Empower bags golden award at 103rd Annual IDEA Conference in Chicago General July 11, 2012July 28, 20120 WAM Dubai: Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), has bagged the golden award at the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 103rd Annual Conference held in Chicago, for the total square footage committed to district cooling and a silver award for the total number of buildings committed to the system. The awards were won against competition from top global companies from outside North America region. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “This is the eighth time we have won laurels at this international conference in our eighth year of participation. This recognition reflects our achievements in adopting world class district cooling infrastructure as well as recognizes our success in expanding the use of district cooling as an ideal economic and environmental solution for residential and commercial units, offices and hotels.” He emphasised that the operational savings in residential units compared with conventional air-conditioning technologies ranges between 40 and 45 per cent. Bin Shafar added that Empower has emerged as a leader among district cooling companies in the Middle East and it adopts a clear strategy to preserve environmental resources for future generations by promoting the benefits of district cooling to the community and economy in the short and long run.