ABU DHABI – Experts from Abu Dhabi and Germany recently met to discuss the challenges of energy consumption, way to handle this consumption with increased efficiency and solutions for energy efficient housing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In order to learn more about current initiatives and to share experiences, an ‘Energy Efficiency’ roundtable, held under the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), was organised by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The attendees discussed relevant aspects of energy efficiency, focusing on electricity efficiency challenges and energy efficient housing.
At the roundtable, EAD experts shed light on the current energy situation faced by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where energy usage per capita is amongst the highest in the world. Additionally, representatives from the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Municipality and the Urban Planning Council (UPC) presented some of their respective initiatives aimed at improving energy efficiency within Abu Dhabi, including governing regulations and current developments in the housing sector.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said: “We have an emerging environmental vision for 2030 that is being developed in collaboration with government entities and other stakeholders within Abu Dhabi. As we focus our attention on how best to implement the Vision once it is endorsed, we continue to seek the partnership and collaboration of the many stakeholders in order to ensure successful implementation.
One area, requiring particular attention, is that of energy efficiency and the current high levels of energy use within the emirate that presents many challenges but also great opportunities for improvement and this workshop provides us with an opportunity to share and learn from each other in terms of best practice and latest technologies.”
In response to the energy consumption challenges faced by the Emirate, a number of initiatives have been introduced to address the issue of excessive consumption and the emissions of greenhouse gases, such as Mubadala’s Masdar initiative and the UPC’s Estidama which creates new tools, resources and procedures crucial to the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision.
Experts from Germany highlighted perspectives and feasible options for better energy efficiency based on experiences made in Germany. The German Technical University also offered solutions on a new energy efficiency prototype for social housing.
“The improved efficiency of energy use will be essential for Abu Dhabi to increase the export of energy and to maximize revenues from international markets” stated Dr. Nikolaus Supersberger, GIZ expert in energy efficiency.