Empower’s district cooling consumption rose 23.2pc in July 2012 against same period last year General August 26, 20120 Dubai: Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower), the largest district cooling service provider in the region, has said that consumption of district cooling provided by the company rose by 23.2 percent in July 2012, compared to same period last year. The company also reported that its total square footage committed to district cooling has achieved a remarkable increase. Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said that the increase reflects the economy rebound in the UAE and it shows that the country is on the right way to partially outperform conventional AC systems in the favour of district cooling. He added that with every increase in district cooling consumption there is savings being achieved in electricity and water consumption in Dubai which contributes in reserving the natural resources of the emirate. He stressed that Dubai is increasing its dependence on district cooling for the better of the environment and to reduce operating and maintenance costs of chilling. Bin Shafar added that this increase in district cooling consumption came as a result of Empower’s higher occupancy rate that reached 16.1 % in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Al Khail Gate, Dubai International Financial Centre and TECOM C. Moreover, the company is serving new buildings in Business Bay and Ghoroub Mirdif. Empower also is operating new plants in Business Bay and Dubai Academic City. Empower’s district cooling systems (DCS) provide effective and efficient means of air conditioning. Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings. Empower which is a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and TECOM Investments has world class work-stations being built on various locations in the Emirate of Dubai. Bin Shafar said that Empower is well prepared to cater to the demand of district cooling through building up new plants to increase its production. He said that with the rapidly increasing penetration of district cooling in Dubai, the Emirate is in a leading position in the world in supporting green initiatives which district cooling is part of it.