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New energy conservation project to save 20 per cent


July 8, 2013 10:49 by

The General Maintenance Department of Dubai Municipality has initiated an energy conservation project for preserving non-renewable resources, its rational use and reducing negative environmental effects, such as carbon emissions.

The project aims to save 20 per cent of the total electricity consumption of the municipal facilities. Its policy on rationalisation of energy includes air conditioning, lighting and various technical and administrative procedures.

The project has three main aspects: technical, operational and administrative. These aspects will include the replacement of 1,100 normal ballast with electronic ballast in a number of municipal facilities, 300 timers with astronomical timers to illuminate the parking areas in markets, the installation of 61 solar-powered lamp posts in the running tracks of Jumeirah open beach, the replacement of 1,000 lamp posts with solar-powered ones in Al Mushrif and Al Mamzar parks, ambient cooling in six areas using chillers, remote-controlled air conditioning systems in Al Tawar Centre, adopting solar energy mechanisms in Al Quoz graveyard for its water heaters and building five chalets to use solar energy for the operation of all its internal and external devices. The total cost saving through this project is estimated at around AED400, 000 annually.

The department also proposed eight new projects to save energy, which includes heating swimming pools using chillers in Al Mushrif and Al Mamzar parks, replacement of lights in popular neighbourhood parks with LED lights, the changing of 1,000 lamp posts in Al Mushrif, Zabeel and Jumeirah Beach, the construction of 10 toilets using solar energy, remote-controlled air conditioning at Dubai Central Laboratory and Naif Souq and the replacement of the air conditioning in the old main building of Dubai Municipality. The total cost of the new proposed project is estimated at AED12, 323,000.

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