Qatar is one step closer to implementing a regulatory framework for the district cooling industry. The District Cooling Department of Kahramaa (DCD), which acts as regulator for the district cooling sector, released the District Cooling (DC) and Water Management Code 2016. The Code refers to the DC Law (which is yet to come into force) and sets the minimum requirements for the design and operation of DC systems deemed critical for achievement of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) defined by the DCD.
The DCD was created by Emiri Decree No. (35) of 2014 as a corporate department in Kahramaa to establish district cooling services regulatory frameworks in the State of Qatar. For the past few years, the department was promoting regulatory requirements in the energy, water and district cooling markets.
Some of the highlights from the new Code are as follows:
Exemptions can also be granted to customers exempting them from compliance with requirements or provisions of regulations.
Under the right conditions DC can achieve its full potential as a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable service benefiting both providers and customers. Although questions remain as to the DC law’s scope and the practicality of some of the Code’s provisions and KPIs, it is nevertheless a laudable first step and it is expected to see further legislation enacted, which will help build customer trust in DC, in Qatar, while preserving the rights of all DC stakeholders.