Dubai Municipality call for renewable energy drive

As part of the Green Energy Conference at the Middle East Electricity exhibition, Dubai Municipality highlighted the growing demand in developing sustainable energy solutions.

HE Eng. Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality
HE Eng. Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality

In an opening address at The Green Energy Conference,HE Eng. Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality, discussed the rising demand for energy-efficiency technology.

Taking place on the first day of the Middle East Electricity exhibition, Rafia outlined the importance of implementing sustainable technologies to counter the rising demand of electricity.

Rafia explained: “The Dubai 2021 Plan has six major themes, all of which Dubai Municipality is involved in to some extent. The first order of theme is to align DM’s vision to the Dubai 2021 Plan, which means creating an excellent city which provides sustainable lessons of success and comfort of living.

“In order to do that, we have developed a roadmap to achieving a smart sustainable city, consisting of five aspects: An institutional framework, research and development, incentives programme, education and awareness.”

The assistant director pointed out Dubai’s renewable energy targets have recently tripled. Previously 5%, the new expectation is to deliver 15% of total share from renewables into the energy mix by 2030.

He also highlighted out a number of recent projects from the Dubai Municipality where energy saving practices were being put into place. This included the Khazzan sutainable energy park, which according to Rafia is 100% energy efficient. Also included is the AED1bn ($272mn) Dubai Safari park, as well as the future development ‘Desert Rose’, a fully-sustainable city that will house 160,000 people.

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