DEWA's cumulative electricity, water savings worth $353.9m
The authority posted savings of 2.2TWh of electricity and 7.8 billion gallons of water between 2009 and 2019
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has posted cumulative savings of 2.2TWh of electricity and 7.8 billion gallons of water between 2009 and 2019. This is equivalent to $353.9m (AED1.3bn) in cost reductions, and 1.136 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
The savings equate to an annual electricity consumption from approximately 327,000 apartments and annual water consumption of 250,000 apartments, DEWA stated on its website.
Speaking about the achievement, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “We work to achieve the directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world."
He added: "This is aligned with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050. Dubai has achieved significant progress in this area. It reduced its carbon emissions by 19% in 2018, surpassing the target set by the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce emissions by 16% in 2021.
"In 2019, Dubai received the Platinum Rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities certification awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), becoming the first city in the Arab world and the Middle East and North Africa to receive the certification.”
In addition, Al Tayer said that DEWA’s Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), will retrofit more than 30,000 buildings in Dubai by 2030 to make them energy-efficient.
Al Tayer recapped DEWA’s initiatives over the years, which were aimed at creating a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water use. These include the Conservation Award; the Ideal Home initiative; the Green Week; Earth Hour; and Let’s Make this Summer Green campaign.