Bahrain to launch major energy saving drive
Manama, May 13, 2013
Bahrain is set to save hundreds of thousands of dinars through energy conservation initiatives, a top official said.
Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) distribution and customer services deputy chief executive Adnan Fakhro said the EWA had been taking serious steps on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
He was speaking during a Press conference at the Gulf Hotel to announce the Energy and Water Conservation Expo and Forum to be held next month.
"Several energy efficiency measures are currently being implemented such as thermal insulation in buildings, building rating system, green buildings, the standards and labelling of room air-conditioners, energy auditing and the continuous enhancement of energy efficiency in lighting," said Fakhro.
He added that a growing number of infrastructure projects were being designed with conservation in mind.
"Many public roads are increasingly being illuminated in Bahrain either through more efficient luminaries, such as LED lights, or are being fed through solar energy," he said. "Once all these initiatives are in place, Bahrain will end up saving hundreds of thousands of dinars and become more energy efficient."
Next month's Energy and Water Conservation Expo and Forum, from June 17 to 19, is organised by the Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE) at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre under the patronage of Minister of State for Electricity and Water Affairs Dr Abdulhussain MIrza.
Bahrain has already announced plans to build a five megawatt power station using solar and wind energy, which is due to be implemented in the next five years.
"There are also many programmes that aim to improve the efficiency of lighting," said Fakhro.
"We are now co-operating with the Finance Ministry and the World Bank to launch a special project in the housing sector, by replacing nearly two million ordinary bulbs with energy saving ones that leads to reduced electricity consumption by at least 245 GWh (gigawatt hours) annually - contributing to maintaining vital resources in Bahrain and reducing polluting emissions by more than 180 tonnes per year."
A technical forum where 17 papers from Bahrain and overseas will be discussed is also taking place alongside next month's event.
BSE President Abdulmajeed Al Gassab said Bahrain was moving to optimise its energy sector and was taking initiatives to implement a Building Rating System (BRS) and Energy Efficiency Programme (EEP).
"These steps towards the sustainable energy vision would set us apart from the other countries in the region as the potential leader of the sustainable and building energy rating movement," he said.
Chairman of the technical committee Khalid Al Mohanadi also spoke at the Press conference. – TradeArabia News Service