Dubai Earth Hour saves 120 tons carbon emissions
200,000 kW/h also saved in hour of switching off non-essential lights
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that Earth Hour 2013 achieved savings of 200,000 kW/h, and 120 tons of carbon emissions.
Dubai joined over 7,000 cities around the world in Earth Hour where residents turned off the lights and unnecessary home appliances from 8:30 to 9:30pm. Hundreds of individuals also participated in an event held at Burj Plaza in Downtown Dubai by DEWA.
A number of FM companies, construction companies and developers also participated in Earth Hour 2013, including Khidmah, Energy Advantage, Emaar, Enpark and Tecom, Dubal, and more.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of Dubai's Supreme Council and CEO of DEWA, said: "DEWA has organised Earth Hour in Dubai since 2008 in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to achieve sustainable development in the Emirate and promote Dubai as an example to follow in the field of sustainability and clean energy.
"Dubai leads international efforts to protect the environment and preserve natural resources through a series of awareness initiatives and international conferences to promote conservation, minimising carbon emissions, and providing sustainable solutions for global warming and climate change," he added.
"Earth Hour goes beyond turning off the lights for one hour. It is an international call to strengthen collaboration that promotes a culture of conservation, making it a part of daily life."
DEWA organised Earth Hour 2013 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), and in co-operation with Emaar Properties.