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District Cooling, a Viable Future

In spite of growing concerns over global environmental issues, particularly the depletion of natural resources, available solutions are still not fully implemented to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Studies have been carried out globally to identify climate risks, resource scarcities and damage to ecosystems facing cities in developing countries, and the measures they can take to future proof them.

The methodology focuses on managing long-term risks with the objective of delivering long-term environmental, social and economic benefits.  Through these studies many industries were observed to assess their impact on the global climate, of which District cooling was identified as a  sustainable solution to  future proof cities as it offers many sustainable long-term benefits to the country.

A district cooling system allows the building owner to eliminate their on-site chiller operation and maintenance. In turn reduces the cost of their utilities, eliminates the need to operate and maintain chillers, and replace chillers at the end of their life cycles.   Because of the high efficiencies that district cooling systems operate at and their ability to utilize inexpensive or waste energy sources, the  building owners can expect more stability in their energy costs and carbon footprint into the future.

District cooling systems are built with standby cooling capacity to ensure that cooling is always available at the central plant. Overall, the reliability provided by a district cooling system is greater than most buildings can achieve individually.

The development of a district cooling system is a response to the need to provide energy for the future in a manner that is consistent with the need to protect our environment.

The production of cooling from a centralized facility allows for improvements in energy conservation, and the astute use of fuel sources are the most cost-effective ways available to us, to reduce atmospheric emissions, global warming, and the release of ozone depleting gases.

The underlying principles adopted for district energy are to provide a cost effective, reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly service which not only benefits the customer but also the public at large through lower emissions of CO2 in the production of cooling.

District cooling  contributes substantially to solving environmental issues, taking Qatar Cool as reference, over the past five years the three operational plants (two in West Bay and one on The Pearl Qatar) have saved 880 million KWH in energy consumption, which translates into a saving of 490 million tons of CO2 emissions. 

The CO2 savings are equivalent to taking 93 thousand cars off Qatar’s roads or planting 13 million trees.