Etihad ESCO and Siemens to reduce energy consumption with retrofit project

Etihad ESCO says it is committed to making Dubai’s built environment a leading example of energy efficiency

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO

Etihad ESCO and Siemens are undertaking a retrofit project that will result in a reduction in the energy consumption of 115 mosques and two buildings. The project scope includes measurement and verification over a six-year contract period.

According to a statement, Siemens will be supporting Etihad ESCO in providing heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), water and lighting retrofit solutions, along with the installation of control systems to further reduce the energy consumption of HVAC and lighting. This will all be accomplished within the framework of the first phase of the program.

Once the retrofit is complete, Siemens says it will guarantee a 20.43% reduction in annual energy consumption, resulting in yearly savings of over $816,000. The energy and equipment performance post the implementation of the current project will be guaranteed for six years, with a payback period of 3.7 years, according to the contract.

“Mosques are capable of setting perfect examples of energy efficiency practices, thereby encouraging visitors to adopt the same. Installation of HVAC, water and lighting retrofit solutions, along with additional control systems will significantly lower energy consumption and generate huge savings across 115 mosques under IACAD’s management. We applaud the department’s commitment to supporting the Dubai Strategy and contribute to reduce 30% electricity and water demand in Dubai by 2030,” said Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO.

Etihad ESCO is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). The firm says it is currently working on retrofitting over 30,000 buildings in the emirate to ensure energy efficiency and manage rising energy demand.

“Smart infrastructure is the future of sustainable cities, and this project which reduces energy and water consumption at 115 mosques is a perfect example of how technology can significantly optimise performance. Dubai and the UAE are working towards ambitious targets for resource efficiencies, and I am pleased that Siemens is playing a key role in supporting this vital endeavour,” said Markus Strohmeier, senior executive vice president, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Middle East.

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