Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is putting the spotlight on its path-breaking green energy initiatives and focus on promoting energy use efficiency at the 15th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2013 and the Dubai Global Energy Forum (DGEF) to be held from April 15 to 17, 2013, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
WETEX 2013 is held under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). DGEF, held alongside the global exhibition, is organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Both events are among the most important initiatives in the region to promote water and energy use sustainability.
At WETEX, the different businesses of ENOC will highlight their achievements and initiatives in promoting energy and water use efficiency, in line with the UAE’s ‘A green economy for sustainable development’ initiative. The businesses will also share their experience at SustainTalk, an ENOC initiative featuring a series of short and informative sessions aimed to share with the guests, who visit its stand at WETEX, the company’s latest contributions to sustainability and development.
Emirates Gas (EMGAS) will also share its experience on promoting sustainable transport, especially through use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as automotive fuel. ENOC Retail will highlight the success of the region’s first green fuel stations it has rolled out in Dubai, while ENOC ADMIN Services & Facilities will underline the energy and water conservation initiatives across the organisation’s facilities and buildings. Furthermore, ENOC Lubricants will provide an overview of the green products in its portfolio and how they contribute to a greener environment.
Saeed Khoory, Chief Executive Officer of ENOC and member of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “The UAE and Dubai are leading the regional dialogue on promoting sustainable development with a focus on conserving our precious energy resources. The ‘green vision’ outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum serves as a benchmark for all entities to continuously innovate and implement green practices that will mitigate any adverse impact on the environment, and conserve our resources for future generations. WETEX and DGEF are important platforms to highlight the message of sustainability to a wider audience, and ENOC is presenting some of our path-breaking advances at these events.”
He added: “We believe that our commitment towards strengthening environmental sustainability must be backed by concrete action and long-term planning. Our proud accomplishments, including the first green fuel station, the launch of green lubricants, and the concerted initiatives to promote the use of CNG as clean automotive fuel are important milestones in our journey to promote sustainability. We look forward to engaging with our stakeholders to contribute to the green vision of our nation and making a tangible difference to the community.”
While WETEX visitors can gain an overview of ENOC’s achievements in promoting environmental sustainability at its pavilion in Hall No 6, they can also benefit from a stronger understanding of the energy sector initiatives by attending the SustainTalk sessions to be held on all three days of WETEX.
Among these are details on the 'green service station' in the Middle East, located in The Greens neighbourhood in Emirates Living, Dubai. The station features advanced technological devices to contain petrol fumes released at the pump, and a variety of other state-of-the-art systems, including solar-powered lighting, a ‘waterless’ car-washing system, new waste segregation systems, and design upgrades to reduce noise pollution.
The green initiative led by EMGAS focuses on introducing CNG as transport fuel. The company is credited with launching CNG in Dubai through a pilot project with RTA in 2006. Diesel-operated wooden abras were converted to operate on CNG highlighting its effectiveness as an environment-friendly fuel ideal for all types of transportation modes. The project helped in saving fuel costs by 30 percent and expanded the lifetime of engines.
EMGAS has introduced CNG to fleet users such as Dubai Municipality, DP World, Emirates Group, Transguard and DEWA, among others. To initiate green solutions in gas-based applications, EMGAS also developed its first CNG mobile filling station in 2007. Most recently, EMGAS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Municipality to treat land and sewage waste to generate Compressed Natural Gas.
EMGAS is now setting up an advanced facility to convert waste to bio-methane, from what is currently being flared, and then condense it into compressed natural gas that will be used as an automotive green fuel. The CNG will be marketed for use as automotive fuel, which will reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable development. When the project is fully complete, it can provide CNG to approximately 15,000 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles per day.
Among the green lubricants to be highlighted include PROTEC Green for gasoline engines and VULCAN Green for diesel engines. Both are designed to ensure better health for vehicles and lower levels of greenhouse gas emission.
ENOC is committed to protecting the environment and promoting energy use efficiency. The company undertakes year-round awareness activities as well as rolls out innovative programmes for a greener future.