Dubai targets 20% fall in water and power use
Municipality aims for reduction of emissions within five years
Dubai Municipality has, during the 18th board meeting of the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE), presented its plans to reduce water and electricity consumption by 20% within the next five years, according to the Khaleej Times. The targets are part of the emirate’s aim of a 30% reduction in energy demand by 2030, contained within its Integrated Energy Strategy.
Amongst the initiatives mentioned was Dubai’s focus on energy efficiency measures, together with plans to use solar power to light public spaces and heat water.
Dubai’s power capacity increased by 18% in 2011, with Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA) saying that capacity had been increased to 8,718 MW from 7,361 MW in 2010. At the same time, desalinated water capacity was increased to 400 million gallons per day through last year.
The meeting also reviewed preparations for the World Energy Forum, set to take place in Dubai between October 22 and 24 – the first time the event has been held away from the United Nation’s New York headquarters.