District cooling could save GCC billions

District cooling could well be the 'ideal solution' for the Gulf states region as it has less negative environmental impact. That's according to a report by Booz & Company.

With demand on cooling in the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC predicted to almost triple by 2030, the report suggested district cooling could effectively serve 30 per cent of the region's cooling requirements, if implemented under the right conditions.

Countries of the GCC will have to invest around $100bn for new cooling capacity and over $120bn for new power capacity, as air-conditioning alone will account for 60 per cent of additional power generation required, the report said.

District cooling is the ideal solution for the region as it "has less negative environmental impact than conventional solutions" said to George Sarraf, partner with Booz & Company.

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