Advanced Conferences & Meetings, one of the leading business-to-business events companies in the region, is proud to announce that the inaugural edition of RetrofitTech Dubai is officially endorsed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and also officially supported by Etihad ESCO. The UAE’s only conference dedicated to the emerging retrofit market will take place next week on the 16-17 March at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai.
Tom Gore, Managing Director of ACM said: “As part of its ongoing mission to be a world leader in sustainability, the Dubai Government – through the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy – has a stated goal to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030 and in 2014 finalised plans for its new Demand Side Management Strategy (DSM). We are very honoured that Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, representing the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, will deliver a keynote presentation outlining Dubai’s retrofit strategy in relation to the Demand Side Management strategy.”
Whilst globally retrofitting existing buildings for greater energy efficiency is widely recognised as a key step in the sustainable development of a nation’s economy, in GCC it is still an emerging concept. However, with such ambitious goals to reduce energy demand, developing a greater understanding of retrofitting principles and strategies is extremely important and the Dubai government is leading the way in creating and advocating a comprehensive retrofit strategy.
Tom Gore goes on to say: “Recognising how important education and knowledge transfer are in supporting the Dubai government goals and more specifically the emerging retrofitting industry, we are very pleased that in addition to the endorsement of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, RetrofitTech Dubai has secured the official support of Etihad ESCO, an organization dedicated to enabling the strategic goals of the UAE to pursue a green economy for sustainable development and that the organization’s CEO Stephane Le Gentil will be revealing the initial results of the Dubai buildings retrofit program. Also officially supporting the conference are Emirates Green Building Council and we are delighted that their Chairman Saeed Al Alabbar, who is an expert in energy management, will be delivering the opening address.”
The first phase of the Supreme Council of Energy’s Demand Side Management strategy initiative alone includes 30,000 buildings, which will be retrofitted with green technologies at a cost of 2 billion dirhams ($544.5 million), to be funded in partnership with the private sector. By bringing together leading stakeholders from Dubai’s government bodies with commercial and residential building owners, hotel operators, facilities management companies, engineering consultants, sustainability experts, energy services companies (ESCOs) and solution providers with technological solutions design to reduce energy demand, RetrofitTech Dubai is a unique opportunity to learn more about this very exciting emerging industry. Other leading organizations delivering presentations which will give further details on government strategy, technical and financial considerations of retrofitting, solutions and products available and reveal the details of inaugural, best-in-class and award-winning retrofit case studies include: Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB) for Electricity and Water, Energy Management Services, Emrill Energy, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Siemens, MAF Properties, WSP Middle East, MAF Dalkia, Al Futtaim Group, Alpin ME, EMSc (UK) Limited, FARNEK, Danfoss, British University in Dubai and the Department of Civil Defense.
For further information about the conference, please visit www.retrofittechdubai.com