Four companies receive ESCO accreditation from RSB
The accreditation scheme is part of Dubai's Integrated Energy Strategy
Dubai’s Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau (RSB) has issued accreditation certificates for four companies that will engage in a programme to retrofit existing buildings in Dubai to become energy-efficient.
The certification, which supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, is part of the ESCO accreditation scheme.
MAF Dalkia, Johnson Controls, EMS, and Al Arsh Facilities Management received their accreditation certificates during a ceremony at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy's headquarters in Dubai.
Commenting on the accreditation scheme, H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 aims to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030 and to diversify the energy mix in Dubai towards renewable and clean energy sources.”
“To support these goals, we seek to reduce energy consumption and improve reliability, the two main elements that enhance Dubai's competitiveness and its economic sustainability, make it a world-class model for energy security and efficiency, by investing in renewable and low-carbon energy," Al Tayer said.
H.E. Ali Bin Abdullah Al Owais, chairman, RSB, said, “The RSB's accreditation scheme was launched under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Energy just four months ago. It is very pleasing to see four companies accredited already.”
“We hope that these four companies and other companies will be accredited in the future and play their part in delivering a building-retrofit programme for around 30,000 buildings over the next 16 years,” Al Owais added.
Accredited ESCOs have the chance to participate in projects organised by Dubai's Super ESCO, Etihad Energy Services, which was established last year by DEWA to drive the building retrofit market in Dubai.
Etihad Energy Services is working with clients in the government sector currently to identify portfolios of buildings that would benefit from savings measures delivered by ESCOs. They then organise the tender for energy performance contracts to be delivered by accredited ESCOs.
Dubai's Integrated Energy Strategy has building retrofits as a key programme to improve energy efficiency. Savings of 1.7 terawatt hours per year are targeted to come from retrofit activity by 2030.