EEG, the country’s most enthusiastic and pro-active environmental group, organized its 169th public lecture in Dubai Customs’ auditorium last evening.
Rigorously pursuing a tradition that goes back to the early days of the EEG, every month the NGO organizes what it calls “Community Lectures’ to educate and build awareness about various important environmental and sustainability related issues.
This year’s fourth lecture was aimed at helping industries to understand how to lower their energy consumption and costs associated with the use of compressed air systems. Opening the lecture, EEG’s Vice-Chair HE Abdul Aziz Al Midfa noted, “Compressed air is used throughout industrial activities and facilities.
Compressed air systems have many important uses for small to large industries, and typically accounts for 10% of total industrial electrical consumption.
Furthermore, delivery of compressed air and maintenance of the equipment are costly undertakings. Improvements arising from such management can go a long way to effectively save energy, lower maintenance costs, decrease downtime, increase production and improve product quality.” He also shared a few monthly updates related to EEG’s recent activities.
The keynote presentation was made by the guest speaker, Anil Hingorani, Regional Managing Director for the Middle East of Atlas Copco Services Middle East O.M.C. Mr. Hingorani has almost 30 years of experience in the compressor industry, with expertise in the domain of compression technology and clean air. He has spoken in many international forums and has released an authoritative paper on the subject, entitled, “Energy Efficiency in Compressed Air Systems”.
According to the expert, energy use in compressed air systems accounts for close to 99% of the CO2 footprint of an air compressor and approximately 80% of the life cycle costs of a compressor, over its lifetime.
He drew attention to the fact that in spite of the considerable investments and environmental impacts, there is a lack of attention to compressed air systems within industry. He explained that creating awareness is of key importance to encourage industries to learn how to save a great deal of energy and costs through a conscious process of selection and use of compressed air systems. Through the lecture Mr. Hingorani highlighted the relative importance of energy savings over the costs of investments made in energy saving features and processes.
The lecture was supported by Dubai Customs, and by Abela & Co. through the catering services for attendees and by Crystal Gallery that donated commemorative trophies for the speakers and supporting bodies.