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Emicool gears up for sustainability drive

District Cooling utility opts for an all-electric vehicle fleet in a bit to lower its carbon footprint

| | Apr 3, 2019 | 4:57 pm
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Dubai, UAE, 3 April 2019: Emirates District Cooling LLC (Emicool) has underlined its efforts towards sustainability with a decision to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet, comprising Renault ZOE cars, delivered by Arabian Automobiles, and a commitment to provide six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the support of DEWA, the District Cooling utility said through a Press communiqué. 

Representatives from Emicool, Arabian Automobiles and Renault Middle East with the Renault ZOE

Emicool will launch phase 1 of the project by adopting the Renault Zoe for 40% of its fleet, and will add 30% pickup-style vehicles in September, before transforming 100% of its fleet by Q1 of 2020, the communiqué said. The move to replace the entire fleet with electric models will reduce CO₂ emissions by 400 ton CO₂ per year, while the decision to make EV charging spots available, part of Emicool’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, will give the general public the opportunity to live greener and more sustainable lives, the communiqué added.

The communiqué quoted Dr Adib Moubadder, CEO, Emicool, as saying: “Emicool provides a viable, sustainable solution to air conditioning requirements in this region, and sustainability is part of our mission – to provide a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly District Cooling service, which helps to reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. We have always implemented clean energy programmes to achieve energy efficiency and renewable energy, as aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. Our new fleet of electric cars and our green public parking spots are just further evidence of our initiatives to help promote environmental and economic sustainability.”

According to the communiqué, last year, Emicool received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) global certifications for its quality, energy and environmental management systems. It also became the first District Cooling agency in the MENA region to be conferred the ‘Global Conformity GC Mark’ as a certified green company. Other efforts in sustainability at Emicool include a 70KW solar car parking system and plans for a 2.8MW solar farm.

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