Etihad ES and Taqati urge Dubai hotels to think green

Etihad ES and Taqati urge Dubai hotels to think green
Ali Al Jasim.
Published: 14 December 2017 - 4 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ES) CEO Ali Al Jasim has predicted Dubai’ Sustainable Tourism initiative will actively contribute to the broader clean energy and sustainable development targets set by the Dubai Government.

Al Jassim was speaking at the Dubai Green Hotel Innovation conference.

Etihad ES, Taqati and Dubai Energy Efficiency Program participated in the event as supporting partners, encouraging the industry to adopt energy efficient solutions.

Ali Al Jassim officially opened the 2017 edition of the Dubai Green Hotel Innovation conference, which brought together key stakeholders of Dubai’s hospitality industry to discuss and explore currently available technologies and solutions that can help promote sustainability and provide dependable benchmarks against international standards.

The conference also drew attention to industry best practices and the latest innovations aimed at reducing operating costs and improving performance through sustainability and retrofitting programmes.

A presentation by Taqati executive director Aref Abou Zahr focused on the ‘Demand Side Management (DSM) Applications for Hotels’ to help assets understand different methods to reduce energy consumption in their facilities.

The presentation focused on Dubai DSM Strategy and highlighted the important role of the hotel sector in achieving energy consumption reduction targets of 30% by 2030.

Methods to achieve energy efficiency in Dubai hotels include adherence to green building regulations for new facilities, retrofitting for existing hotels, district cooling, standards and labels for appliances, water reuse and efficient irrigation, distributed solar energy and green procurement practice.

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