The MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) shared Dubai’s experience in renewable and clean energy in a keynote address on the second day of the 24th World Energy Congress.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer told assembled industry leaders that the UAE leads global efforts in the clean and renewable energy sector, noting that DEWA seeks to consolidate sustainability with via economic, social, and environmental strategies aspects within its organisational framework.
“To achieve this, DEWA is working on several directions, including the launching of pilot projects in renewable and clean energy and enhancing energy efficiency,” HE said.
“We continue to launch new initiatives aimed at rationalising consumption, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging community members to produce electricity from solar energy in buildings and connecting them to DEWA’s grid, and the use of electric vehicles and other initiatives and programmes; aimed at reducing our carbon footprint and promoting the transition to a green economy in Dubai.
“DEWA’s efforts, together with the efforts of other government organisations and private institutions in Dubai, have achieved an astounding 19% reduction in CO2 emissions of Dubai when compared to the business as usual (BAU) scenario, two years ahead of the targeted date.
“This exceeds our Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 target to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.”
DEWA has made investments of over $23billion for the next five years to meet the growing demand for electricity and water in the Emirate.
The authority has an installed capacity of 11,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity and 470million imperial gallons (MIGD) of desalinated water per day, and provides services to over 900,000 customers in Dubai.
HE Al Tayer says that hosting the World Energy Congress in the UAE affirmed the country’s position as a leader on renewable energy.
HE said: “Despite possessing one of the largest oil reserves in the world, the UAE has prepared early to deliver the last barrel of oil; as stated by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan: ‘We have started our first steps and early preparations for the sustainability of our resources and to bid farewell to the last drop of oil’.
“And today our nation leads global efforts in the clean and renewable energy sector through its strategies and investments.
“We are striving to achieve this transition through the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050, and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai's total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”