In an effort to drive the evolution of energy-efficient lighting in the Middle East key decision-makers and industry world leaders and will convene at the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit on 5-6 November 2012. Over 200 delegates have already confirmed their attendance at the conference which is being held at the Rocco Forte Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE to discuss the prospects in smart lighting as a way of making the Middle East more energy-efficient and sustainable.
With the Middle East experiencing record population growth and urban development, governments and municipalities are quickly becoming aware of the significant benefits of intelligent lighting. Inefficient lighting is responsible for 19 per cent of total electrical consumption and 6 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Governments are now looking to make a shift to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) in the drive to save money in energy and operational costs, slash carbon dioxide emissions, and significantly reduce maintenance requirements.
The summit will provide an important platform for senior representatives, government officials, municipalities, architects, engineers and energy providers to explore challenges and opportunities in smart lighting and discover the products available on the market. Samsung, the events Diamond Sponsor, will be one of the notable companies showcasing their latest technology in an exhibition of the most innovative lighting solutions focused on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. The most up-to-date information on case studies, solutions and companies driving this fast growing market will be important in giving direction to the intelligent lighting initiatives desired for the Middle Eastern region.
To this point several barriers have restricted the penetration of energy efficient lighting technologies in the market. A study by the United Nations Environment Programme/Global Environment Facility en.lighten initiative reported that some of the obstacles holding the Middle East back from implementing smart lighting strategies have been the lack of awareness about the financial savings, low public incentives and low quality CFL’s on the market. The perceived risk on health and the environment caused by the mercury content of the CFL’s have also caused concern. The November 2011 study titled ‘Regional Report on Efficient Lighting in the Middle East and North Africa’ concluded that energy efficient lighting is an economical and commercially viable alternative and that governments and municipalities will be influential in promoting the necessary changes.
Delegates to the 2012 Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will see presentations from high calibre industry professionals who will delve into the subjects of standards and regulations, road and transport lighting, lighting systems and sources, smart control of light emitting diodes (LED’s) and intelligent lighting. Cutting edge technology will also be a highlight of the event with Philips, OWLS AG, Flashnet and Cooper Lighting showcasing their latest solutions. Other sponsors of the summit include Maximus, Infineon, Ligman, Musco Lighting, ABB, Brandenburg, Breyer, FTC, Betalux, Sumitomo Corporation and SELC.
Expotrade are the organiser of this year’s conference under the patronage of Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. A global conference and event organiser Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events
For more information on the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit, visit http://www.lightingsummit.com or contact Expotrade on +9714-4542135.