More than 1 million tonnes of CO2 will be eliminated by 2030 and 1.7TWh of electricity will be saved by the same year in Dubai.
These targets were revealed by Dubai’s Etihad ESCO at the 4th annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit & Awards, which began yesterday.
The event highlighted the growing investments being made and projects being established to help save electricity, reduce water consumption and raise awareness on energy efficiency in Dubai.
Ali Al-Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, also revealed targets of saving 5.6 billion imperial gallons of water by 2030 through new initiatives.
Solar projects were also a key focus of the event which showed that 1,000kWp will be generated on the rooftops of Dubai World Trade Center as well as 3,000kWp from solar panels on the roofs of 640 villas in Hatta.
Al-Jassim focused on how through such projects, Dubai will become a role model in energy efficiency by implementing cost-effective electricity and water demand saving measures, as well as developing a green service market.
Case studies during the event showed how DEWA has made 30% energy savings through retrofit projects as well as AED2m a year in monetary savings.
This was a result of replacement of chiller plants, significant retrofit of HVAC systems and retrofit of seven DEWA buildings in Dubai.
Lighting was also considered as a key aspect of energy efficiency.
It was shown how lighting can have an important impact on energy savings with the example of Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Limited’s project. It involved lighting retrofit of 1,656 villas and 110,000 lighting fixtures leading to energy savings of a remarkable 80% as well as 0.57 million AED a year.
Al-Jassim commented: “It is important that we continue raising awareness in Dubai on the benefits of retrofitting and its positive impact on the environment. We are working closely with residential groups, government, commercial entities and industrial organizations to provide support and assistance on education around energy efficiency and sustainability. This event goes a long way in spreading the message and in setting new targets for the future.
“We have launched the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program which is a consortium of three local and international partners who will deliver 19 training sessions, offering 12 certifications for members. Initiatives like these will help educate and motivate people to consider changes in technology that will lead to more energy efficient buildings across the Emirate.”