75.5mn ft2 of district cooling added in ME in 2014
The International District Energy Association reported over 1.2bn ft2 of district cooling-served building space has been added beyond North America since 2004
The Middle East installed an additional 75.5mn ft2 of district cooling over 2014, according to the latest figures released by the District Energy Association (IDEA).
The global industry monitoring organisation reported that, 1.2bn ft2 of district cooling-served building space, has been added beyong North America since 2004.
Commenting on the growth and huge potential of the district cooling market, HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “The sector is going from strength to strength, thanks to its competitive characteristics that make it the best alternative to conventional environment-depleting district cooling.”
Continuing, Bin Shafar pointed out that the industry has emerged as the ideal option for the region due to a number of different factors. These include reduced ambient noise, enhanced reliability and minimal maintenance.
According to statistics, district cooling uses 40-50% less energy than traditional air conditioning systems, which can account for 70% of building's electricity bill.
"The evidence of an upward Gulf trend toward district cooling is a positive sign and will ensure better service to people with less harm to natural resources. The use of less fresh water, minimised energy consumption and round the clock service make District Cooling the best of known alternatives," said Bin Shafar.
"The Middle East will continue to invest in this field for years to come. We are confident the region will record more impressive growth in the upcoming IDEA annual reports," he added.