Etihad Esco completes Phases 1, 2 of retrofit project at Dubai's Jafza
157-building project by Dewa company to drive energy savings of 32.6% and cut 17,000 t of CO2 emissions
Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco), a company owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has noted completion on Phases 1 and 2 of its retrofit project in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), with both organisations now planning Phase 3 of the commercial building-focused scheme.
Etihad Esco said its retrofit project – which covered 157 staff accommodation buildings in Jafza's West, South, and East Zones – led to energy savings of 32.6% in a year and helped reduce 17,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to taking 3,600 cars off the roads for a year.
The project, which was fully financed by Etihad Esco, included the replacement of 5,290 window air-conditioning units with energy-efficient spilt ACs.
Additionally, 6,308 existing window AC units were modernised as part of the project, and 85,307 lights were replaced.
Etihad Esco also carried out the installation of 24,321 water aerators and 9,345 water-efficient shower-heads for the project.
Chief executive officer of Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, said that the project had ensured sustainability and operational efficiencies for Jafza, in addition to reducing its carbon footprint.
State-held news agency, Wam, reported that a Central Command Centre would monitor and control the recently installed energy-conservation measures to ensure retrofit systems deliver planned savings.