Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), announced, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), the first university established in the UAE. ADES will explore retrofitting its buildings with energy efficient solutions that reduce power and water consumption to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability throughout its premises in Al Ain.
ADES will work closely with UAEU to assess its current power and water consumption trends and develop a comprehensive plan to improve energy efficiency across UAEU’s facilities. The MoU plays an important role in Abu Dhabi’s Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030, which targets a reduction in electricity consumption by more than 22% and water consumption by more than 32%.
Omar Abdulla Alhashmi, Executive Director of Transmission and Distribution at TAQA Group, said: “The United Arab Emirates University is a natural fit for ADES. As an institution that puts sustainability and environmental responsibility at center stage, UAEU plays a critical role in encouraging more sustainable-conscious global citizens. TAQA is excited to partner with UAEU to extend that approach to sustainability to their buildings and infrastructure through ADES.”
Commenting on the announcement, Prof. Ghaleb Alhadrami Albreiki, Acting Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, said: “The cooperation between the UAEU and Abu Dhabi Energy Services comes in line with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 which aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050 to help preserve the nation’s vital resources for future generations. We, at UAEU, seek through research, to be constantly proactive in creating contemporary methods and devices to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector, rationalize the consumption of natural resources, and discover alternative solutions that develop sustainable development in the country”.
Stephane le Gentil, Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer at ADES, commented: “We are delighted to work with UAEU and, through this MoU, enable them to operate more sustainably through identifying opportunities to reduce their power and water consumption at their sizable campus in Al Ain. In addition to this, ADES will engage students and academic staff in the program and share our data and insights, showcasing our work and efforts as a real-life case study in sustainability.”