Qatar District Cooling Company “Qatar Cool” has won the “System of The Year” award as well as the “Space Award” at the 103rd International District Energy Conference that recently took place in Chicago, USA.
This year the conference, held under the theme, “Cooler, Cleaner Cities” culminated in the traditional Chairman’s Banquet where the “System of The Year” was awarded to Qatar Cool for the first time. At the same conference and in a separate ceremony, Qatar Cool received the “Space Award” for the fourth consecutive year.
“Since it was first awarded in 1992, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) System of the Year Award has come to be associated with the best of the best,” said IDEA System of the Year Selection Committee Chairman Ray DuBose. Chair DuBose continued, “Qatar Cool demonstrated numerous company achievements in the categories of system performance, energy efficiency, reliability, availability, environmental performance, employee health and safety, community involvement and contributions to advancing the industry.
Qatar Cool CEO Mr. Fayad Al Khatib led a delegation from Qatar Cool to Chicago to receive the award, “This is an important achievement in Qatar Cool’s development, recognition from our peers that Qatar Cool today has joined the ranks of global players in the district cooling industry operating systems at the highest standards using advanced, sustainable technologies so as to benefit communities and projects of all sizes.”
Al Khatib added: “This great honor we are receiving today would not have been possible without the support of Qatar Cool’s Chairman, Board of Directors, stakeholders, employees and many of our IDEA colleagues and friends.”
The conference is being held at a time the entire world looks at climate change and the technologies and initiatives that can be used to mitigate it. In this region of the world, energy efficiency is essential – air conditioning accounts for 70% of the electricity consumption in Qatar and Qatar Cool’s system uses 50% of the energy utilized in conventional cooling systems
District Cooling has proven to be one of these technologies and Qatar Cool is the largest supplier of district cooling in Qatar having also built and currently operating the largest integrated district cooling plant in the world located on The Pearl-Qatar.
IDEA is a non-profit trade association that supports the growth and utilization of district energy as a means to conserve fuel, increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions to improve the global environment.
IDEA hosts the conference and trade show annually to showcase the latest technologies and equipment in the district energy industry. The event allows attendees—including energy professionals, consultancies, government agencies and system developers —the opportunity to learn more about district cooling from a global perspective and meet with a variety of vendors and suppliers.
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