Continuing its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (Gord) has collaborated with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to support local and regional projects seeking energy efficient solutions.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed virtually between Gord and EESL. The organisations will collaborate to provide to Qatari stakeholder the solutions and technologies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport solutions, carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality.
According to the agreement, Gord and EESL plan to collaborate in manufacturing, supply and installation of energy efficient lighting systems. Another possible area of co-operation is the deployment of electric vehicles charging infrastructure.
With a promising potential, the global passenger electric vehicles sales jumped from 450,000 in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2019, according to BloombergNEF’s Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020. In Qatar, the number of electric and hybrid cars is expected to reach as high as 10% of the total market by 2022, thus requiring more EV charging stations.
Other areas of co-operation in the MoU include the deployment of large-scale smart metering system, sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, sustainability consulting assignments and carbon neutral projects.
Dr Yousef Alhorr, founding chairman of Gord said, “In its latest advancement to provide high quality implementation services, Gord has tied up with one of the world’s largest Energy Services Companies, EESL, a public sector company of India. Gord, in collaboration with EESL, wishes to extend world class and low-cost energy efficiency, renewable energy and green transportation projects implementation services across various sectors of Qatari organisations.”
“The potential of performance-based contracting model for energy services has been recognised worldwide for their low risks and cost efficiency and it is the right time for Qatari organisations to start making abundant use of such models in achieving their sustainability and climate mitigation objectives and to stay competitive and abate risks of implementation,” he added.
Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL noted his organisation’s expertise in handling the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio and Gord’s local experience and technical skills in Qatar will synergise perfectly to create lasting impact in the region.
“We have been constantly exploring newer avenues for implementing energy efficiency initiatives, agnostic of sectors and geographies. This partnership with Gord is a giant stride towards tapping the immense potential for energy efficiency in the Middle East. With the use of our unique Pay-As-You-Save model, we will be able to carry out interventions such as large-scale streetlight retrofit projects, smart metering, deployment of electric vehicles and other energy efficiency projects, without the impediment of steep upfront investments from our partners,” he maintained.
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