The case for efficient cooling: Majid al-Futtaim case study

Malls and facilities in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar
16 October 2020

Majid al-Futtaim

Hosting 240 commercial tenants in the Al Giza Desert, Dubai- based holding company Majid Al Futtaim’s Dandy Mega Mall spends more than 30% of its energy bill on cooling, primarily for refrigerating produce.

Carrying out the EP100 Cooling Challenge has underscored the potential for cost savings, improved comfort for the mall’s 150,000 monthly shoppers, and helped to make progress towards emissions reduction targets.

Cutting carbon

To help achieve its climate goals, the company is implementing two cooling- related strategies: upgrading systems to use both more efficient equipment and lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

At Mariner Mall in Abu Dhabi, Majid Al Futtaim reduced energy use and costs by more than 9% in 2013 by replacing all chillers with higher efficiency models. Resulting in more than 111 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) reductions annually.

"Our prime driver in the EP100 Cooling Challange is to minimise our carbon emissions while maintaining the same level of customer experience across our assets." - Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim

At a facility in Qatar in 2004, Majid Al Futtaim reduced its utility bill by 10% by deploying a chiller management system.

After an ASHRAE Level 1 audit at Dandy Mega Mall, Majid Al Futtaim considered several opportunities to improve the efficiency of the mall’s cooling systems and decided to take the following actions:

  • Install flowmeters for pumps to help maximise their performance. Leveraging the flowmeter data could reduce each pump’s energy use by 5%, saving an estimated 3,600 MtCO2e annually.
  • Install occupancy sensors for lighting control, reducing the heat load generated by the lighting system leading to cooling energy savings.

While the Egyptian government is targeting a 70% reduction in hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2025 using a 2010 baseline, Majid Al Futtaim has set a more ambitious target for itself.

The company plans to phase out most R-22 refrigerants in its facilities by the end of 2020 and use more climate-friendly refrigerant options.

Continued energy management

To maintain momentum on cooling efficiency, Majid Al Futtaim includes cooling targets within its sustainability plan.

Every year, the company conducts audits on its facilities to meet its sustainability goals.

Majid Al Futtaim continually trains its operations and maintenance staff to ensure they have up-to-date efficiency knowledge and skills.

The management recognises that cooling systems can run with lower costs, energy use, and emissions when staff can identify issues and address them.

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