Dubai: 2016 utilities consumption targets revealed

Water and energy officials recently met in Dubai to discuss the emirate's consumption reduction targets for the year

Dubai's 2016 targets to reduce its utilities consumption have been revealed. [Representational image]
Dubai's 2016 targets to reduce its utilities consumption have been revealed. [Representational image]

Water and energy officials recently met in Dubai to discuss the emirate's consumption reduction targets for the year. 

The Energy Demand Side Management (EDSM) Executive Committee of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) also highlighted utilities savings achieved during 2015 and over the last five years.

Al Saa’fat, the rating system introduced for green buildings earlier this year, was also reviewed at the meeting.

HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of DSCE and chairman of the EDSM Executive Committee, chaired the meeting. 

Al Muhairbi said 2015 witnessed the organisation inch closer towards its target of reducing energy and water demand by 30%, an initiative being implemented under the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030.

He continued: "Most our programmes have achieved [significant] savings as we move from experimental phases into executive phases on a large scale.

"By the end of this year, we will present our results related to the targets.

"Savings are expected to be about 5% in energy and around 3.5% in water, compared to business as usual," Al Muhairbi added. 

DSCE launched the Demand Side Management Strategy in June 2013, Dubai Media Office reported.

The EDSM Executive Committee is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the strategy. 

Nine programmes form part of the strategy, and these include green building regulations; retrofits; district cooling; wastewater reuse; efficiency regulations; energy-efficient street lighting; and the Shams Dubai initiative. 

 

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