Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation “Empower” has announced that the total number of buildings provided with its district cooling services has increased to 1,252 by the end of 2020, marking 6% growth comparing to 2019. This reinforces the company’s position as the world’s largest district cooling services provider.
Empower has indicated that its diversified portfolio covers all the major sectors in Dubai, with the residential sector maintaining the top position in the list of company's clients by 64%, followed by the commercial sector with 15%. The hospitality sector has increased its share from 13% to 14% in 2020 and the healthcare sector has a share of 3%. The other major sectors such as educational, industrial, and retail sectors together held the remaining 4%.
The company has connected its services to many iconic projects in Dubai during the period, most notably of which is Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel that stands on the Bluewaters Island and three stations in the Route 2020 of Dubai Metro also were connected last year. The hospitality sector that has increased its share in company’s portfolio includes the major hotel projects such as the Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites, Adagio The Palm, 7 Palm and Paramount Tower Hotel.
The performance of the company reflects the increasing demand from project developers and real estate owners for district cooling services provided by Empower, which explains the huge growth in the portfolio of projects benefiting from the company’s environmentally friendly services from its inception.
Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said, "Dubai's urban boom has cemented the trends of the real estate development industry in adopting energy-efficient solutions to ensure greater protection of the environment and future generations’ resources." “70% of the total electricity in the UAE is consumed for space cooling, hence the importance of adopting district cooling services solutions which saves 50% up to of energy compare to conventional methods. This runs in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to transform the Emirate into a global center of green energy and green economy, and to strengthen its position to become the world’s lowest carbon footprint city”, he added.
Bin Shafar pointed out all major sectors in Dubai use district cooling service with international standards. These include: residential and commercial buildings, hospitality and healthcare establishments, educational institutions as well as shopping and entertainment centers. He also emphasized that the increase in the number of buildings benefiting from Empower's services reflects the company’s efforts and commitment to provide efficient district cooling services by using revolutionary technologies, as per the highest international standards and best practices.
Empower provides district cooling services to more than 1,252 buildings, catering to more than 140,000 customers, with a total cooling capacity of 1.64 million Refrigeration Tons (RT). The Company offers eco-friendly district cooling services to a number of high-profile developments, such as Dubai Waterfront, Bluewaters, Dubai International Financial Centre, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall and many others.
Source: Cicero and Bernay