GE factory in Saudi to get smart lighting upgrade

GE Manufacturing & Technology Centre (GEMTEC) in Saudi Arabia’s Dammam is installing intelligent light controls and lighting upgrades as part its ‘Ecomagination’ sustainability programme.

Ecomagination is GE’s growth strategy to enhance resource productivity and reduce environmental impact at a global scale.

Current, GE’s new start-up firm that brings together the company’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle business into a holistic offering, is a key supporting partner in the facility upgrades.

The enhancements are set to help eliminate carbon emissions, significantly scaling up the center’s environmental sustainability. Facility leaders expect the upgrades will generate savings of 640 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition, as part of the second phase of expansion, the manufacturing facility at GEMTEC will be an Ecomagination site with lighting upgrades. It will feature LED lamps and will be fully automated. All lighting controls will be based upon occupancy through the building management system. The estimated annual savings are another 650 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and US$75,000 in annual cost savings.

Hisham Al Bahkali, President & CEO, GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain said: “To be able to invest in Ecomagination in this way positions globally the GE Manufacturing & Technology Center as a key project that focuses on promoting environmental sustainability in the manufacturing sector. The lighting enhancements will help eliminate carbon emissions and generate significant cost savings both factors that strengthen operational efficiency of the Centre. Through this, we are further underlining our commitment to promote sustainable development initiatives in the Kingdom.”

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