District Cooling Services sector made massive contributions to reduce carbon footprint in Qatar
31 Dec 2022News
According to Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), District Cooling Services sector made massive contributions to reducing carbon footprint in the country in 2022. The move is part of Qatar's massive efforts to address climate change and protect local eco-system through various projects and initiatives with the support of government and private institutions.
“According to recent reports by Kahramaa’s District Cooling Department, the total reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) in 2022 amounted to approximately 927,875 metric tonnes at the level of cooling services sector,” Kahramaa said in a tweet.
This came as a result of the hard work by Kahramaa to preserve the environment and protect natural resources in Qatar. The district cooling system, the most energy-efficient air-conditioning system, is one of the most important achievements of the construction industry sector, which highlights Qatar’s commitment to climate action, in line with its National Climate Change Action Plan 2030.
Kahramaa encourages the development and use of the district cooling system (DCS) for areas on a large scale across the country, especially in new development and urban projects.
It helps in reducing the cost of energy and infrastructure, enhancing consumption efficiency, and improving the water security of Qatar, through the use of alternative water resources, such as treated wastewater or seawater.
The system is also reducing CO2 emissions by decreasing consumption rates of natural gas needed to produce electricity, preserving the environment and controlling noise pollution.
Moreover, by organising and controlling district central cooling services, the Corporation also aims to rationalise electricity and potable water consumption in line with its vision, which aims to achieve sustainability and preserve the environment in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The growing use of district cooling system boosts Qatar’s commitment to reducing its carbon emissions.
The district cooling system is among the most modern and sustainable cooling systems available.
The DC plants are serving all stadiums, the venues of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022; tourist places in Qatar like Msheireb Downtown Doha, The Pearl-Qatar; and the tower area in Al Dafna, a cluster of over 50 towers, among others.
Air conditioning accounts for around 60 percent of total household electricity demand and district cooling consumes up to 40 percent less energy than conventional cooling system, making huge saving.
District cooling consists of a central cooling plant that supplies chilled water to more than one building through a water piping network.