Prevention of over 650,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the regional district cooling utility infrastructure company, has reduced the amount of energy utilized for cooling in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) by 1.3 billion kilowatt hours during 2015. This is enough electricity to power approximately 44,000 homes in the UAE every year.
This reduction in energy consumption, achieved by employing district cooling instead of conventional air conditioning, has prevented the release into the atmosphere of over 650,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 130,000 vehicles annually.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, district cooling benefits from significant energy efficiencies compared to conventional air conditioning, including approximately a 50% reduction in energy consumption.
Jasim Husain Thabet, Tabreed’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “As a nation, the UAE places a high priority on safeguarding the environment and on playing a constructive role in reducing CO2 emissions. Cooling has historically been a major consumer of energy in the region, representing more than 50% of annual energy demand. Forward-looking organizations have become increasingly aware that by utilizing district cooling technologies instead of conventional air conditioning, they are able to cut the amount of energy utilized for cooling by half, and therefore make a significant contribution to our region’s efforts to lower our carbon footprint.”
“Tabreed is proud to support many of the GCC’s most high-profile projects, and to work alongside our government and private partners to collectively contribute to the sustainable development of our region.”
Tabreed currently provides its district cooling services to many of the region’s iconic developments including all the projects on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, home to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Global Market, and all the projects on Yas Island such as Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Mall, as well as other national and regional landmarks such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai Metro, the Pearl – Qatar, and the Jabal Omar Development Project in the Holy City of Mecca.