Ski Dubai Uses Examines Their Energy Consumption and the Results are Surprising
A company brought in by Ski Dubai to look at ways to reduce its energy consumption has reported the complex currently uses about the same amount of power as a 120 room hotel.
Anne Le Guennec, CEO of facilities management specialist company Enova told Arabian Business that the indoor snow centre’s power consumption was falling due to continuous upgrades to reduce energy use there.
In the past environmental groups have criticised the concept of making snow in the desert as the epitome of human excess in the face of climate change.
“People always point to us creating snow in the desert but it is really well insulated," Le Guennec said. "We've operated the site for more than 12 years and we have continued to work over that time to reduce energy loss.”
Recent initiatives to reduce power consumption further has included making snow at -4C rather than -6C as previously, “We realised that we could change the temperature …without any compromise to snow quality,” Le Guennec said.
The Majid Al Futtaim’s group which runs Ski Dubai, Ski Egypt and is working to build a third indoor snow centre in Saudi Arabia has a strategy to become net positive in carbon emissions by 2040 and has unveiled the first phase of Mall of the Emirates’ solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, set to generate three GWh of clean energy, saving up to AED1.4m energy costs per year. Ski Dubai is located in the mall.
7,291 photovoltaic panels have been fitted to 1,068 carports spanning 11,996 sq m; the equivalent to the size of nearly two football fields.
“This new solar PV plant is set to reduce 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year, equivalent to taking 480 cars off the road,” said Ibrahim Al'Zubi, chief sustainability officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holding.
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