Dubai’s Etihad ESCO targets 1.7TWh of electricity savings by 2030
Since 2011, savings of 15 Billion kilowatts have been made as a result of retrofitting buildings, enough to power 200,000 Dubai homes for a full year
More than 1 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide will be abated by 2030 and 1.7TWh of electricity will be saved by the same year in Dubai - according to the new targets revealed by Dubai’s Etihad Energy Services Company, Etihad ESCO, at the 4th annual RetrofitTech Dubai Summit & Awards which began today.
The event highlighted the growing investments being made and projects being established to help save electricity, reduce water consumption and raise awareness on energy efficiency in Dubai.
Ali Al-Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO revealed targets to have 5.6 billion imperial gallons of water saved by 2030 through new initiatives.
Dubai expects to generate 1,000 kWp from the rooftop of Dubai World Trade Centre as well as 3,000 kWp from solar panels on the roofs of 640 villas in Hatta.
Al-Jassim said that these projects will make Dubai a role model in energy efficiency by implementing cost-effective electricity and water demand saving measures, as well as developing a green service market.
He also stated that the partnership with the British University in Dubai, supported by Dubai Supreme Council, is a complete success embracing training programs for executive managers, engineers, technicians and financiers.
The program is planned to add the solar sector and reach out to the GCC countries.
Case studies during the event showed how DEWA has made 30% energy savings through retrofit projects as well as Dh2mn a year in monetary savings.
This was a result of replacement of chiller plants, significant retrofit of HVAC systems and retrofit of seven DEWA buildings in Dubai.
“It is important that we continue raising awareness in Dubai on the benefits of retrofitting and its positive impact on the environment,” said Al-Jassim.
“We are working closely with residential groups, government, commercial entities and industrial organizations to provide support and assistance on education around energy efficiency and sustainability.”
Etihad ESCO has launched the Dubai energy efficiency training programme with three local and international partners to deliver 19 training sessions, offering 12 certifications for members.
The company has also signed its first project outside of Dubai in Abu Dhabi to retrofit two industrial facilities.
Etihad ESCO will now manage the building labelling scheme for existing buildings under the leadership of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the regulation of Dubai RSB.