RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE, 14 November 2022: Ras Al Khaimah Municipality launched an energy audit programme for the industrial sector. Making the announcement through a Press release, the Municipality said the programme will help industrial companies identify energy-saving opportunities that will make them more environmentally friendly and competitive.
According to the Municipality, leading energy-conscious companies, such as RAK Ceramics, Stevin Rock, RAK Rock, Falcon Technologies, RAK Ports, Union Cements, Eternity Technologies and Future Architectural Glass, are among the first that signed agreements with it, during the RAK Energy Summit, on October 4 and 5, in Ras Al Khaimah, and have been slated to take part in the programme. The industrial sectors initially supported in the programme are cement, ceramics, quarries, glass, building materials, metal fabrication and packaging, the Municipality said.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the programme, H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar, Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, said: “The programme will support local industrial companies in identifying opportunities for energy savings and reduction of emissions that will help them remain competitive over the long run. I encourage all the industrial companies in Ras Al Khaimah, for whom energy is a main cost, to participate in this initiative.”
According to the Municipality, participating industries will receive an energy audit, conducted by expert energy auditors, and will periodically share progress of implementation with the Municipality. Audits are procured at scale with the support the Municipality. RAKBANK will provide a credit facility to dilute the cost of the audit over time, along with evaluating for any other financial support that such companies may need, the Municipality said.
Until now, the Municipality said, it has empanelled a total of seven expert industrial auditors using a competitive tender process. Participating companies can choose any of the empanelled auditors to conduct an energy audit, including onsite measurements and assessment of energy-saving opportunities, the Municipality said. The Reem Office of the Municipality will support both parties during the whole process by facilitating data collection and logistics as well as by providing technical support, the Municipality said.
In addition to the energy audits, the programme will include knowledge-sharing sessions with energy-efficiency experts as well as with suppliers of technologies and services, the Municipality said. These sessions will enable local industries to learn and follow best practices and use state-of-the-art technologies to become more energy efficient and contribute to achieving wider sustainability targets, the Municipality said.
According to the Municipality, the initiative is part of the Energy Management programme of Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040, and is in line with several strategies and policies, including ‘Operation 300bn’ of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the UAE Circular Economy Policy.