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Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Discusses Strengthening Energy-Sector Cooperation with Leading Canadian Companies

Wednesday 29 , July 2020

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality exchanges with Canadian experts in energy efficiency and public-private partnerships to build a greener economy Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), July 29, 2020 – Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai held a conference to forge collaboration on energy efficiency projects and discuss the effectiveness of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), via videoconference, on July 28th, 2020. The event was opened by H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shekar Al Zaabi, Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, and H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, to highlight collaboration opportunities between Ras Al Khaimah and Canadian businesses to build a greener economy. Opening the discussion, H.E. Al Zaabi underlined that Ras Al Khaimah is one of the fastest-growing economies in the UAE, supported by booming industrial, hospitality, retail, logistics and tourism sectors, offering competitive advantages to businesses looking to establish in the region. Driven by its “Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040”, Ras Al Khaimah targets 30% energy efficiency, 20% water efficiency and 20% contribution of renewables to the electricity mix of the Emirate by 2040. Commending Ras Al Khaimah’s efforts to tackle climate change, Consulate General of Canada outlined Canada’s strengths in energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy solutions, green infrastructure knowledge, as well as Canadian expertise in PPP, ranging from deal structuring, procurement and project development to execution. It also underlined that Canadian businesses would be well positioned to help Ras Al Khaimah achieve its goals. Tuning to specific discussions, Ras Al Khaimah’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Office (Reem) presented a status update on its Energy Efficiency programs and its future projects, which includes thousands of new green developments, over 3,000 building retrofits, significant network expansions in street lighting, water, and electric vehicle charging in Ras Al Khaimah. Canadian experts presented various topics that would support Reem’s energy efficiency programs, including the advantages of integrating smart grid technologies and energy management systems, best practices in delivering energy efficiency and green building projects, and implementing PPP to accelerate green infrastructure deliverables.