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From Dubai to Hong Kong:
District cooling a strategy for
Systems in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific help high-growth
cities reduce emissions and conserve resources.
Kathryn Ramsted, Editorial Associate, District Energy
The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. By 2050, 68 percent of the earth’s population will reside in urban areas, up from 55 percent at present, according to a recent United Nations tudy. 1 This trend poses a variety of challenges to many cities as they try to accommodate the needs of their growing numbers of inhabitants – including in the area of energy. Cities already
account for more than 70 percent of worldwide energy consumption and 40 percent to 50 percent of
global greenhouse gas emissions. 2 Sustainable energy infrastructure is needed more than ever to deliver these services while mitigating environmental impact.
Singapore District Cooling customers, the Marina Bay Financial Centre and The Sail.
Editor’s note: IDEA’s DistrictCooling2018 conference takes place Dec. 9-11 in Dubai. Looking ahead to that gathering, District Energy
highlights five member systems in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region that illustrate the conference theme of delivering “Efficient
Energy for Smarter Cities.”