District Cooling Market Size

An overview of district cooling market across GCC countries, overall industry share to exceed USD 140 billion by 2024

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Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, one of the pioneers of district cooling market, recently generated a heavy momentum in this fraternity with the news of connecting almost 40 buildings with its district cooling services in the first half of 2018. The total connected load in this period was more than 52000 RT (refrigeration tonnes). Reportedly, the company has further awarded the suppliers and contractors with 25 contracts on new projects across various areas in Dubai, in which the company currently operates 73 district cooling plants. For the record, Empower started its operation in the year 2014 by providing district cooling services to only two buildings and the company set a record of providing services to more than 1000 buildings by the end of 2017. Empower’s initiative not just reflects the company’s strengthened position in Middle East district cooling market, but also depicts the growing consumer awareness regarding the importance of energy efficient cooling technologies.

China District Cooling Market Size, By Production Technique, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)
China District Cooling Market Size, By Production Technique, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)

For the uninitiated, district cooling technology bears inherent advantage for areas with dense demographic pattern and huge demand for efficient air conditioning. This is the fundamental reason why district cooling industry observes a massive growth scope across GCC countries. In a bid to unlock the potential of the technology, regional governmental bodies are taking significant initiatives that has immensely contributed in the business share.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, a couple of years back, declared its plans to improve the regional district cooling operations by increasing its investment in the technology from 20% to 40% by 2030. Reportedly, this is in sync with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to transform Dubai into an International hub for clean energy. The initiative was touted as a part of the implementation of the demand side management strategy for the energy sector.

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Another gulf country that has emerged to be a profitable growth avenue for district cooling industry is Saudi Arabia. Increasing construction spending in major cities like Macca and Riyadh in tandem with favorable regulations promoting adoption of district cooling systems are two of the interlinked factors that are expected to push Saudi Arabia district cooling market to reach USD 1 billion by 2024.

From the economic point of scale as well, district cooling market is indeed a viable investment spot for GCC countries. Air conditioning across these regions is deemed to be highly cost intensive. As per estimates, the cooling capacity installation across GCC belt approximately costs around USD 50 billion. Accounting for almost 50% of annual electricity consumption and an annual fuel opportunity cost of USD 20 billion, air conditioning presently is the chief determinant of the region’s increasing power requirements. It has been claimed that the cooling demand in this belt would nearly triple by the end of 2030, due to extreme climatic conditions. Meeting this requirement would cost GCC nearly USD 100 billion for installing new cooling capacity and an additional USD 120 billion for new power capacity, if it continues to maintain the existing cooling technology pattern.

District cooling market, however, makes economic sense in areas of highly cooling density. According to estimates, district cooling consumes nearly 40 to 50% less energy for every refrigeration ton-hour that traditional in-house building technologies. In fact, as per experts’ opinion, these sustainable services under favorable circumstances offer significant operational efficiency as well as cost gains.

It is imperative to mention that the full potential of the district cooling market can only be achieved via effective governmental interventions. Its long-term potential capacity & fuel saving alone justify the immediate need for sufficient governmental involvements in making this technology mainstream. By incorporating district cooling in urban planning, governments can allow this ecofriendly technology to play a vital part in the overall economic growth. With a strong regulatory backup and unprecedented technological advancements, overall district cooling market is certain to attain remarkable proceeds over the ensuing years.

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