Private-public partnerships important: Qatar Cool

District cooling company added 42 customers to 2010 operational roster

Qatar Cool CEO Fayad Al Khatib receives an award from IDEA after signing up 42 companies in 2010 (Supplied Image)
Qatar Cool CEO Fayad Al Khatib receives an award from IDEA after signing up 42 companies in 2010 (Supplied Image)

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The CEO of Qatar Cool highlighted the importance of private-public partnerships and planning and engaging with stakeholders early on when working on large-scale projects, during the 102nd International District Energy Association conference in Toronto.

Speaking at a plenary session at the conference, Fayad Al Khatib spoke about the progress Qatar Cool had made in its six year history and the role private-public partnerships had played.

In particular, he highlighted its work supporting Qatar’s 2030 National Vision and its Environmental Development Program, which is aimed at finding harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

The conference also recognised Qatar Cool’s contribution towards the industry, presenting it with an award for expanding the district energy industry through its work in 2010.

The Doha based company was one of the busiest providers of district cooling last year, adding 42 buildings and serving 6,489,357ft2 outside of North America to its operational and contracted customers list, the highest figures recorded globally for the year.

“Earning recognition from an organisation such as IDEA sends out a positive message of our continuous drive for meeting and exceeding our customer and stakeholder’s expectations,” Al Khatib said.

Qatar Cool supplies Doha’s West Bay area through two district cooling plants producing a total of 67,000 refrigerating tons of cooling. The company also owns and operates the world’s largest integrated district cooling plant on the Pearl-Qatar Island.

During his address, Al Khatib added that although Qatar had one of the largest carbon footprints per head of population in the world, district cooling schemes would contribute to significant reductions through considerable energy savings.

These schemes would result in lowering CO2 levels and other harmful gas emissions as well, including the reduction in usage of ozone-friendly refrigerant.

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