in less­en­ing the im­pact of cli­mate change. A range of struc­tural and ar­chi­tec­tural changes can be in­cor­po­rated at the de­sign­ing stage it­self to make a huge dif­fer­ence, al­though, the aware­ness lev­els about th­ese pos­si­bil­i­ties re­main quite low. The work­shop was suc­cess­ful in en­gag­ing de­vel­op­ers and other stake­hold­ers in mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sions, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges that pose hin­drance to the adop­tion of th­ese mea­sures.”

TAQATI elab­o­rated on the sig­nif­i­cance of ca­pac­ity build­ing and train­ing in im­prov­ing the de­liv­ery of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency projects. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a di­verse group of or­gan­i­sa­tions at­tended the work­shop, in­clud­ing Emaar prop­er­ties, Union Prop­er­ties, Az­izi De­vel­op­ments, Di­a­mond De­vel­op­ers, Om­niyat, Al Wasl Prop­er­ties, Dubai In­vest­ment and Mey­dan Group.

Ali Al Jas­sim, CEO, Eti­had ESCO.

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