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With what must be one of the biggest air-conditioning bills in the emirate, the company behind Dubai’s indoor ski slope is going green.
Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), the conglomerate that built Mall of the Emirates, aims to produce 5 per cent of its total energy in the next two years using solar photovoltaic technology.
The group runs 19 shopping malls in the region including Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, which has the region’s largest ski slope and indoor snow park.
MAF expects to save Dh3 million by installing LED lighting at all its malls. It says it has reduced energy consumption by 9 per cent across the 12 hotels in its portfolio.
"The business case for investing in renewable energy is strong, but the environmental case is equally as strong," said aid Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, head of sustainability at MAF Properties. "United Nations officials have warned the populations of 22 Arab countries could hit 600 million by 2050 and that energy demand will place increasing pressure on existing infrastructure. However, renewable energy sources have the potential to meet 80 percent of global demand by the same year."
MAF’s target is for solar technology at existing developments to reduce its carbon footprint by 27,000 absolute tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
A white paper on renewable energy published by the company suggests this emissions saving could be achieved for an investment of Dh152 million, with returns delivered within nine years.
source: The National
Lighting Expert, Martin Valentine presenting at the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates, July 20, 2016: Innovative lighting technologies have drastically changed the future of the lighting industry. The influence of new trends such as smart lighting and connected lighting have reshaped various lighting categories – architectural, indoor, outdoor, residential and street lighting, to name a few. Furthermore, industry reports indicate that the residential market is the largest market sector for LEDs and the global LED market share is expected to reach about 70 percent by the year 2020.
In the Middle East, UAE leads the way in undertaking a number of sustainable lighting initiatives. Against this backdrop, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit will be held on 26-27 September 2016 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the fifth edition of the summit will emphasize on the potential for saving energy, reduces maintenance and saving costs is significant by retrofitting to modern lighting technologies.
The two-day summit will feature a series of speaker sessions, panel discussions and case study presentations that will highlight topics pertaining to Abu Dhabi City Municipality’s sustainable lighting strategy, energy-efficient lighting solutions creating smart living spaces, technologies and real projects of open smart streetlight solutions, LED’s as the preferred choice for large scale projects, IoT combining with lighting for digital lighting era, natural light architecture, light pollution and the impact of street light on natural environment, building future cities of UAE with best quality of street lighting and the use of solar power in lighting.
Offering diverse perspectives on the lighting industry and the developments driving this change are renowned international and regional experts Martin Valentine, Abu Dhabi City Municipality; Stephane Le Gentil, Etihad ESCO; Paul Nulty of Nulty Lighting; Lee Barker-Field, AECOM; Paul Miles of LightTouch PLD; Dr. Simon Hugh Miller, Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council and Gerald Strickland, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA), to name a few. They will emphasize upon different energy-saving models and the developments in the lighting industry in the Middle East region.
In the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi government has taken substantial measures in moving from conventional lighting systems to the installation of energy-efficient LED street lights across its city. UAE’s street light conversion programs emphasizing on the adoption of new age lighting solutions have gained global recognition. With the shift to innovative lighting solutions, Abu Dhabi has led the way in implementing energy conserving initiatives. This move is expected to save nearly Dh3 billion over the next two decades.
To know more about the 5th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit, please log on to http://www.lightingsummit.com/. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLES2016.
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