Ajman buildings consume 80% of power, says expert

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com Filed on March 7, 2018
Ajman buildings consume 80% of power, says expert
A panel discussion during the opening day of the Ajman International Environment Conference on Tuesday.

(Photo by M. Sajjad)

5th edition of Ajman International Environment Conference concludes

Eighty per cent of power supply in the emirate is being used for cooling government and residential buildings, a conference heard on Wednesday.

Kirk Shanks, while presenting his paper on the 'Energy Performance Resilience of UAE Buildings to Climate Change' during the concluding day of the 5th edition of Ajman International Environment Conference, said: "This indicates the overall year-round high temperature," adding that solar energy can be used as an alternative safe energy effectively from 2020 to 2050, though."

Shank said that studies confirm that cooling rates shall witness a significant development from 22.2 per cent in 2020 to 40 per cent by 2080. "This urges investment in solar energy returns to address the impact of climate change over the years to come."

Meanwhile, the municipalities in Ajman and Abu Dhabi and respective planning departments have signed an agreement of cooperation for implementing the 'Estidama' or 'Sustainability' project green building requirements in Ajman on Wednesday.

The agreement has been made on the sidelines of the conference held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman.

The specialised programme of buildings and urban communities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, features the development of guidelines for designing new residential and commercial buildings.

It consists of 10 elements, including energy, water, pollution, building materials, land use, and so forth. It is implemented in several stages spanning government and new private sector projects, besides the implementation of these standards on existing buildings.

In his paper, Hameed Sulaiman of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman talked about the 'Municipal Solid Waste Composition and Greenhouse Gas Emission Potential from a Landfill - A Case Study from Al Multaqa area, Muscat, Oman.

The researcher found out that the methane gas emitting from solid wastes can be "reused as a source of alternative energy in order to reduce the risk of those wastes."

The global summit, featuring a line-up of valuable scientific papers on a variety of environmental and development issues, saw the participation of some 205 researchers, experts, and specialists from 49 countries, including 70 international lecturers.

A big number of valuable scientific papers and researches on the environment, sustainability, development and diverse energy were showcased in the conference the two-day conference.


Afkar Abdullah

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