Bin Shafar appointed for a fourth term on the board of directors of the International District Energy Association (IDEA)

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  • The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has over 2,400 members of officials and decision-makers from public and private sectors from around the world.
  • Bin Shafar is the first Emirati Arab to hold a senior position in IDEA for 9 years

Dubai, UAE: Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, was appointed for the fourth consecutive time to the Board of Directors of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), making him the first Emirati Arab to hold a senior position in IDEA over a decade. A non-profit organization headquartered in the USA, IDEA has over 2,400 members of officials and decision-makers from public and private sectors from around the world.

IDEA announced the re-appointment of Empower’s CEO as a Member Emeritus to it’s Board after a meeting that coincided with the 113th edition of IDEA Annual Conference & Trade Show, the largest international event in its kind, held from June 6-9 in Toronto, Canada.

The appointment comes in recognition of Bin Shafar’s achievements in the district cooling industry and his support for plans to deploy district cooling globally, as well as his high professionalism that characterized his performance over the past decade as a member of the IDEA Board of Directors, and also as a Special Advisor on district cooling to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of its ‘District Energy in Cities’ initiative. The appointment for a fourth term also celebrates Bin Shafar’s initiatives in protecting natural resources, preserving the environment, spreading the culture of green energy projects, and his participation and sponsorship in IDEA’s various volunteer activities.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower and Chairman of the Dubai’s District Cooling Operators Association, said, “Renewing my membership for a fourth term on the IDEA’s Board of Directors is a great honor for us, and we are confident in our ability to fulfill this responsibility in the face of big challenges in the district cooling industry. I am also confident that assuming this high position will be in the interest of preserving a green and sustainable environment, and will also help to reflect the importance of the great role that the UAE and Dubai play in supporting energy-saving green solutions and projects, and Empower is already committed to be a leader in this domain globally.”