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EmiratesGBC Congress to highlight green building regulations and financing

The second Annual Congress of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, to be held on December 11 & 12, 2013, at the Grosvenor House Dubai, will put the spotlight on green building regulations, green financing schemes and governmental approaches to promote all-round sustainable development.

Adnan Sharafi, Chairman of EmiratesGBC and Board Member of the World Green Building Council, said: “The case studies presented at the Congress will serve in sharing best practices with policy makers and stakeholders across the construction sector supply chain. The Congress indeed has been conceptualised to promote knowledge sharing that will enable the region to highlight its leadership in promoting sustainable growth.”

Among the confirmed keynote speakers at the event, include representatives of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Dubai Municipality, the Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi, and United Nations Development Programme.

One of the key sessions on the opening day of the Conference focuses on financing schemes for green buildings covering the need for financing, innovative financing mechanisms, incentive strategies and fee structures. The panelists include representatives of DEWA, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Etisalat, Regulation & Supervision Bureau (RSB) and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Qatar Green Building Council and Estidama will present case studies highlighting the benefits of sustainable built environments.

A series of workshops will be held on the second day of the Congress. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council will discuss about Estidama, while the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence will present a workshop on measuring carbon footprint.

The Congress is open to EmiratesGBC members and non-members. To attend, they have to register at http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/register/. Registration fees are AED 1,500 for members and AED 2,000 for non-members, providing access to the 2-day Congress, including workshops and gala dinner.

 

 

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DEWA welcomes delegation from ABB

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received a delegation from Swiss engineering firm ABB, which is part of a series of visits from major global companies. The delegation included Carlo Poñe, CEO of ABB UAE and Head of Southern Gulf & Pakistan, and Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Executive Vice President for Strategic Partners at ABB.

The aim of this visit is to promote collaboration between DEWA and ABB, to share expertise in the fields of energy and smart grid solutions, and ABB’s focus on building closer ties with DEWA for their mutual benefit.

ABB will participate in the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment (WETEX 2014) as a Strategic Sponsor. WETEX 2014 will be held in conjunction with the World Green Economy Summit 2014 on 14-16 April 2014 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ABB’s delegation briefed Al Tayer about the services it provides as Dubai is one of its most important markets. At the end of the visit, Al Tayer briefed the delegates about DEWA’s activities and projects.

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BGreen Awards 2013 winners share their secrets

Around 300 people attended the BGreen Awards 2013 ceremony held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel on Thursday November 28 to see awards in 12 categories recognising the sustainability initiatives of a range of private and public sector organisaitons.

Lorraine Bangera and Anoop Menon spoke with each of the winners as they stepped off the stage with their award.


M
ost Sustainable Large Corporation

Winner: Interface.

This year’s BGreen winner Interface was founded in 1973 and now employs 3,000 across the world and as well as producing a unique sustainable product, most of its buildings meet LEED and USGBC performance requirements too.

Its neat scheme to use old fishing nets to make carpet tiles alongisde its strong company ethos for sustainability earned it the award.

The award was presented by Rami Hajjar, GM at Philips Lighting ME, too Jubilant Clement, Business Development Manager and Turgay Turan, Business Develpment Executive at Interface.

Clement said: “Winning this award is fantastic. Being a part of Interface, we have a path of sustainability since 1994. The company has set a target that by the year 2020, we will be a net zero company in line with our founder’s vision.

“Our efforts are being recognised by people across the world. Dubai winning the Expo 2020 is great and it coincides with our goal Net Zero 2020. This is a milestone for us, but we are very excited about achieving it.”

Interface is a world leader in its production field and awards guest were told that it uses 95% less water in its production process, compared to 30 years ago and its most recent sustainability driven innovation uses old fishing nets, which are recycled improving the lives of fishermen, the seashore… and helping make a new range of carpet tiles.

Runner up Unibeton is a recognised leader in its field with the promotion of green sustainable concrete, and telecom operator Du’s has embraced sustainability, from recycling and reducing electricity consumption, to low-emission vehicles and well educated staff.

 

Contractor of the Year 

Winner: Brookfield Multiplex

Noha Kadora, KONE’s  Marketing Manager presented the award to  Stephen Smith, Environmental & Sustainability Manager at the Brookfield Multiplex.

He said: “We are very happy and excited. We have worked very hard to get to a place like this. The BGreen Award is great, we have supported BGreen for the last year, and look forward to supporting it in 2014 and hopefully further on.

MC Ben Jacobs told the audience: “It [Brookfield Multiplex] has an exciting track record in sustainable construction, From the Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi to number One JLT in Dubai as well as this year’s Standard Chartered Tower. This company continues to demonstrate an integrated sustainability vision for all of its operations.

 

Green Building Project of the Year

Winner: The Change Initiative building in Barsha.

The award was presented by Peter Robinson, the marketing manager of Gyproc, to Chetna Pandita, Head of Marketing and Communications at The Change.

She said: “This is very exciting. In our heart we knew we were going to win this award because we got the LEED platinum certification, but we just wanted to be modest. We believe in sustainability throughout.

“Our core competence is sustainability. We want to engrave sustainable solutions in everyday life for everybody, which has been the main aim of the company. So this has been a very proud and very humble moment for all of us.”

MC Ben Jacobs told the audinece: “LEED awarded it 107 out of a possible 110 LEED points making it the most sustainable building in the world. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s a place where you can buy an impressive range of sustainable and green products.”

 

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Winner: Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability LLC

The award was presented by Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah and collected on behalf of the company by Gary Wright, senior editor of BGreen.

Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability LLC is a Dubai-based business established in 2011 to provide alternative and renewable energy solutions. It targeted landfill site in the region with a specific aim to reduce greenhouse gas and use it for power production. Today at Dubai’s Al Qusais landfill a gas engine running on landfill methane produces all the power needs of the site and the municipality offices.

Al Qusais Landfill is the first landfill in the region to produce electricity from landfill gas cutting the emission of more than 350,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The company’s entry explained: “Our space is at the landfill site and the site is powered by the landfill gas. We are not certified but we are totally sustainable. Air conditioning units and the chillers for the flaring plant are operated by the landfill gas engine. No fossil fuels are being used and all lights are operating by the electricity provided by the landfill gas engine no fossil fuels are being used.
The company is also involved in education programs with the schools and government agencies on sustainability, carbon management, and awareness programs on what we are achieving.

 

Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year

Winner: Lietcorp Middle East

John Carruthers, Managing Director at Lietcorp Middle East and Africa, picked up the award for the Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year, which was presented by by Ida Tillisch, of EWS-WWF.

He said: “From our side we are an LED manufacturer, everything we make is sustainable. We educate clients and get them to work along someone who is like Al Futtaim, which is such a large project, to be recognised.

And their efforts and our efforts in doing it, is very important especially in terms of Expo 2020. We were supporting Dubai Expo 2020, as a part of their bid was sustainability, green building and zero carbon emissions, etc. So for us of course that is fantastic as an LED manufacturer, everything we do is at the leading edge of lighting.

The company oversaw the retrofitting of lights at Dubai Festival City Mall, which has reaped annual energy savings of $25,000  and by removing the need for replacement lamps for another 15 years, it saved another $30,000.

Lietcorp, established in 2005, specialises in innovative LED technologies for commercial lighting applications. It employs 80 staff in the UK, UAE, Spain and Germany who provide sustainable lighting solutions by lowering energy consumption, carbon emissions and improving light quality.

In its submission for the award, Leicorp said: “Our brief for the Dubai Festival City Mall project we are entering was to create a sustainable lighting solution, with payback within two years and maximum energy savings. The space was not ideal for lighting at all, with over 2.8 million sq ft of floor space to light and a 23m ceiling on the ground floor with a large glass atrium.”

Most Sustainable Non-Government Organisation

Winner: EWS-WWF

The award was presented  by DTCM’s Shaikha Ebrahim AlMutawa to Ida Tillisch, Director General of EWS-WWF.
She said: “BGreen Awards in general is a very important award, as it is recognising sustainability throughout all sectors. It is great, because particularly in this region sustainability is going above and beyond.

“I think it is increasingly important to be recognised. Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF to receive the Most Sustainable NGO means a lot, we do a lot in the region to conserve our biodiversity, tackling climate change and reducing the ecological footprint. It is always nice to know it is being recognised.”

Talking about its plans for next year, she said: “We do have a long-term strategy, for next year we are working on issues for conserving biodiversity. Also working closely with the government on a project called the Ecological Footprint Initiative, which is project aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the country.”

Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) is a UAE environmental NGO, which works in association with WWF, one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. EWS-WWF has been active in the UAE since 2001 and has initiated and implemented  dozens of conservation and education projects in the region. The Marine Turtle Conservation Project is helping to paint a picture of the global health of our oceans. Its  Blue Flag programme seeks to adopt sustainable practices and ensure residents and visitors are appropriately informed about which coastal areas, such as beaches, meet international standards. Working closely with Abu Dhabi Municipality and Dubai Municipality, EWS-WWF has led informative workshops to foster increased capacity building, and to encourage beach and marina operators to join the internationally respected and trusted programme. This year, there were 12 more beaches and marinas added to the programme, which adds up to 24 in total. And Earth Hour in 2013 saw all major cities from the emirates plunge into darkness to join more than 150 countries around the world making it the largest ever participation during the history of Earth Hour.

 

Sustainable Supplier of the Year

Winner: KONE

The award was presented by Simon Crispe, Commercial Director for Atkins Middle East to Fadi Doleh, NEB Sales Manger for KONE.

He said: “We are very happy to be awarded Sustainable Supplier of the Year. We have developed in this industry with a result at the end of the day.”
Speaking about winning Expo 2020, he said: We are very happy about winning the Expo 2020, as we are a part of Dubai, a part of UAE. Our city getting a chance to host such a massive event will give us a lot of opportunities in construction. Dubai will also be leading the green building industry, will mean we will have a lot of opportunity for businesses.

Announcing the award MC Ben Jacobs told the audience: “The winner changed the market in energy consumption for its product in 1996, which reduced consumption by 70 per cent and continued to develop the concept with an even more economic 2012 design. Elevators are an everyday part of life in this region.”

Established in 1910, the Finnish company is a leading elevator and escalators production in the world, with around 40,000 employees, and annual net sales of $ 8.5 billion in 2012.

Since arriving in the Middle East in the 1980s, KONE has contributed to many of the region’s most high profile construction projects, including the Princess Tower in Dubai – the world’s tallest residential building – the award-winning Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, and The Clock Tower in Makkah.

 

Most Sustainable Government Department

Winner: Emirates Transport

Van T. Tran, Senior Strategy & Investment Advisor from Green Energy Solutions presented the award to Eng. Amer Al Harmody, CEO of Emorates Trnsport’s  Technical Department.

He was accompanied by five other members of the Emirates Transport team including Fadil Ataalla, manager of Emirates Luxury Vehicle, a subsidiary owned by Emirates Transport.

Fadil Ataalla said: “It is a great pleasure and honour for the Emirates Transport team. The leaders of Emirates Transport have been following and concentrating on making a mark in the field of green.

“We represent the government in many sectors, one of which is the transportation field. We do have a responsibility towards the community to reduce our carbon footprint. Sustainability is one of our main target, our main achievement to change and reduce the carbon footprint and make a green fleet. This is just the beginning and there is still a lot of research going on.

“We have the biggest lease of buses in the UAE, and we do understand our responsibility in reducing our CO2 output. You will see how we will work towards reducing our carbon footprint in the coming years.”

Emirates Transport had a lot to talk about this year having converted 3,000 of its 12,000 vehicle fleet plus another 1,000 taxis and police cars to run on compressed natural gas.

CNG reduces carbon monoxide emissions by 93 per cent compared with petrol. It has halved the 15,000 tyres dumped in landfill each year by setting up a re-treading factory and all its vehicles use waterless washing.

 

Best Waste Management Company

Winner: Bee’ah

The award was presented by Mrs Arzu Bilgen of BASF to Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah.

He said: “First of all we are very proud to win this award. Bee’ah has set a very high benchmark to be a leader in waste management in the Middle East. We have set a target to achieve zero waste going to landfill by the 2015, and we have already achieved a lot. Today, this is just a testimony that we are on the right track on the way to leading environmental change in the region.”

Speaking about Dubai Expo 2020, he said: “The vision of our leaders have always put UAE and its population in the leading position. This Award is a testimony to the vision of our leaders, and just like Bee’ah which is another success story out of Sharjah. We have won many awards, showing we are in line with the vision of our leaders.”

MC Ben Jacobs told the audience: The winner was chosen for its lead in waste reduction. A company, which has this year saved 60 per cent of waste going to landfill and has pledged to make that 100 per cent by 2015.

Bee’ah, based in Sharjah, was founded in 2007 with the specific aims of enhancing the environment and achieve added-value commercial ventures, while upholding its commitments to stakeholders.

Bee’ah established Tandeef, its waste collection and street cleaning division, as well as the Waste Management Complex (WMC) which promised and entirely new approach to managing waste with some of the most advanced waste recovery and recycling facilities, run by a team of international experts.

Worldwide 70% of municipal solid waste is dumped or landfilled, only 19% is recycled and 11% is subject to energy recovery. Today Bee’ah diverts more than 60% from landfills and is on target for Sharjah to be the first Arab city to divert 100% of its waste from landfill.

 

Most Sustainable Small or Medium Business

Winner: Genesis Manazil Steel Framing

Ms Firdaus Shariff, Head of Marketing, SAP Middle East and North Africa to Ahmed Mahmoud Shalaby, Business Development Executive of Genesis Manazil Group.

He said:We are happy because this is our first ‘green’ award.”
Dubai’s Expo success was one of the main themes of the evening and he added: “Dubai winning expo 2020 is great. It is a wonderful opportunity for improving sustainability in the country.”

The award set out to recognise the SME, which demonstrated a positive and clear sustainability strategy, especially those that made an early effort to adopt green policies.

NC Ben Jacobs told the awards audience: “The winner’s products meet all Estidama and LEED requirements, with energy savings across the board and promises its steel framed buildings offer the greenest solution on the market.”

Genesis Manazil Steel Framing was set up in 2005 and now employs around 90 people, in Abu Dhabi working from the architectural drawings all the way to inspect the finished light steel structure. Steel is recyclable and construction processes ensure it is easily done when the time comes.

ecofriendly sustainable solution, that complies with LEED and ESTIDAMA requirements, and saves energy and water consumption which are a major initiative lead by UAE governments.”

 

BGreen Editor’s Choice Award

Winner: Unibeton

Presented by BGreen senior editor Gary Wright to Robin Jones, Director of International Strategic Business Development and Marketing at Unibeton. He said: “The success of our business is the quality of service and product with the enhancement of environmentally friendly production practices. As far as awards are concerned this is good way to congratulate those companies that excel, however it’s the journey that they take for the award that builds the excellence.

From a Unibeton perspective, many years ago environmental attitudes were merely lip service, but the world has moved on to a real time environmental status. The rulers have given us a mandate which is tough, and we as progressive companies must rise up to the challenge. I think awards like this and the support you can see tonight, show companies with courage and commitment and solid sustainability ideas to go forward especially for the Expo 2020 and beyond.”

In his assessment of the company editor Wright said: “There is no escaping the fact that the production of cement is polluting but concrete is vital for the whole infrastructure of this region.

“You will have noticed tonight that one finalist’s name has appeared in three categories.

“This company started in the UAE in 1980 and is now the biggest producer in the country with the capacity to produce 10 million cubic metres of concrete a year delivered through its fleet of 600 ready mix trucks.

“It has been involved in some record breaking concrete pours, from the Palm, here in Dubai, to the Holy Mosque expansion in Makkah.

“This company has pioneered the use of green cement to produce its concrete. This company has achieved carbon savings of 70% with its green products. And this company has set sustainability targets both for its products and its day-to-day operation that are an example not only to companies in this region, but producers across the world.”


Special Award for International Recognition

BASF

Presented by the winner of  this year’s  Pro Chef Magazine sustainability champion award, the director of kitchens at the Radisson Blu Diera Creek  Uwe Micheel to Antonio El Sayegh, head of coporate communication at BASF.

He said: “The award is not significant unless you do the action behind it. Hopefully we have a lot of plans in sustainability, and we have strategy to deliver that.”

BASF is a world leading chemical company and one which has recognised its corporate responsibility to the environment and also supports campaigns in each of its operational regions.

Here in the UAE it is the main sponsor of The Eco-Schools programme, which engages children and young people in key issues including the environment, sustainability, global citizenship and the value of a low carbon future.

 

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BGreen Awards 2013: The Winners

More than 300 people attended one of the biggest evenings in the UAE last night for the BGreen Awards 2013.

The glittering ceremony at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai recognised the sustainability achievements of organisations across the country in 12 categories.

Among the guests were government delegations from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Municipality and Emirates Transport.

Addressing the audience at the beginning, DTCM’s Shaikha Ebrahim Al Mutawa who told the audience of her joy over the Expo 2020 win for Dubai, announced the previous evening. “The people are united, not just the emirates but all the nationalities,” she said.

Referring to the Expo bid’s focus on sustainability, she described the BGreen Awards as “a celebration of sustainability and rewarding those companies who have begun the journey – everyone is a winner.”

Introducing the evening BGreen senior editor Gary Wright told the audience: “This evening is about recognising achievements of organisations both large and small and while there can be only one winner in each category. Each of the finalists has my personal congratulations for their sustainability efforts in the past 12 months.”

BGreen Award Winners

(Click on the award to see winner’s reaction)

Most Sustainable Large Corporation,

Winner: Interface.

Runners Up:  Du and Unibeton

 

Contractor of the Year Award

Winner: Brookfield Multiplex

Runners up: Al Tayer and Arabtec

 

Green Building Project of the Year

Winner: The Change Intiative building in Barsha.

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority HQ at Al Quoz and Standard Chartered Bank by Brookfield Multiplex in Downtown Burj Khalifa

 

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Winner:  Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability LLC

Runners Up: Dubai Municipality (nominated by Philips) and Pacific Controls System

 

Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year

Winner: Lietcorp Middle East

Runners Up: iGuzzini (lighting architects) and Philips Lighting Middle East

 

Most Sustainable Non-Government Organisation

Winner: Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF)

Runners Up: The Clean Energy Business Council and Emirates Green Building Council

 

Sustainable Supplier of the Year

Winner: KONE

Runners Up: BASF and Unibeton

 

Most Sustainable Government Department

Winner: Emirates Transport

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity Water Authority and Dubai Municipality

 

Best Waste Management Company

Winner: Bee’ah

Runners Up:  Dulsco and Imdaad


Most Sustainable Small or Medium Business

Winner: Genesis Manazil Steel Framing

Runners Up: The Green Office Company and Union paper mills


Editor’s Choice

Unibeton

 

Special Award for International Recognition

BASF

 

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer inaugurates ‘Power to Cloud’ event

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the ‘Power to Cloud’ conference and exhibition organised by Schneider Electric in Dubai. The conference showcased the future of smart cities, ways to implement best international practices to manage energy consumption, ambitious plans to fulfil growing energy requirements, and the concept of green cities for a better future.

Al Tayer said: “The two-day conference and exhibition held under the theme ‘Building Next Generation Mission-Critical IT Infrastructure,’ and other such initiatives, are important for us to exchange expertise, experiences, and information. It also helps the process of developing the necessary technology required for the transition to smart grids, and accelerating the construction of smart cities.

“The initiative aims to establish Dubai as a smart city by developing Smart Grids that enhance the performance of utility providers, upgrade the services provided and ensure that supplies and services contribute to environmental protection and reduced carbon emissions.

“DEWA has set its strategy and roadmap for smart power and water grids, totalling AED 7 billion to support the efficient and reliable infrastructure of communication to support the Demand Side Management programme and connect to sources of renewable energy. DEWA also has proceeded with the smart meters project, and plans to install 72,000 smart meters per year for new connections. It is expected that the existing mechanical and electromechanical meters will be completely replaced by smart meters within the next five years at a rate of 250,000 electricity and water meters per year in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors. The use of smart meters is a key element of building a smart network, and DEWA is a leading organisation in adopting the latest technologies, such as SCADA systems, control systems, protection and smart systems, to achieve the highest possible standards of efficiency, and reliability.”

 

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DEWA chooses JAFZA to showcase projects

The CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has offered a review of its 2013 sustainability initiatives in its quest to become a “sustainable world-class utility”

DEWA has set itself clear power targets for the next two decades in accordance with the government demands. “We are working to secure Dubai’s power requirements by 2030 by using four sources: Gas, 71%, clean coal and nuclear energy another 24% and solar energy, which is 5%,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Sustainable building
“At the beginning of this year, we inaugurated DEWA’s sustainable building which is considered as the first UAE sustainable government building and the first government building in the world to obtain the platinum rating of green buildings, achieving 98 points on a scale of 110 according the US Green Building Council LEED.” He explains that the building saves 66% of energy consumption by using solar power production station with a capacity of 660 Kw, and it reduces water consumption by 48%. It was built on a 340,000 square feet (31,587 m2) plot at a total cost of AED75 million.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Solar energy has seen huge strides this year said Al Tayer with the first phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park being commissioned in October (see story om page 8).
He said: “This will contribute to developing the technology used in generating electricity by solar energy with a planned capacity of 13 megawatt by the use of photovoltaics, then connecting it to the main DEWA grid in the second phase. The total production capacity for this project is expected to reach 1,000 MW, with a total cost of AED12 billion.”

Clean coal technology
Many people were surprised when the UAE revealed it was seeking to build coal-fired power station. But this will be a state-of-the-art facility said Al Tayer.
“In a leading and pioneering step to use a mix of the new sources to generate power, we have invited for a consultancy services tender to establish Hassyan Independent Station to generate power by using clean coal technologies. “Production capacity of the first phase of the project will be around 1,200 Megawatt, commissioned by 2020 with a production capacity of 600MW. The second phase will be completed by the summer of 2021, with the same capacity.

M Station
Water production is another focus for DEWA and Al Tayer said the organisation would be spending billions to increase capacity while almost doubling thermal efficiency.
He said: “We are also working on increasing the production capacity of the water and electricity generation plant (M Station), which already has a current capacity of 140 million IGPD (imperial gallons per day) of desalinated water on a daily basis, and 2,060 MW at the cost of around AED1.2 billion in order to increase the production capacity of the station by 400MW, while enhancing the thermal efficiency to 90%.”
DEWA is also looking at new ways to store drinking water for the emirate, including using natural underground caves.
“The first phase of DEWA’s hydrogeology report is in progress, where an international consultancy firm was hired to determine existing ground water aquifers through an integrated scientific study that examines the possibility of storing drinking water in naturally-occurring underground spaces.”

Generation costs
Al Tayer said DEWA was also making huge strides in efficiency of its existing operations in both power generation and water production claiming it is 26% more efficient than it was just six years ago.
Production capacity is up by 450MW without using any extra fuel or expanding into a new production plant and costs are down by AED1.4 billion, as a result of enhancing mutual cooperation with Dubai Aluminium (Dubal).
“We have also achieved a reduction in cost in the period 2010 – 2012 by AED131 million,” said Al Tayer.
Demand reduction, including customer education and inspections, saved DEWA another AED411 million. It saved another AED6.6 million by reducing its own consumption including turning off lights outside working hours, increasing AC temperature to 24°C and replacing light bulbs with ecofriendly LED lights.

Smart government
In line with the initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘Smart Government’ aiming to provide government services on mobile phones and smart phones, DEWA has embraced the culture as it transforms from e-Government to Smart Government, by adopting the latest technologies.
Al Tayer said: “DEWA has been providing its e-services through its website and smart phones applications since 2010 to make it easy for its customers to reach the smart services.”

Infrastructure
Looking to the future Al Tayer said DEWA is very focussed on smart cities: ”We are also working on improving infrastructure of smart grids and communication that will form the first and basic pillar in building smart cities, on which services of electricity, water, communication and other services are based. I can say that we have made great strides; however we still have a lot of opportunities to explore.”

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