Dubai, UAE, 17 December 2020: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has won two Gold Awards in the 12th edition of the Annual Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards 2020. The winners were presented their awards during a virtual awards ceremony held on 10th December.
Empower was recognized as the Gold Winner for ’Company of the Year’ in the Energy and Utilities category for its impressive achievements in 2019 including the practical innovations in developing district cooling industry in the world and raising the standards of sustainability in the sector.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower was honored with Gold Winner Award for ‘Executive Achievement of the Year’ in the Energy & Utilities category, in recognition of his pioneering contribution in encouraging the region to adopt district cooling concepts and his prominent role in leading Empower to become the world’s largest district cooling services provider.
Bin Shafar was named as the ‘2018 IDEA Global Leader’, in recognition of his efforts for the enhancement of district cooling sector and his support towards global strives for a better environment. In 2017, he was also appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a special advisor on district cooling for its global ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’.
On this occasion, Ahmad bin Shafar said: “The winning of these two Golden Bridge Awards is an inducement for our work teams to move forward in making a qualitative difference. It is also an international recognition for Empower’s efforts in transforming the space cooling industry globally, and an encouragement for decision-makers to adopt district cooling solutions and apply integrated green practices”.
Bin Shafar explained that Empower is pioneering in the District Cooling sector locally and internationally. Company’s efforts and the leading role in the industry also led to the crowning of Dubai as the ‘Champion City’ for district cooling globally, on the side-lines of the 8th International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conference held in December, 2018.
Empower has bagged many international awards as a reflection of its determination, leadership and its ability to innovate solutions and technologies in the district cooling industry. The world’s first unmanned and fully automated district cooling plant was established by Empower in JVC Dubai.
Empower is a partner of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and plays a vital role in UN-lead global initiatives, ‘Cool Coalition’ and ‘District Energy in Cities’. Empower is also a member of international bodies of district energy and HVAC industries such as ASHRAE and IDEA (International District Energy Association).
Bin Shafar added that the company’s success in achieving huge savings in terms of energy and protection of natural resources, is the fruit of its ongoing commitment to contribute in building a sustainable future based on a diversified economy and zero carbon emissions. Empower has saved a total of 1,224MW electricity worth AED 3.2 Billion as of the end of 2019. Company’s total district cooling networks crossed 320 kilometers and has awarded contracts to various companies with a total value of AED1.13 billion in 2019.
About the Golden Bridge Awards
The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program recognizes and honors the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, case studies and successful deployments, public relations and marketing campaigns, product management, websites, blogs, white-papers, videos, advertisements, creativity, partner programs, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participate and their average scores determined the 2020 award winners.
Empower provides district cooling services to more than 1,180 buildings, catering to more than 120,000 customers, with a total cooling capacity of 1.53 million Refrigeration Tons (RT). The Company offers environmentally-friendly district cooling services to a number of high-profile developments, such as Dubai Waterfront, Bluewaters, Dubai International Financial Centre, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall and many others.