Empower launches new plans to drive sustainable operations
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Empower launches new plans, policies to drive sustainable operations

Empower launches new plans, policies to drive sustainable operations

Empower has saved 412 million imperial gallons of fresh water in 2022 by using recycled water in its operations

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Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has launched new policies and plans to ensure sustainability in its district cooling operations across Dubai, including the adoption of reverse osmosis (RO) technologies.

Empower is using RO technology to purify and reuse water in its operations since 2012, started in the Dubai International Financial Center district cooling plant, and continued adoption of this technology in most of its district cooling plants across Dubai.

The company is starting construction of reverse osmosis plants in three of its eight district cooling plants in Palm Jumeirah.

This is in line with the objectives of the Dubai government’s strategy seeking to rationalise the consumption of desalinated (fresh) water in district cooling operations and promote the use of other water alternatives such as sea water, dark water and treated sewage effluent to enhance sustainability approaches and applications.

Empower is adopting best practices for maximum impact

The company has saved 412 million imperial gallons of fresh water in 2022, which is equivalent to the amount of water in 749 Olympic swimming pools, by using recycled water in its operations.

 The company said that the introduction of reverse osmosis technologies in the Palm Jumeirah district cooling plants aims to purify water from salts, organic compounds, heavy metals and other impurities in order to be reused in cooling tower operations and to ensure sustainable environmentally-friendly cooling operations, which contributes to the preservation of water resources.

Ahmad bin Shafar, the company’s CEO said, “In implementation of the Executive Council Resolution No (27) of 2008 concerning the use of saline water in district cooling systems in the emirate of Dubai, adoption of best practices and sustainable solutions is a priority in the organisation’s business model, whether for protecting the environment in general or preserving water and energy resources in particular.

“Environmental issues and the protection of natural resources have been a cornerstone in Empower’s programme since its inception, and therefore the company adopted an integrated agenda that contributes to achieving positive environmental impact.”

In recent news, Empower officially became the main and sole district cooling services provider for Dubai International Airport, following the acquisition of the rights to operate the district cooling systems of the airport.

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