07 Jan 2021

Abu Dhabi Energy Services and United Arab Emirates University Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Energy Efficiency

Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a TAQA Group subsidiary, to explore retrofitting United Arab Emirates University’s (UAEU) facilities to reduce power and water consumption

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play an important role in Abu Dhabi’s Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030

Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 07, 2021:Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), announced, today, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), the first university established in the UAE. ADES will explore retrofitting its buildings with energy efficient solutions that reduce power and water consumption to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability throughout its premises in Al Ain.

ADES will work closely with UAEU to assess its current power and water consumption trends and develop a comprehensive plan to improve energy efficiency across UAEU’s facilities. The MoU plays an important role in Abu Dhabi’s Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030, which targets a reduction in electricity consumption by more than 22% and water consumption by more than 32%.

Omar Abdulla Alhashmi, Executive Director of Transmission and Distribution at TAQA Group, said: “The United Arab Emirates University is a natural fit for ADES. As an institution that puts sustainability and environmental responsibility at center stage, UAEU plays a critical role in encouraging more sustainable-conscious global citizens. TAQA is excited to partner with UAEU to extend that approach to sustainability to their buildings and infrastructure through ADES.”

Commenting on the announcement, Prof. Ghaleb Alhadrami Albreiki, Acting Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, said: “The cooperation between the UAEU and Abu Dhabi Energy Services comes in line with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 which aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050 to help preserve the nation’s vital resources for future generations. We, at UAEU, seek through research, to be constantly proactive in creating contemporary methods and devices to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector, rationalize the consumption of natural resources, and discover alternative solutions that develop sustainable development in the country”.

Stephane le Gentil, Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer at ADES, commented: “We are delighted to work with UAEU and, through this MoU, enable them to operate more sustainably through identifying opportunities to reduce their power and water consumption at their sizable campus in Al Ain. In addition to this, ADES will engage students and academic staff in the program and share our data and insights, showcasing our work and efforts as a real-life case study in sustainability.”

ADES was established in January 2020 to accelerate the transformation of Abu Dhabi’s power and water sector. As a subsidiary of TAQA, ADES is focused on identifying, sourcing and funding solutions that can deliver tangible reductions in both energy and water usage.

About TAQA

Established in 2005, TAQA is a diversified utilities and energy group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA). TAQA has significant investments in power and water generation, transmission and distribution assets, as well as upstream and midstream oil and gas operations. The company's assets are in the United Arab Emirates as well as Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit: www.taqa.com.

About Abu Dhabi Energy Services Company

Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES) is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). ADES provides energy-efficient solutions and tools to government and private sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi allowing them to reduce the energy consumption of their facilities. The company supports the transformation of Abu Dhabi to an environmentally friendly city through analysis, evaluations and by executing projects. For more information, please visit: www.ades.ae.

About UAEU

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU aspires to become a comprehensive, research-intensive university and currently enrolls approximately 13,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

In its drive to achieve international research stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked #3 in the Arab World and #284 worldwide.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.