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Hamad International Airport, Siemens Partner on District Cooling

by Madaline Dunn

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, has announced its partnership with Siemens to optimise its district cooling infrastructure.

The company shared that the move was aimed at reducing electricity consumption across its cooling infrastructure, which includes five district cooling plants with a production capacity of 62,000 tonnes.

The project was completed back in November 2023, utilising Siemens’ Demand Flow technology from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.

According to the airport, since adopting the new Siemens solution in 2021, it has reduced its CO2 emissions by over 5,000 metric tonnes, expected to reach 16,000 tonnes per annum “from 2024.”

Qatar is situated in a region that is warming twice as fast as the global average, and, in such a hot climate, cooling demand, a resource-intensive activity, is growing.

Indeed, between now and 2050, the global installed capacity of cooling equipment will triple, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

This will more than double electricity consumption, leading to emissions from cooling to rise to 6.1 billion tons of carbon
dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2050.

With the need to scale sustainable cooling amidst an intensifying climate crisis, at COP28, countries signed the Global Cooling Pledge to reduce cooling-related emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2050. However, efforts must accelerate and scale significantly to achieve this goal.

Commenting on the partnership, Hakan Ozdemir, CEO of Siemens in Qatar, said: “Our smart infrastructure solutions aim to enhance energy efficiency, ensuring real cost savings and environmental advantages. This partnership set a benchmark in energy efficiency, showcasing the pivotal role of innovative technologies and strategic partnerships in realizing Qatar’s sustainability goals.”

Michael McMillan, Senior Vice President, Facilities Management at Hamad International Airport, added: “This collaboration with Siemens strongly aligns with our environmental sustainability goals by adopting innovative solutions and our commitment to investing in the latest technology that will reduce our environment footprint.”

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