Ministry signs JD3 million energy conservation MOU with Aqaba hotels

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AMMAN — In an effort to promote energy conservation and efficiency, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding with 11 Aqaba-based hotels as part of its JD3 million hotel support program. The program aims to enable the hotels to implement energy conservation and rationalization projects. اضافة اعلان

Currently, the first phase is estimated to cost JD1.25 million, shared between the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

According to Saleh Kharabsheh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JREEEF these initiatives aim to reduce hotels' energy consumption, enhance their competitiveness, and improve the quality of their services.

The program in Petra is showing success
In Petra, Kharabsheh highlighted the successful implementation of the energy consumption rationalization program in hotels in the area which led to a remarkable 60 percent reduction in the energy bills of the targeted hotels.

Rasmi Hamza, Executive Director of JREEEF, provided further details on the project, stating that its total cost amounts to JD3 million, which will be allocated to three phases. He highlighted that the project is the first of its kind to be financed under the ESCOs system in the Kingdom, following internationally approved methods that adhere to the best global environmental and financial practices.

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions
Under the supervision of the fund, the program offers grants from both the fund and the authority to the hotels. It also provides grants for the implementation of energy audit assessments conducted by specialized companies funded by the UN’s Development Program. These projects are expected to save hotels nearly a quarter of a million Jordanian dinars annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 760 tonnes.

The UN Development Program has already provided a JD100,000 grant to conduct detailed energy audit assessments for the 11 participating hotels, adhering to the best international practices in the field. Through the adoption of the latest technologies and logistical and technical support, the program aims to promote sustainable and efficient energy practices in partnership with the fund.

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