Etihad Energy to Host the 4th Annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit and Awards
In line with their collective efforts to make Dubai a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world, Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO) and TAQATI- the dedicated program management office for the Dubai Demand Side Management (DSM) strategy - are hosting and strategically endorsing the 4th Annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit and Awards on April 10 and 11, 2018. The event, scheduled to take place at Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai, will showcase some of the latest innovation and retrofit technology being introduced to the market and shed the light on more retrofit project opportunities across the emirate.
The upcoming edition of the RetrofitTech Dubai Summit will bring more than 250 industry stakeholders and subject-matter experts together to discuss, debate and identify innovative ways to add value to the retrofitting initiatives undertaken by public and private entities across the UAE and the region. The forum will also evaluate the progress made in driving the adoption of retrofit programs and provide an update on the retrofitting projects being implemented across the UAE. Latest project opportunities to retrofit government buildings, as well as buildings in commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and industrial sectors, will be showcased. Furthermore, the event will turn the spotlight on future financing models, regulatory frameworks and requirements.
With an aim to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030, Etihad ESCO is gearing up to implement AED 400 million worth of projects, branching out beyond building retrofits into industrial retrofits and solar power projects. These include improving the performance of the facilities owned by Dubai Police, Islamic Affair Mosques, Dry Docks, DXB & DWC Airport (Phase II).
Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 edition of the Summit and will elaborate on the achievements, highlights and success of retrofit programs led by the company in Dubai. In addition, he will also take part in a panel discussion titled ‘Financing Retrofit Projects in the UAE.’
He said: “The building sector has the biggest potential to mitigate the impact of climate change in both developed and developing countries, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Etihad ESCO is proud to spearhead Dubai’s transformation into one of the most sustainable cities in the world by driving wide-spread adoption of energy efficient practices including building retrofits. I am confident that the upcoming RetrofitTech Dubai Summit will successfully engage participants in a meaningful way to discuss and streamline initiatives aimed at further boosting the adoption of this practice.”
Aref Abou Zahr, Executive Director, TAQATI will deliver a presentation on ‘Preparing for the Future of the Energy Efficiency Triad’ and will participate in a panel discussion titled ‘Exploring Additional Benefits for Retrofitted Buildings’ on April 10. Retrofitting, is a key requirement to substantially reduce the energy footprint of the existing building stock in line with the Dubai DSM Strategy which. We are targeting the retrofit of 30,000 building by 2030, with the government sector leading by example on the adoption of retrofit projects across Dubai, we are optimistic that more private and public entities will follow suit.” said Abou Zahr.
The 4th Annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit will also see Ibrahim Mohammad, Director, Execution Department, Etihad ESCO present a session titled ‘Stimulating the EPC market – The Etihad ESCO way.’ Shadi Al Kadi, Director, Program Management, TAQATI, will moderate the panel discussion titled ‘Using Data and Analytics for Increased Energy Performance and Control.’ Joyce Honeine, Senior Manager, Awareness and Capacity Building, TAQATI, will be a participant in the panel discussion titled ‘How to Implement a Multi Sector Retrofit Program’. Prior to the Summit, the RetrofitTech Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held on April 9 at Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai.
Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO)
Etihad, Arabic for “Union” is inspired by the United Arab Emirates legacy that spans over four decades of development and progress.
Etihad ESCO is inspiring cross sector actions and partnerships among multiple Stakeholders to create and sustain a vibrant market for energy performance Contracts.
Dubai is one of the leading cities in the world implementing a city–wide strategic buildings energy efficiency program with tangible Social, Environmental and Economic benefits.
Etihad’s purpose is to serve the strategic goal of the United Arab Emirates pursuing a green economy for sustainable development by making Dubai a global model of green economy transition through leadership, partnership and adoption of energy efficiency technologies.
Dubai is committed to the goal of becoming one of the most energy efficient cities in the world and is reinforcing its position as a global center and destination for sustainability development. The target to save 30% electricity and water in 17 years is one of the most aggressive globally.
Given the importance of the DSM target of reducing energy consumption by 30% by 2030 and the different stakeholders involved to make it happen, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE)established TAQATI in January 2016, as the dedicated Program Management Office for the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy.
TAQATI is set up under Etihad ESCO, a wholly-owned DEWA subsidiary. The institutional setup for TAQATI ensures clear reporting lines to and effective governance from DSCE. It interacts with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders to provide coherent and comprehensive DSM Strategy implementation management.