DEWA, Emaar, DAFZA observe 'digital' Earth Hour 2020

The theme for the recent WWF-organised global movement was 'Raise your voice for nature'

Earth Hour [representational image]
Earth Hour [representational image]

UAE's governmental and non-governmental entities observed Earth Hour between 8:30-9:30pm on 28 March. The global event shifted online for the first time, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The Earth Hour, which is an annual movement organised by the movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, sees people and businesses around the world switch off non-essential appliances and electrics, in a bid to celebrate sustainability.

The theme for 2020's Earth Hour was 'Raise your voice for nature'.

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reported electricty savings of 178MW during Earth Hour 2020, equivalent to a reduction of 74 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Dubai property developer Emaar stated on its social media channels that it played its part by dimming the lights across its communities and under-construction developments.

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) turned off its lights and non-essential power operating machines, and urged individuals and communities to practise the same from the comfort of their homes.

DEWA observed the environmental event under the patronage of Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Emirates Nature

Speaking about the initiative, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: "Earth Hour goes beyond turning off unnecessary lights and appliances for 60 minutes. The ultimate goal is to raise environmental responsibility among society and organisations, and pledge to protect Earth and its limited natural resources."

DEWA recorded electricity savings of 267MW in Dubai in 2019. 

Sustainable energy and services solutions provider ENGIE Cofely Middle East supported and shared a digital lineup of activities to mark the region's first virtual Earth Hour. 

UAE energy and facilities management company Enova encouraged individuals and communities to 'switch off to shine a light on Earth'.

UAE facilities management provider Emrill urged communities and individuals alike to join forces in order to collectively combat climate change.

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