Sufyan Al- Irhayim of the GCC Standardization inaugrates the expo in Jeddah.
Sufyan Al-Irhayim, director of the conformity assessment department and acting director of the standards and metrology department, GCC Standardization Organization; Lucie Berger, head of trade and economic affairs of EU delegation; and Giorgio Elia, vice president, UTC Climate, Controls and Security, inaugurated the HVACR EXPO and co-located FM Expo Saudi & Saudi Clean Expo at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.
The third edition of the largest dedicated indoor climate and refrigeration event opened with the first ever KSA-EU energy efficiency meeting, organized in partnership with Eurovent Middle East, to address collaboration opportunities on HVAC standards, certification and labeling.
“Energy efficiency and sustainability is a growing concern all over the world. In the Middle East, it is very important to have adequate standards and regulations in place to keep energy consumption at a reasonable level,” Markus Lattner, director of Eurovent Middle East, said.
The meeting played a fundamental role in helping preserve the Kingdom’s wealth of energy resources and strengthen the national economy complementing the Kingdom’s National Energy Efficiency Program. The meeting comes under the initiative of the GCC-EU clean energy technology network.
Over 100 VIP delegates attended the meeting, which was made up of keynote speeches as well as an engaging panel discussion, to gain insight from high-profile speakers.
Beyond the key meeting, the educational offering at HVACR Expo Saudi featured a total of 18 free-to-attend CPD (continued professional development) certified workshops to promote best practices and innovative solutions for the Saudi HVAC-R industry.
A range of topics on the agenda covered the latest solutions for energy optimization, better IEQ (indoor environment quality) and green technology HVAC systems.
The HVACR market in Saudi Arabia is expected to double at a CAGR of around 13 percent from 2017-2022 on the back of developing energy tariffs, increased public awareness and a greater sense of responsibility.