Dh1bn savings in power and water achieved in Dubai
1.67 TW/h of electricity and 6.66 billion gallons of water saved over the past nine years with a reduction of nearly 900,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) programmes and initiatives have achieved significant savings in electricity and water across all sectors.
Between 2009 and 2017, customers saved over 1.677 TW/h of electricity and 6.66 billion gallons of water, worth over Dh1bn.
The savings resulted in offsetting around 900,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. DEWA’s programmes and initiatives managed to reduce electricity use by 19% and water by 27% in the residential sector. The commercial sector reduced electricity use by 9% and water by 29%.
The industrial sector reduced electricity use by 14% and water by 28%. Educational institutions succeeded in reducing electricity use by 10% and water by 24%. Government and semi-governmental organisations reduced electricity use by 12% and water by 21%.
Accumulated savings from electricity and water consumption, equate to over one million trees, more than 104 million LED light bulbs, and over 12,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
“The Demand Side Management Strategy in Dubai aims to reduce power and water consumption by 30% by 2030. At DEWA, we have an effective strategy to optimise energy efficiency for both supply and demand,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA’s global results reflect our efficient, effective and sustainable practices. As part of our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we have adopted an integrated strategy to raise awareness about the importance of sensible use, and involve customers and community members in the efforts to protect the environment and preserve natural resources.
“We encourage all sectors to adopt a conscious and responsible lifestyle in electricity and water use. This supports our efforts to protect the environment, reduce the carbon footprint, and ensure the sustainability of natural resources, for generations to come.”
Throughout the year, DEWA launches a comprehensive set of innovative initiatives, programmes, and rationalisation activities for the residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors to encourage everyone in society to adopt positive behaviour in their daily lives to contribute to the conservation of electricity and water.
The initiatives include Ideal Home, The Conservation Award, Let’s Make this Summer Green and Earth Hour.