CT Bien is participating in the World Future Energy Summit, co-located with the second International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi. He will participate on a panel discussion to explore how rising energy prices have put pressure on energy-intensive industries and what companies are doing to better manage energy use.

By: Chia-Teh (CT) Bien, senior principal technologist and program manager, CH2M HILL

CT Bien will participate in the panel discussion, “Energy Efficiency—Industry” during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), co-located with the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday, January 22.

The WFES is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency, and clean technologies. Leaders will gather to discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.

Rising energy prices, combined with mandates for cutting carbon emissions, are increasingly putting pressure on energy-intensive industries, such as oil, gas, mining, steel, cement, and paper. With industry contributing approximately 50% of global energy demand, more and more industries are looking for ways to better manage energy use and operate more efficiently.

CH2M HILL has partnered with government agencies and companies across all sectors to leverage best practices for reducing carbon emissions and lowering energy costs. The world is changing—both government and businesses face population growth, the reality of finite natural resources, and complying with environmental regulations to protect our world.

During WFES, I will be providing an overview of various energy efficiency initiative projects for the U.S. Department of States Worldwide Support Services and U.S. Diplomatic Foreign Services Posts Worldwide, as well as share examples of global energy efficiency and Smart Grid projects the U.S. Navy Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center has successfully implemented across its Navy and Marine Corps global locations.

Given that managing the water-energy nexus in arid regions is a major topic of the 2014 IWS and WFES conference, I will also highlight initiatives CH2M HILL has been involved with for Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre for Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution (located in the city of Al Ain) to demonstrate how the United Arab Emirates (UAE) region is leading a sustainable eco-existence.

The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is an integral part of the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort development and falls in line with the country’s grand Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 plan to develop the Abu Dhabi as a sustainable Emirate. Adjacent to the zoo, the centre functions as an educational museum and as a research centre for desert and environment related issues in Abu Dhabi and around the world.  The building was designed with sustainability in mind and itself resembles the natural world. A LEED Platinum building, it is the first government development to receive a five pearl rating through Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Estidama (meaning sustainable) system—the highest rating for sustainable design. By incorporating both passive and active energy saving devices, as well as reducing water consumption by using recycled water, the building promotes environmental preservation and sustainability in its design and construction, as well as in the exhibits it will house.

The learning centre is expected to open to the public next year. The project was recognized as the UAE Social Project of the Year by the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2013 and is being considered for the 2013 World Architectural News Sustainable Building of the Year Award for incorporating ancient techniques with authentic design to create a sustainable building despite the harsh and arid landscape of its location.

I look forward to sharing more about this exciting project and speaking with the other panel participants on January 22 at 12:15pm—hope to see you there!

CT is a Senior Principal Technologist and Project Manager for CH2M HILL International. With more than 28 years of experience, CT leads international program development for the firm on projects located throughout the world. CT’s expertise spans throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East North Africa region. He has managed work on major international major programs, including the 2012 London Olympics, UK and MASDAR, Abu Dhabi. In addition, he has worked on several infrastructure and transportation projects with the City of Riyadh.

CT is a member of American Institute of Architects and has served on a number of international organizations and committees. He is passionate about environmental sustainability of local communities and aboard and was recently recognized by the Prince of Wales University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership in London for his contribution to the support of the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certification in Sustainable Business since 2006.