630,000 TWhs of solar energy unused in MENA region
Alternative energy use to become a factor in choosing FM firms
Up to 630,000 terawatt hours of solar energy remain unused in the deserts of the MENA region, according to a recent report.
The “FM In the Middle East Market Intelligence Report 1 – 2011” released by forecast and analytics firm, ispy publishing, shows that alternative energy supply is an area whose benefits are under-utilised but one which will shape the selection process when appointing facilities managers in the future.
Reacting to the report, UAE-based FM firm Imdaad, has said that it thinks alternative energy sources are increasingly important for the growth of the MENA region’s facilities management sector.
The UAE-based FM firm has already said it is taking steps to create awareness about, and use the potential of alternative energy in, developing more energy-efficient and more cost-effective facilities management offerings in the Middle East.
Imdaad also said FM companies are in a much stronger position to lead efforts in promoting sustainable practices across the region in light of growing investments in FM services. It has been estimated that the FM sector in the GCC will reach a value of $10bn in 2012 alone, based on a recent study.
Imdaad CEO Jamal Abdulla Lootah said: “Solar energy sources in particular are considered to be the most under-utilised resources in the Middle East and we are determined to find innovative ways to promote and capitalise on this hugely untapped reserve.
"Imdaad strongly believes that alternative energy sources are a key component in our commitment to provide high-quality FM services that match the evolving needs of the society.
In addition to alternative energy, the report cited several other areas where new technologies can help the FM industry grow. These included cool roofing technology, which helps reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect; sophisticated project management applications; advanced HVAC systems; and social media, which serves as a tool in enhancing customer service capabilities and perception.