Waste not, want not
We review some of the FM initiatives at the World Future Energy Summit
Offsetting carbon emissions and launching a RFID for waste containers were some of the FM initiatives at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi last month.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs publicised the launch of its Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at the fourth annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi recently.
DECC was created in March 2010 due to the increase of climate making decisions in the Emirate’s domestic and international policy. It has three areas of responsibility; liaison with IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), International Mandate and International Organisations and Supporting a National Strategy.
“The UAE is providing specific support for IRENA activities through a wide range of channels,” a Ministry spokesman said.
“For example, the Masdar Institute has scholarships for international students selected with IRENA’s advice to study renewable energy topics. And, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has committed $350 million over seven years to support renewable energy projects in developing countries with IRENA guidance.”
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and hosted by Masdar, the event looked at developing sustainable energy solutions and investment in the environment.
FM initiatives included Farnek Avireal, which launched its hotel optimizer web based tool for the hospitality industry, Al Serkal looking for partners to expand its edible oil treatment plant and Dulsco’s RFID system (radio frequency indicator device) for waste management operations.
The next Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) meeting is in Abu Dhabi in April 2011 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will launch a special report on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi in May 2011.
Farnek Avireal partnered with Swiss not-for-profit foundation, myclimate last year to help companies reduce their environmental impact offsetting carbon emissions.
Projects include the Swiss Embassy in Abu Dhabi which will pay approximately $1,390 a year to myclimate, to offset the cost of emissions of its energy and water consumption.
It has also signed a deal with Movenpick Hotels and Resorts to look at its programme of sustainability with the Green Globe Certification (CGC), which could cut its annual carbon emissions by more than 150,000 tonnes saving utility costs by about $5 per room, per night.
As a preferred partner and certified auditor of Green Globe, Avireal will provide all consultation and auditing of the hotel chain using its internet based tool, the Energy Management and Benchmarking Hotel Optimzer to become Green Globe certified by the end of 2011 and wants to reduce its energy consumption by 20% by the end of 2012.
“We are working with myclimate to help our customers manage their CO² emissions and by offsetting their carbon emissions to be carbon neutral,” said Mohamed Abdelhamid, business development manager, Farnek Avireal.
“There are two ways to be carbon neutral; reduce your energy consumption and second, try to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible by offsetting the cost of emissions. It is impossible to be zero carbon neutral but we encourage clients to do the best that they can.”
The company has introduced a piece of IT software called the Hotel Optimizer so that employers in the hospitality industry can analyse the consumption of their building and the costs associated with energy, water and waste disposal.
“A survey by Farnek Avireal found five-star city hotels in Dubai are using up to 225% more energy than their counterparts in Europe. With energy saving related to cost saving, the findings highlighted major savings potential for hotels in Dubai and throughout the region, boosting their bottom line performance,” added Abdelhamid.
“The industry norm for benchmarking energy consumption is to compare consumption to the total air conditioned area in kWh/m².
However, the hotel industry can use other more focused benchmarks including water consumption per hotel guest. To prepare a level playing field, total consumption was divided by service units, which represented one guest night, four food and beverage covers or 10 conference delegates.
The results were recorded using www.hotel-optimizer.com and then compared with similar surveys carried out in Europe. It reveled hotels in Dubai on average used between 650 -1,250 litres of water per guest and consumed 275-325kWh of power per square metre.
“In stark contrast, similar hotels in Germany used only 350 litres of water and 100kWh per square metre, a difference of 225%. By using Hotel Optimizer, we can identify hotel savings potential in energy, water and waste, and reduce the related costs by 15-20%.”
Saleh Al Mansouri, business development manager, Al Serkal Group visited the World Future Energy Summit to look for new technologies in the environmental and sustainable industry to do with waste and liquid recycling.
He said the company is celebrating the third anniversary of a AED10million waste treatment facility in Al Awir, dedicated to recycling waste edible oil from hotels, restaurants and food processing factories.
The plant separates oil and grease that has accumulated in grease traps and lift stations at food processing companies, restaurants, hotels, hospital kitchens and other service and food related industries.
“The waste is collected and transported by trucks to the waste treatment plant, where it is classified either as hazardous material and sludge, or as recyclable material (re-usable water or oil and dry solids) that will be further treated for future use,” said Al Mansouri.
“It is the first treatment plant for waste edible oils in the entire region.”
The treatment plant was built and managed by Al Serkal Group, on a 15 year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreement with Dubai Municipality. Al Mansouri said he was pleased to see the government was contributing to and backing up businesses that are interested in recycling or those who want to protect the environment. He said Al Serkal was looking to expand the edible oil industry to introduce more of its plants across the Middle East.
Averda has opened an Abu Dhabi operations office thanks to its contract for waste and pest control with the Centre of Waste Management, Government of Abu Dhabi regarding Yas Island, Al Raha Beach and Al Raha Gardens and Al Gurm Resort.
“We had a three week mobilisation period to start work on the five year contract,” said Mark Siddorn, managing director Abu Dhabi, Averda.
“The biggest issue we had was getting ready for the F1 Grand Prix. It was a major challenge with a limited timeframe to get vehicles in and out of the area. There were practice sessions in the day and concerts at night with large numbers of people attending so we had a window of three hours every night to clean up everything when the concerts had finished.”
Siddorn said the company is currently bidding for contracts and will find out if it has been successful in a few weeks time.
“We are going to be awarded a contract very soon in Abu Dhabi but it has not been officially announced as we are still in the negotiation stage. We have had a number of tenders, five in the last three months.
“We are very new in Abu Dhabi and not many people have heard of us. We are heavily involved in sustainability planning. We address a project with a view to reducing problems so for example, we will create an awareness campaign with leaflet drops regarding recycling and educate residents about how to reduce the waste they produce. We try to teach them what happens to the recyclables, reasons to do it and the management of waste.
“We are not a transport company, we are a waste management business and we look at carbon neutral management as well.”
Siddorn said Abu Dhabi is changing because of the Estimada green building code.
He said there are a lot of regulations regarding landfill, Pearl ratings, operational waste management and the environment.
Abu Dhabi has promised to deliver the world’s toughest green building standards by 2030 through the Estidama Program (Arabic for “sustainability”).
Every building in the emirate will have to adhere to the new green standard.
Sanctions will be imposed on developers who shirk the law, while Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council will retain the right to refuse building permits to any plan that falls short.
The regulations are meant to be in place this year. Owners of existing buildings will be forced to apply them, eventually. A point system will be used and the greenest buildings will earn five “pearls.”
Dulsco has launched a RFID system (radio frequency indicator device) for its waste management operations.
Jeffrey Arigo, sales and customer services, Dulsco Abu Dhabi said the company wanted to get electronic tags fitted on all its waste containers to automatically relay information back to its web server.
“Clients can access the server and see what time their rubbish is collected, when and receive daily and monthly reports via the web,” he said.
Arigo added that the equipment was on a trial period to see how effective the service is before rolling it out across the UAE.
“We will review the product at the end of the month to see how successful it is including response times and how effective the online system is. It is a fantastic cost saving initiative.”
World Future Energy Summit
• The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from January 17-20
• WFES promotes innovation and investment opportunities surrounding renewable energy and the environment. It includes a conference summit, two exhibitions, young future energy leaders programme, round table discussions, industry seminars and social events.
• We will use about 25% more energy in 2030 than we did in 2005. And, in the year 2030, about 60% of our energy will still come from oil and gas. Abu Dhabi has promised to deliver the world’s toughest green building standards by 2030 through the Estidama Program (Arabic for “sustainability”).
• The event is hosted by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi based Mubadala company focused on developing sustainable energy solutions.
• It is a multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.