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Unleashing the power of blockchain

Adham Sleiman, VP, Booz Allen Hamilton, MENA, and Rafael Mateo, Senior Associate, Digital Energy, assess the institutional, commercial and technological challenges to the adoption of blockchain technology in the renewable energy space in the GCC region

Added: Mar 5, 2019 | By Ranjana Konatt

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‘Sustainability requires significant shift in mindset’

Sébastien Arbola, CEO, Engie MESCAT (Middle East, South and Central Asia and Turkey), speaks with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on how regulation could pave the way for the alignment of public and private sector interests, the need for greater collaboration in the move towards sustainability and solar power’s future role in alleviating the heavy demand of air conditioning on existing energy grids. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Feb 12, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy

The gravity of the climate situation is quite obvious

H.E. François Hollande, during his time as French President, committed USD 1 billion towards UN’s Green Climate Fund to reduce the impact of climate change. A year later, in 2015, he brought in the Energy Transition Law to reduce France’s dependence on nuclear power. Hollande spoke to Susannah Streeter, Anchor for the BBC, during the World Green Economy Summit, which took place on October 24 and 25 in Dubai. Excerpts from the on-stage interaction, presented by Surendar Balakrishnan…

Added: Dec 4, 2018 | By B Surendar

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‘Innovation is key to achieving energy efficiency’

In the United Arab Emirates, 44% of projects will use renewable energy by 2050, Saudi Arabia is aiming for 10% by 2023 and Kuwait for 15% by 2030, says President, Ted Jacob Engineering

Added: Oct 7, 2018 | By Ranjana Konatt

A culture of cooperation

Denmark’s leadership role in the field of sustainability is not by chance – it is the result of an entire nation’s concerted effort to make sure that going green makes economic sense, for all stakeholders involved. What mechanisms are in place to help the country achieve its ambitious objectives and how is Denmark able to operate a District Energy infrastructure that is sustainable and cost-effective for consumers? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Aug 12, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

‘ Make our planet great again’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s call to “Make our planet great again”, against the backdrop of the One Planet Summit, has emboldened stakeholders in the field of sustainability. What paradigm shift has this caused in terms of building practices and how are French HVACR manufacturers capitalising on the momentum to edge out competition in foreign markets? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Jul 29, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

‘District Cooling needs to become the new normal’

Erik Solheim, Head of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), speaks exclusively to Climate Control Middle East on the progress of global support for the Kigali Amendment, the uptake of District Energy and its viability for the region, how policy paves the way for innovation and the growing recognition of clean air as a basic human right. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy...

Added: Apr 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

The sky is not an infinite sink

Let us renew our hearts and re-engineer our minds, says Dr Iyad Al-Attar, as he examines the underlying links among power generation, air pollution and air quality.

Added: Mar 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

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40%, 70%

These are the numbers Copenhagen-based utility, Hofor says it is able to post in terms of economic benefits for its customers, and of carbon emission reductions. A profile...

Added: Jan 17, 2018 | By B Surendar

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On the road to 2030

With nearly a year having gone by since Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 was unveiled, Climate Control Middle East takes a look at what the Kingdom has been doing to ensure that its policies and programmes are aligned with the transformational reforms outlined in the framework, and how the HVACR industry is faring in the resultant economic climate.

Added: Mar 27, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

Green growth needs incentives, better enforcement of building codes

On the sidelines of AMWAJ 2016*, Ruba Al-Zu'bi, the CEO of EDAMA Association, an NGO based in Jordan, spoke with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about her experience as a founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council and shared details about the country’s efforts in promoting green growth and sustainable development. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Mar 1, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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State of the industry: Building performance

The leadership in the GCC region has been introducing a raft of vision statements and measures to encourage, urge and support the multiple stakeholders to raise the bar on building performance. Such path-breaking initiatives and thought-processes as region-specific Green Building regulations, building-retrofit programmes, nearly zero-energy buildings, smart cities and IoT point to the right direction in terms of intent. Broadly, we are witness to market transformation and positive disruptive approaches, which have the potential to cut project timelines, and improve energy efficiency, indoor environment, reliability and resource conservation. But are building owners, architects, consultants, sub-consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and FM firms prepared to align themselves with these changes, broadly speaking? Are they showing a willingness to rise to the occasion? Or, are there factors – some self-induced and some beyond their control – that are proving to be challenges in the pathway to optimising their performance towards delivering better buildings? In September, Climate Control Middle East published the first part of the report, where the focus was on the MEP consultancy industry. In this, the concluding part, the spotlight is on the MEP contracting industry… 

Added: Oct 30, 2016 | By B Surendar

One for all, all for one

The onus is on the private sector to align itself to regional governments in their efforts to mitigate climate change, and to embrace solar energy as a giant leap towards a better and safer tomorrow, writes Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi

Added: Oct 27, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Biomass energy – back to basics

Calling it the future of energy, George A Kenich, CEO of Anagenesis Ecosystems Innovations, makes a case for biomass energy and exemplifies how it can meet the region’s sustainable power demands.

Added: Oct 2, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

‘The HVAC industry has a great task ahead’

Underlining that innovative solutions will help save energy and the environment in the long run, Dr Mohanad Alshaikh says that energy efficiency in all forms is vital to achieve Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, in which all companies need to be stakeholders.

Added: | By CCME Content Team

The Kingdom enters a new era

With its recently launched Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is planning to introduce social, political and economic reforms, aimed at reducing its dependence on oil, diversifying its economy and establishing the country as a global investment powerhouse. In light of one of the Middle East's biggest markets announcing such sweeping and ambitious reforms, what could the future hold for the region's construction and HVACR industries?

Added: | By Fatima de la Cerna

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‘District Cooling doesn’t have to be different to be better’

From a new entrant in the arena to a viable option, District Cooling has come a long way in Qatar, with many players vying for a bigger share of the country’s mega-project pie, while remaining cost- and energy-efficient. B Surendar speaks to Robert Miller, Technical Specialist District Cooling, Design Department, Marafeq Qatar, on a wide range of issues emanating from this scenario.

Added: Jul 10, 2016 | By B Surendar

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The world’s first robot-staffed hotel makes a cool choice

Hideo Sawada, Chairman of H.I.S. Co and CEO of HUIS TEN BOSCH Co, shares with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, the reason behind the decision to open a hotel run almost entirely by robots. He also talks about radiant panel air conditioning system and how using it helps Japan’s Henn-na Hotel achieve what he calls the “ultimate in efficiency” while offering its guests “comfort that lies beyond the ordinary”.

Added: | By Fatima de la Cerna

Solar energy in Dubai: Sun is our limit

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, in an article written against the backdrop of announcing Dubai Solar Show, to be held from October 4 to 6, has underscored the potential of solar energy. We bring you the excerpts…

Added: May 29, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Minister of Energy visits DEWA’s Sustainable Building

Utility says that the visit is one among a series by the Minister of Energy to local energy organisations to enhance communications between the Ministry and its strategic partners

Added: May 26, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Banking on retrofitting

To encourage investments in retrofit projects, ESCOs must highlight the business angle of energy efficiency, and not get bogged down by technicalities of energy saving, says expert. 

Added: May 12, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘We would like to see a lot more of integrated building design’

David Underwood, ASHRAE President*, and B Surendar, Editorial Director & Associate Publisher, CPI Industry, met during ACREX 2016 in Mumbai, India, for a discussion on the HVACR industry. Their conversation covered a wide arc encompassing subjects like integrated building design, efficacy of District Cooling, tightening cold chain to reduce food wastage, sub-metering and nuclear energy. We bring you the excerpts.

Added: Apr 28, 2016 | By B Surendar

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