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    UAE’s Strategic Plans To Enhance Sustainability



    Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), participated in a panel discussion entitled ‘Sustainability – UAE and France Common Ambitions on Future Energies’ at the UAE-France Business Forum, organized by Dubai Chamber at Zayed University, Dubai Academic City. The session included discussions, and questions focused on sustainability initiatives and projects, in the UAE and Dubai.

    Answering a question about Dubai’s energy strategies to increase renewable energy to 25% and energy efficiency by 30% by 2030, Al Tayer said: “We follow the ambitious vision of our leadership for sustainable development and anticipating the future. We also work in line with our strategies at both federal and local levels as stipulated in the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, and the Dubai Plan 2021. The security of supply is a top priority. We also want to be a role model in the world in energy efficiency, reliability, green economy and sustainability. This is why, the UAE, represented by DEWA, is ahead of other countries and has been ranked number one in the world in getting electricity, as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report.”

    “We have a holistic approach for the energy sector and we translated that into workable strategies. We are securing our supply by diversifying the energy mix, to include clean energy to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. To achieve that, we launched many green programs and initiatives including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which is the largest single site solar park in the world with a total capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. We adopt a strategy to optimize energy efficiency. We have a clear Demand Side Management Strategy that aims to reduce power and water consumption by 30% by 2030 and has 8 main programs: Building Regulations, Building Retrofits, District Central Cooling, Water Reuse and Efficient Irrigation, Specifications of Energy Efficiency, Outdoor Lighting, and the Shams Dubai Initiative to install solar panels on houses and buildings. DEWA has established a demand side management company, Etihad ESCO, to support the improvement of energy efficiency in over 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai by retrofitting. The present value of the cumulative costs up to 2030 is estimated at AED 30 billion, while the present value of savings is estimated in the order of AED 82 billion.  This gives the DSM plan a Positive Net Economic Impact of Net Present Value of AED 52 billion,” added Al Tayer.

    Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
    MD & CEO 
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority