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RAK Municipality makes significant utility savings in 2019

RAS AL KHAIMAH, July 6, 2020

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has reported significant progress in energy efficiency, netting concrete savings of 7 GWh of electricity, 109 million gallons of water and 423 GWh thermal of direct fuel savings in 2019, said a report. 
 
Apart from these energy and water savings, several key milestones have been achieved across all programs, stated RAK Municipality in its second edition of the annual report for the Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040. 
 
The annual report of the strategy was released along with a new website for the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality. 
 
The website for Reem will serve as a platform to provide information on available government services and updates on new and ongoing projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewables in Ras Al Khaimah. 
 
The annual report describes progress of the strategy, including achievements, new initiatives and expected developments in the coming years.
 
The key highlights of the Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040 are:
 
* Launch of the voluntary phase of Barjeel, the green building regulations of Ras Al Khaimah, and completion of preparations for its mandatory implementation, including IT enhancements, awareness, training and certification.
 
* Completion of the first retrofit project in government buildings, for four buildings of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality with 31 per cent guaranteed energy and water savings
 
* Contracting of two retrofit projects, for 24 buildings of Rakez and RAK Academy, and development of a pipeline of retrofit opportunities for the next two years of targets
 
* Set up of an ISO 50001-compliant energy management system at the Municipality to work as a pilot for extension to other government and private organisations
 
* Completion of the energy efficiency retrofit of 1,500 street lights in the Jazeera Al Hamra Free Zone by Rakez
 
*Contracting for initial solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop projects, including the first government solar PV project for a 230kWp carport at Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and the installation of 12 public electric vehicle charging stations in Ras Al Khaimah.
 
RAK Municipality Director General Munther Mohammed bin Shekar said: "The current market situation elevates the importance of energy efficiency, for its contribution to energy competitiveness and resilience and also for economic stimulus."
 
"We see increased value in efficient buildings, efficient public service networks, renewable energy, better consumption practices and so on. Our commitment to the goals of the strategy remains strong and unchanged," he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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