Empower CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar will be attending the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 108th Annual Conference & Tradeshow, which will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona-United States, from 26 to 29 June, 2017.

Talking about attending the event, Bin Shafar said: “We are pleased to take part in the Annual Conference & Exhibition of IDEA, the world’s most authentic and oldest association for district energy. This year we aim to highlight our latest innovations and best practices that help us put Dubai at the forefront of global cities in district cooling. This is in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify energy sources, making the environment clean and sustainable.”

An annual event for district energy industry, experts and scientists from all over the world participate in the event.

Bin Shafar will also attend the IDEA Board of Directors’ meeting that will be held on the sidelines of the conference. Elaborating more on the meeting, Bin Shafar, said: “This year at the IDEA Board of Directors Meeting we aim to discuss efficiencies and local capacities and underline solutions that will enhance the green moves and sustainability drive of district cooling solutions. As a Board, it is our commitment to bring some of the best practices of the industry to our global partners, and this year through the Conference we aim to assess the latest technologies in energy efficiency.”

He added: “It is always a pleasure to meet with our strategic peers and partners in global conferences and discuss ways to expand cooperation. Dubai is playing a leading role in this industry due to the demand of cooling all year round. This has provided us with the advantage of taking the lead in highlighting the benefits of district cooling worldwide, especially in developing cities, and as part of UN Environment’s Global District Energy in Cities initiative. IDEA Conference will help Empower, and the industry in general, to further accelerate such initiatives through knowledge sharing and enhanced cooperation among industry leaders.”

IDEA is a non-profit trade association that hosts conferences and trade shows to showcase latest technologies in the district energy industry.

Bin Shafar is the first Emirati Arab member of the IDEA Board of Directors since 2013.