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Empower participates in Rapid Assessment of Indian cities for District Cooling

At Phase 1, Empower identifies Pune and Coimbatore as part of its partnership with UNEP's ‘District Energy in Cities’ initiative

EMPOWER, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, recently participated in the Rapid Assessment of Indian Cities for District Cooling program which is part of the ‘District Energy in Cities initiative’, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The move comes of the heels of Empower being selected by UNEP as a partner of this global initiative.

Empower visited India to assess Pune and Coimbatore and share its global experience with the decision makers in these cities. The delegation from Empower, attended the assessment along with partners from UNEP.

As part of the assessment, the team met officials from Pune and Coimbatore city councils, analysed infrastructure level, and discussed requirements for district energy in these cities. The team also collected data required for effective implementation of district energy.

“During this rapid assessment, our technical experts worked with both officials from cities to identify potential for DC as well as barriers. We are happy to be referred by the UNEP to such high potential Indian cities,” said HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer of Empower. “We are keen to share our international experience with these Indian cities as part of our objective of spreading District Cooling technology around the world,” HE added.

“We firmly believe in the potential of cities transitioning to DC. Our involvement in this program supports global transformation efforts to have the transition from the heating and cooling sector to low-carbon DC and raise awareness of energy efficient solutions,” Bin Shafar added.

“When UNEP officially selected us during the International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Boston in June, we put a comprehensive plan in place. Our team outlined the requirements for developing an advanced district cooling systems in selected Indian cities as Phase 1. The effort will be repeated in more cities in African and Latin American countries, as planned by the project team,” added Bin Shafar.

During the assessment, Empower put on display the most advanced technologies of District Cooling, highlighting its benefits, competencies, sustainable factors, and ideal operational plans. The company showcased case studies from its projects in Dubai, to help these cities implement the latest advancements in the industry.

The Empower delegation visited potential sites for district energy projects in these cities. Many topics were discussed by Empower and the attending authorities, such as current energy strategy and city’s objectives, local regulations around cooling such as daytime and night time temperature minimums, local, regional or national policy programmes designed to incentivise changes to the cooling system, such as refrigerant switching subsidies, air con efficiency payments, etc.

These topics included all technical details related to DES systems and the rapid assessment; proposals and goals for energy efficiency under SMART city proposal; relevant regulations related to urban development and planning, including building efficiency standards, previous assessments of cooling in the city/region, environmental considerations for project execution, electricity consumption by consumer category and cooling demand information, electricity tariff structure; information on current cooling technologies (kW, COPs, refrigerants) in use; and cooling demand growth projections; as well as many other technical and operational topics.

“As a follow-up to this visit, we will send another delegation to other Indian cities in coming months for a project study. This demonstrates UNEP’s trust and the success of our Pune and Coimbatore visit,” concluded Bin Shafar.

Empower currently operates more than 1 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.