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Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Municipality has selected Danish water and climate solutions Grundfos to provide an audit of HVAC, irrigation, water supply and disinfection pumping systems across 50 buildings and operational facilities, including large-scale sewage plants
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed to begin the audit, which is expected to take up to seven weeks. Grundfos will conduct systems’ certification and maintenance training for Ras Al Khaimah government’s building managers and supervisors.
“The MOU is aligned with the Municipality’s vision to pioneer sustainable urban development and create healthy and happy communities. The audit will help us explore further ways to reduce energy costs, by working with Grundfos’ expert team on pumping systems, which drive a significant part of our energy consumption,” said Munther Mohammed bin Shekar, director-general, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality.
The audit will be overseen by the Municipality’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration (Reem) which is coordinating the implementation of the RAK Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040.
The strategy targets 30 per cent energy savings, 20 per cent water savings and 20 per cent generation from renewable energy sources by 2040 and comprises a programme to retrofit approximately 3,000 buildings over the two decades.
Kostas Poulopoulos, Grundfos area managing director of Gulf, Levant and Pakistan, said, “The UAE has some of the highest water consumption rates in the world. On an average, the national per capita water consumption rate in the emirates, including personal, residential, commercial and agriculture is 550 litres per day as compared to 170-300 litres internationally.”
Much can be done to minimise water consumption in buildings, manufacturing and other sectors by utilising the latest digital technology to make pumping solutions as efficient as possible and reduce wastage, Kostas added.