Organising the event in Dubai underscores ICA’s commitment to strengthen its presence in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries as well as the broader Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, said Francis J Kane, President, International Copper Association.
“The GCC, with its ambitious growth plans in energy, building construction and infrastructure, is an important market for copper. The annual ‘Asia Copper Forum’ has provided representatives of the global copper industry and the local downstream industry in the GCC a unique opportunity to identify areas for co-operation in the sustainable use of copper in the region,” he explained.
Kane added: “ICA initiated its activities in the GCC in 2008 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Emirates Authority for Standards and Metrology (ESMA) to provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of energy efficiency labels & standards. The adoption of higher energy efficiency standards and the display of energy labels on all energy consuming appliances will help to reduce carbon foot-prints in the UAE. The program was formally launched on April 14, this year, initially covering room air-conditioners.
“ICA has also been active in the broader MENA region. In 2008-09, it leveraged its global experience to assist the Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction project in Egypt with the development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for Distribution Transformers and Industrial Motors.
“Looking ahead, ICA plans to build on its experiences so far to expand its promotional efforts for the sustainable use of copper across the GCC in the Energy, Building Construction, Appliances and Public Health sectors, in alliance with policy makers, building construction professionals, appliance and equipment manufacturers, end-users and other stakeholders,” said Kane
ICA has several strategic initiatives aimed at promoting the use of copper, the greenest commonly used architectural metal today. ICA’s Building Construction Initiative will be of strategic importance to the GCC region, which is investing heavily in infrastructure projects.
The Sustainable Electrical Energy initiative by ICA aims to maximize copper’s contribution to saving energy and the environment, while the Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Initiative aims to optimize the proper application of copper in household appliances.
The Technology Initiative utilizes a global copper R&D network to develop and articulate a copper technology roadmap, and the ICA Health and Environment Program develops and uses sound science to foster product stewardship and sustainable development through the entire life cycle, assuring worldwide market access for copper products.
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