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Emirates News Agency – 3rd Abu Dhabi Retrofit Technology Summit discusses energy efficiency, retrofit strategies

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ABU DHABI, 6th June, 2023 (WAM) — The third edition of the Abu Dhabi Retrofit Technology Summit kicked off today with the participation of more than 200 high-level decision makers from the energy efficiency, sustainability and retrofit sectors.
Officially hosted by Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a subsidiary of the TAQA Group, the summit was themed “Unlocking Abu Dhabi’s Retrofit and Energy Efficiency Potential”.
The meeting focused on energy efficiency and retrofit strategies to achieve Abu Dhabi’s energy goals. These included keynote speeches by Khalid Mohamed Al Qubaisi, CEO of ADES, and Ahmed Juma Ghanim Al Falasi, Acting Executive Director of Energy Efficiency, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.

In his keynote address, ADES CEO Khalid Al Qubaisi explored the impact of underestimated energy efficiency, which could help meet the 50% emission reduction requirement. Al Qubaisi spoke about the successful completion of the UAE University Campus Retrofit Project, which achieved an energy efficiency savings of 27%, including 88 million kWh of energy and 400,000 cubic meters of water. He commented: “The RetrofitTech Summit hosted by ADES provides a unique platform to pool our collective efforts and resources in pursuit of a sustainable, prosperous and environmentally conscious Abu Dhabi.”

Ahmed Al Falasi spoke about Abu Dhabi’s energy goals and the importance of Abu Dhabi’s Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce electricity consumption by 22% and water consumption by 32% by 2030. He highlighted that the building retrofit program for existing buildings in Abu Dhabi is a key pillar of Abu Dhabi’s demand-side management strategy, accounting for more than 13% of the total energy savings, equivalent to more than 2,700 GWh of energy savings, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy .

Summit participants then heard insights from KEO Sustainability & Environmental Services on sustainably retrofitting existing buildings for energy efficiency, with a special focus on hotels from Colliers Project Leader ME and Taka Solutions on retrofit projects in a follow-up session financing model.

Tomorrow’s session will explore incentives for green retrofits, the importance of window and facade retrofit planning, HVAC retrofits, and a panel session on making buildings sustainable through operations and maintenance optimization.

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