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DEWA sees 20% rise in Earth Hour savings

Dubai utility saves 305 MWh of power and 183 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reduced electricity use by 305 MWh and carbon dioxide emissions by 183 tonnes during Earth Hour 2015 in Dubai.

The savings represent an increase of 20% compared to last year, when DEWA cut power output by 255 MWh and carbon by 153 tonnes.

During Earth Hour on March 28, tourist attractions, government and private buildings, and residents across Dubai turned off their lights and unessential electric appliances for a full hour.

The event in Dubai was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Emirates Wildlife Society in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature and Masat Property Management at Bay Avenue Park in Business Bay in Dubai.

DEWA marked Earth Hour 2015 by displaying the world’s largest infinity mirror, measuring 7 square meters, setting a new world record. An infinity mirror is a set of mirrors that reflect an image back in a recursive manner, creating a series of smaller reflections that recede into an infinite distance. This infinity mirror communicates DEWA’s message that its efforts are infinite.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008. Since then, DEWA has managed to make significant savings and support Dubai’s objectives to reduce the use of natural resources and achieve environmental sustainability.

“This has been aided by the cooperation of DEWA’s partners and greater social awareness. During Earth Hour over the last 7 years, DEWA managed to reduce electricity use by 1,291 MWh and saved 775 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“DEWA achieved significant results in reducing electricity use over the past 6 years, saving 1,163 GWh of electricity and 5.4 billion imperial gallons of water. This is equivalent to AED 752mn, and over 536,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“The amount of savings achieved during Earth Hour and conservation campaigns reflects the strong environmental awareness among Dubai residents. It also underlines the effectiveness of combined efforts to achieve our objectives to create a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for the benefit of present and future generations,” concluded Al Tayer

Hundreds of residents and visitors attended the Earth Day activities, which started at 5pm. Activities included various entertainment and family activities including clowns, stilt-walking, flower displays, face painting, entertaining contests, souvenirs, heritage activities, and a traditional food corner. Children also celebrated the first anniversary of DEWA’s conservation mascots, Noor and Hayat.

At 8:30pm, participants joined millions of people around the world in switching off lights to mark Earth Hour. A walkathon then started where participants united, and held candles and lanterns. The Walkathon was led by Al Tayer and officials from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and government and private sector staff.

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