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GORD signs agreement with India’s EESL to boost energy efficiency across sectors

GORD signs agreement with India’s EESL to boost energy efficiency across sectors

Tribune News Network
Doha
CONTINUING its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) virtually, to support local and regional projects seeking energy efficient solutions.
Under the agreement, GORD and EESL will collaborate to provide Qatari stakeholders with technological solutions in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport, carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Dr Yousef Alhorr, founding chairman of GORD, said: “GORD is MENA region’s leading sustainability service provider with end-to-end solutions ranging from sustainability research, green building certification, climate advisory, carbon markets, accreditation and eco-testing services. In its latest advancement to provide high quality implementation services, GORD has tied up with one of the world’s largest energy services companies, ‘Energy Efficiency Services Limited’ (EESL), a public sector company from India. GORD, in collaboration with EESL, wishes to implement world class and low-cost energy efficient, renewable energy and green transportation projects across various sectors in Qatar.”
“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 to achieve their sustainability and climate mitigation objectives,” he
added.
Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL, said: “We, at EESL, have been constantly exploring newer avenues for implementing energy efficiency initiatives, across 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. I believe that our expertise in handling the world largest energy efficiency portfolio and GORD’s local experience and technical skills in Qatar will synergise perfectly to create lasting impact in the region.”
According to the agreement, GORD and EESL will collaborate in manufacturing, supply and installation of energy efficient lighting systems. Another possible area of cooperation highlighted in the agreement 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. Currently, passenger EVs are represented by a size of 8.5 million which is expected to hit 116 million in the next five years. Within Qatar, the number of electric and hybrid cars is expected to reach as high as 10 percent of the total market by 2022, thus requiring more EV charging
stations.
Other areas of cooperation covered in GORD’s MoU with EESL 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.

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