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UAE residents reduce power and water consumption

Consumption per capita down in 2014, according to DEWA

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Al Tayer: Protecting the environment.
Al Tayer: Protecting the environment.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) appears to have begun making inroads into its long term target of cutting down on power and water consumption.

Thanks to efficiency measures, per capita consumption of electricity fell by around 4% to 15,346 kW last year compared with 16,022 kW in 2010, the utility announced.

At the same time the rate of water consumption dropped by nearly 10% to 40,777 gallons per capita from 44,631 gallons.

The reduction is in line with DEWA’s goal of cutting power and water usage.

The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 calls for energy demand to be slashed by 30% per capita, by that year.

“According to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, achieving energy efficiency is fundamental to reducing energy demand,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“This will help to reduce our reliance on natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment. We can build on this in the short- to medium term and realise the results in the long-term, and for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.

To achieve the ambitious targets Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy has outlined programmes focusing on eight areas to manage energy demand.

These include specifications and regulations for green construction, retrofitting existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, regulations to raise the standards and efficiency of devices and lighting, and working with private companies to retrofit 30,000 buildings in Dubai.

DEWA has also launched a company specialising in water and electricity consumption in buildings (Etihad ESCO), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and the Clean Coal project and initiatives to raise awareness about an eco-friendly lifestyle and the importance of reducing carbon emissions.

The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 calls for the energy mix to be diversified by 2030. Natural gas will provide 71% of output while nuclear and clean coal will supply 12% each. Solar energy will provide for 5% of the emirate’s energy demand by 2030. 

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