6th IDEA International District Cooling Conference opens tomorrow

DUBAI: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airlines & Group at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the 6th IDEA International District Cooling Conference begins tomorrow in Dubai.

Organised by the International District Energy Association (IDEA), the event is hosted by Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower).

Mr. Rob Thornton, President & CEO, IDEA will deliver opening remarks followed by welcome address by Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower Energy Solutions and General Conference Chair.

Top dignitaries arriving in Dubai were upbeat on the international conference being organised in the Emirate, which is now host to the largest district cooling company in the world, Empower.

“We are delighted to throw light on the district cooling industry in the region. There has been enormous progress in this field, mainly in the UAE and particularly in emirate of Dubai. We will also highlight the competiveness of this industry that is becoming a real alternative to conventional cooling in many parts of the world, including the UAE,” said Mr. Rob Thornton.

“We thank H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum for his relentless support to this year’s IDEA conference,” added Thornton. “We would also like to thank Empower for its efforts in facilitating the return of this conference to Dubai a second time in four years. This event is an effective knowledge exchange platform for international and regional participants.” Ahmad Bin Shafar said: “We take pride in bringing this global conference and its companion exhibition to Dubai. Bringing this conference to the Emirate is clear evidence of the global recognition we have attained in the district cooling industry and the international appreciation for our efforts and vision.” He added: “The trade exhibition will see participation of 32 companies, serving as a platform for interaction with key players in the industry as well as open the door for visitors to keep abreast on latest district cooling solutions and products.” On the first day of the conference, there will be an opening plenary panel entitled “District Cooling – A Global Solution for More Sustainable Cities”. The day will also include an industry panel entitled “District Cooling – Cleaner Energy and Greener Cities” and a solutions-focused panel entitled “The Energy-Water Nexus”. Two other sessions will also be held to focus on “The Customer as a Partner” and discuss “Technology Innovations & Solutions”.

Key topics on sustainability in district cooling services will also be discussed on day one to encourage industry leaders to share successful case studies and key global and regional achievements.