"Dubai Airports – Swiss digitalization technology creates a greener future.""A tailor-made solution for Dubai Airports reduces its annual energy bill by 20 % as well as the overall environmental footprint. Every energy efficiency solution is unique. Though we try to standardize as much as possible, each project has its own peculiarities. That’s why there needs to be a meeting of knowledge and creativity in order to be successful."
Buildings can be smart spaces in different ways. They can be organizers – preparing meetings and events. They can be individualists – catering to users’ needs and wishes. They can be security forces – protecting valuable assets. And, of course, they all should be environmentalists – conserving energy and resources. "I am in charge of smart solutions aimed at saving energy, reducing CO₂ emissions, and conserving resources," explains Magda Vanzetto, Head of Energy Engineers at Siemens Smart Infrastructure headquarters in Zug.
Before creating a sustainability concept, Magda Vanzetto and her team develop detailed facility audits to pinpoint opportunities and potentials. "Our approach is holistic: through site surveys and data collection we identify the best combination of facility improvement measures – on the demand side as well as on the supply side," she underlines. The result is a comprehensive technical proposal of upgrades and enhancements to different parts of the customer’s facility – to increase energy and operational efficiencies as well as reduce costs.
Our approach is holistic: through site surveys and data collection we identify the best combination of facility improvement measures – on the demand side as well as on the supply side.Magda Vanzetto, Head of Energy Engineers, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Zug
Speaking of results: some figures speak louder than words: Dubai Airports for example, is leveraging smart building technology to create annual energy savings of nearly 20 percent at its facilities through energy efficiency measures at Terminals 1, 2, and 3 as well as Concourse B at Dubai International (DXB). Focusing on air and water systems, the seven-year project is expected to reduce CO₂ emissions by approximately 25,000 tons, generate annual electricity savings of some 50 gigawatt hours (GWh), and conserve around 21 million gallons of water. The initiative is part of Dubai Airports’ comprehensive energy-saving strategy and program designed to reduce the environmental footprint of both of its airports.
Responsible for this ambitious implementation is the Siemens BPS development team (Building Performance & Sustainability). Magda Vanzetto, energy engineers team lead at BPS headquarters in Zug says: "I joined Siemens after my university studies with a desire to make real what matters. My background is in electrical engineering, but I have always been interested in energy topics – so Siemens fits perfectly with my interests and focus."
My background is in electrical engineering, but I have always been interested in energy topics – so Siemens fits perfectly with my interests and focus.Magda Vanzetto, Head of Energy Engineers, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Zug
Building Performance & Sustainability is our answer to growing resource scarcity, evolving legislation, and increased customer expectations of sustainability. "That sounds a bit unemotional, but it’s highly challenging! Since triathlon is my hobby, I know how to combine various disciplines and how to fulfill expectations," Magda Vanzetto smiles. Each solution is designed individually. "Every solution is unique. Though we try to standardize as much as possible, each project has its own peculiarities. That’s why there needs to be a meeting of knowledge and creativity in order to be successful," explains Magda.
"As a pioneer in digitalized buildings, BPS has implemented smart building technology and energy conservation measures in key landmarks including the WAFI Shopping Mall in Dubai, Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, Marriott hotels all over Europe, Radio Bremen in Germany, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, the City of Westfield, Massachusetts, in the USA, and many more."
She values greatly working with an international team in a multicultural environment. "This experience is constantly expanding my horizon and enriching my life." Magda Vanzetto is sure that diversity at all levels will be essential to leveraging and retaining competences and thus the key to success in her job.
Dubai Airports is getting greener.
Year for year a better environmental footprint:
- Cutting 25,000 tons of CO₂
- Saving over 50 GWh of electricity
- Conserving 80 million liters of water
- Reducing energy costs by 20 %