Qatar will soon be issuing a law for regulating District Cooling System (DCS), an energy efficient air-conditioning system which will ensure reduction in electricity consumption by up to 40 percent and investment cost of commercial projects by up to 10 percent.
DCS is a cooling system that works by producing and distributing chilled water from a central source through pipes.
Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, the President of the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said that the law for regulating DCS is in the finishing stages and will be sent to the State Cabinet for approval in the near future.
“This law, which will be the first of its kind in the region, will incentivise businessmen to invest in this technology and customers to switch from conventional air conditioning system to DCS,” said Al Kuwari, speaking with media persons on the sideline of the International District Cooling & Heating Conference (IDCHC) held at Ritz Carlton yesterday.
He added that the law will DCS affordable for the firms and consumers along with having rules and regulations for contracts between service providers and consumers.
Al Kuwari noted that the expansion in the use of district cooling and heating technology will contribute to the economic development and environmental development.
“The importance of using district cooling and heating technology in the world is not only limited to rationalising electricity consumption and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, but also in reducing capital investments,” Al Kuwari explained.
Conventional AC and heating systems consume around 60-70 percent of the total electricity, while the DCS will help in reducing around 30-40 percent electricity consumption.
Impressed by the benefits, Kahramaa had already started implementing medium and long term strategies.
In his speech, Kahramaa President pointed out that Qatar and other countries in the region are striving to find alternatives to the use of potable water in district cooling projects, such as the use of treated water and seawater. He stressed that Kahramaa has succeeded in addressing this issue by issuing decisions that contribute to the preservation of safe drinking water.
The major decision was to prevent the use of desalinated water for cooling purposes and replace it with other alternatives like treated wastewater, which will contribute to saving more than 72 million cubic meters of water by 2022
He pointed that this was one of the biggest challenges facing widespread of cooling and heating technology to invest in this sector, taking into account the establishment of a fair tariff for the end user, especially in countries that subsidize the electricity sector.
“The conference represents an additional step in the field of development and meeting human needs and conserving resources while taking into consideration their sustainability now and in the future,” said CEO of Marafeq Qatar Ahmed A Al Ammari said.
He stressed that the cooling and heating sector has become vital part of any development, noting that it consumes many electrical and water resources, especially in the case of cooling districts and cities.