Dubai's RTA eyes 22GWh power savings in 2018

The ambitious target follows RTA achieving electric power savings worth 12.6GWh in 2017 through projects such as replacing HID lighting with LED units

Dubai's RTA achieved electric power savings worth 12.6GWh in 2017 [representational image].
Dubai's RTA achieved electric power savings worth 12.6GWh in 2017 [representational image].

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed plans to almost double its electric power savings in 2018.

RTA saved 12.6 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of power in 2017, reducing carbon emissions by 4,926t (5,430 tons).

Maitha bin Adai, chief executive officer of RTA’s traffic and roads agency, revealed that a programme would be implemented to install energy-efficient lighting systems in Dubai.

Adai explained: “A plan has been endorsed to replace the conventional street-lighting units of high-intensity discharge (HID) with light-emitting diode (LED) lights.”

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According to Adai, the plan follows the traffic and roads agency’s pilot project of replacing HID units with LED ones “in several areas of Dubai”, which resulted in savings of 50%.

The light replacement programme is part of the RTA’s power-conservation initiatives, which also include partially switching off lights in residential areas, and revising street-lighting hours based on road user safety and security.

“The resultant power savings is expected to reach 22GWh in 2018 – almost double of that achieved in 2017,” Adai added, according to WAM.

“It is equally important to promote the positive environmental practices as it leads to a substantial change in environmental, economic, and social attitudes.”


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