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Dubai World Trade Centre signs MoU with Etihad ESCO

Etihad ESCO to assist DWTC in conducting feasibility study on energy retrofits

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad ESCO to review its energy performance and consumption levels.

The MoU will assess the energy efficiency performance of DWTC’s existing facilities to evaluate their suitability for energy retrofits. Stephane Le Gentil, CEO, Etihad ESCO commented “Etihad ESCO has been established to support the Dubai Plan 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce energy demand by 30 per cent by 2030. Etihad ESCO works to promote the optimal use of energy, improve the energy efficiency market and retrofit over 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai,”

The MoU was signed by Stephane Le Gentil, CEO, Etihad ESCO and Abdulrahman Obaid Abualshawareb, Senior Vice President – Protocol & Facilities Management, DWTC in presence of H.E. Saeed Al Tayer, MD& CEO, Dubai Electric and Water Authority (DEWA), H.E. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of DTCMand CEO of DWTC,Eng. Waleed Salman, EVP DEWA.

“DWTC is the leading venue for regional events and it will be our endeavour to curb any excess power usage, and look for possible avenues to retrofit existing buildings and facilities with sustainable alternatives,” added Le Gentil.
This move is in line with the directive of the Supreme Council of Energy that requires all UAE Government entities to audit their buildings and prepare plans for energy retrofits.

Abdulrahman Obaid Abualshawareb, Senior Vice President – Protocol & Facilities Management, DWTC said, “DWTC serves as a hub for over two million visitors who come to the venue each year. As we continue to attract more international congresses and high-profile events, we are delighted to partner with Etihad ESCO to assess ourenergy usage and take the necessary steps to achieve long-term, sustainable energy efficiency.”

Etihad ESCO creates a platform for Energy Services Companies (ESCO) to provide comprehensive energy efficiency, water efficiency and operational efficiency solutions to address the growing needs of Dubai’s energy industry.
“Etihad ESCO encourages other ESCOs to participate in the tenders that are published on the firm’s web site. Also, we encourage ESCOs to enrol under the accreditation scheme of the Dubai Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau, as this allowsthem to be officially registered in the Dubai ESCO market and participate easily in the future projects,” added Le Gentil.