Dubai posts utility savings worth $326m from 2009 to 2018
Dewa's Al Tayer says 2tWh electricity, 7.4bn gallons of water savings helped reduce one million tonne of carbon emissions
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) customers have saved more than 2tWh of electricity and 7.4bn gallons of water, equivalent to $326m (AED1.2bn), contributing to the reduction of one million tonne of carbon emissions, in line with the emirate’s sustainable efforts between 2009 and 2018, according to vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer’s statement being made on the sidelines of World Energy Day 2019.
World Energy Day – marked on 22 October every year – is an initiative that was endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, during the World Energy Forum that was held in Dubai in 2012. The endorsement was made in the presence of representatives of 54 countries, in addition to the UN, Arab League, and African Union Commission, through the ‘Dubai Declaration of Energy for All’ on 22 October 2012.
Commenting on the initiatives and projects launched as a result of this vision, Al Tayer said: “This supports the UAE's efforts to protect the environment, protect natural resources, and reduce our carbon footprint. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world; and the Demand Side Management Strategy, which aims to reduce energy and water use by 30% by 2030.”