Dubai's RSB to regulate district cooling sector

The decision was revealed at the 51st meeting of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

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Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for electricity and water in Dubai, RSB, has been mandated to include the Dubai's district cooling sector.

The decision was revealed at the 51st meeting of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, headed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

The Council also approved the study for developing a noise pollution strategy.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Council's Vice Chairman, said: "During the Council’s 51st meeting, and in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to promote a comprehensive sustainable development and increase the share of clean and renewable energy, we reviewed a number of strategies, plans, and programmes that contribute to achieving the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071, to secure a happy future and a better life for future generations, and to promote the UAE’s position to be the best country in the world."

He added: "We reviewed the latest updates on the carbon credits programme for the retrofitting of existing buildings and street lighting programmes presented by the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE). This contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, achieving the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and green economy. It also supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart city with a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. We support projects that are based on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in line with the Carbon Abatement Strategy that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021."

HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Energy, said that the members also reviewed the Emirates Energy Award (EEA) 2020, which will be held under the theme ‘Inspiring innovation for sustainable energy’ and will coincide with Expo 2020 Dubai. "EEA seeks to attract and honour the best studies on the current status of energy and develop solutions that will create technologies and mechanisms to address environmental challenges," he added.

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