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UAE Need to Adopt Energy Management Systems

UAE Need to Adopt Energy Management Systems

UNITED Arab Emirate’s (UAE) future energy use will rely on energy efficient management systems according to a report by Trade Arabia.

According to Niraj Mathur, senior lead assessor at Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), adopting an Energy Management System-EnMS, like ISO 50001, is one of the best ways for the UAE to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption.

Speaking during the inaugural summit of the Centre of Excellence for Green Development at the Canadian University of Dubai. Mathur said: “The applications of an energy management system are mind-blowing. They are virtually limitless. At LRQA alone it has been successfully adopted in some of the biggest companies around, such as Emaar-ECM, BAE Systems Surface Ships, Agfa Graphics and AvnetAsia.

“As part of their energy management system, Emaar Community Management recently replaced 12,000 halogen light bulbs with LEDs across its high rise communities, resulting in an energy saving of 4.5 million KWH and a cost saving of over Dh2 million ($544,000).

“I think more companies in the UAE will adopt widespread energy management systems as they begin to see the cost benefits to their businesses. The plan from the ISO is for 60% of energy consumption worldwide to be influenced by ISO 50001 and that is certainly achievable here in a progressive and committed country like the UAE,” he added.

“Energy management systems, like the ISO 50001, can be applied to any kind of organization be it a private company or a governmental organisation.

“Every company uses energy, whether you are building swimming pools, doing computer systems, smelting aluminium or in logistics, you would look to design green, procure green and then operate green and that is the way forward.

“The need for energy efficiency in Dubai is well documented. Growth in population and a tremendous amount of consumerism have led to high rates of consumption in energy and that has led to issues with depletion of natural resources, looking at alternative resources and creating energy efficiency through Energy Management Systems is arguably the most practical way to affect change.

“In various countries governments are incentivising energy efficiency and alternate energy initiatives. Programs target large industrial plants and offer financial incentives for compliance as part of target setting agreement. They also provide opportunities for training and technical assistance and publicise sharing of best practices and best performers.

“An energy management system gives a robust, structured approach for planning, deploying and monitoring the energy use and consumption and deploying continual improvements. It is a natural route to a greener country,” Mathur concluded.

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Picture of Dubai by .EVO. from UAE (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Source: Trade Arabia

Monday 24th February 2014