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Dubai carbon reduction – a $10bn opportunity

Dubai carbon reduction initiatives across renewable energy generation, smart grid and buildings’ energy efficiency, will spur government spending and private investment of over $10 billion in the coming years, according to Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Green Economy Partnership.

Salman made his comments at the inaugural Green Leadership and Stakeholders’ Dialogue series, an initiative of the Dubai Green Economy Partnership.

Salman said: “Dubai sets a regional and global example for sustainable economic growth and tangible reductions in carbon emissions thanks to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 30% and reducing carbon emissions by over 5 million tonnes.”

Fahad Al Gergawi, Secretary General of Dubai Green Economy Partnership, and CEO of Dubai FDI in the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, presented Dubai Green Economy Partnership 2015 global agenda. He provided insight into how Dubai is forging global partnerships to establish its position as a gateway for regional and global green trade and investments.

The session was moderated by Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon, and included an overview of Dubai’s enabling ecosystem which helps to accelerate the adoption of green technologies, products and services across the region by Marwan Abdulaziz, Executive Director of TECOM Sciences Cluster.

Stephane Le Gentil, CEO of Etihad Energy Services, a Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) venture established this year to support the creation of a viable building energy efficiency services market, shared some eye opening remarks about the business prospects for energy services companies (ESCOs).
She said: “The Dubai ESCOs market will provide new business opportunities for joint ventures, international partnerships as well as engage UAE national entrepreneurs. This will be possible through a diversified supply chain from financial institutions, technology providers and equipment manufacturers to service providers across the project development, management and reporting stages.”



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DSCE honours winners at the Emirates Energy Award

Emirates Energy Award (EEA), was held on October 27 organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy at Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy said: “The Award highlights best global experiences and practices that enhance the rational use of energy, promote the sustainable use of alternative clean resources, reduce dependence on traditional resources to mitigate environmental pollution, strengthen the role of institutions and individuals, and raise awareness on the importance of rationalised use of energy and environmental protection.

“The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is striving to put these directives, initiatives and ambitious strategies into action; an example of which is the launch of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. This aims to diversify our energy sources to comprise a mix of 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal and 5% from solar energy by 2030,”.

The Award, distributed every two years, honoured the winners of the different categories as follows:

  • Large Energy Project: The Gold Award was presented to the Morocco-based NAREVA Holding; the Shams Power Company (United Arab Emirates) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).
  • Small Energy Project: The Gold Award was given to the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company ‘du’ (United Arab Emirates); the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Empower Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Energy Efficiency for Public Sector: The Gold Award was given to Masdar (United Arab Emirates); RTA was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to RasGas (State of Qatar).
  • Energy Efficiency for Private Sector: The Gold Award was given to Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (United Arab Emirates); the Arab Contractors Company was honoured with the Silver Award (Egypt), while the Bronze award was given to ABB/ Al-Khaleej Sugar Company (United Arab Emirates).
  • Education Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to the Friends of Environment Society (Jordan); Dr. Hanan Talib was honoured with the Silver Award (United Arab Emirates), while the Bronze award was given to HSBC Bank (United Arab Emirates).
  • Research & Development Award: The Gold Award was given to Ayman Adnan Almaitah (Jordan); the University of Bahrain was honoured with the Silver Award (Kingdom of Bahrain), while the Bronze award was given to the Nitrate Production System (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan).
  • Young Professional Energy Award: The Gold Award was given to Abdul Aziz Al Obaidli (United Arab Emirates); Mahmoud Shatel (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) was honoured with the Silver Award, while the Bronze award was given to Aisha Ali, Aya Abu Hani and Noora Rashed Al Kaizi (United Arab Emirates).
  • A Special Recognition Award was awarded to the organisations that succeeded in reducing energy consumption, including: Saudi Aramco (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex; Dubai Investment Park (United Arab Emirates); Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme; Emirates Transport, for the use of clean transportation fuels; Dubai Silicon Oasis; and Drydocks World (United Arab Emirates).



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Solar Park to enhance Dubai’s green energy needs

The first phase of 13 MW solar PV plant will be in operation before end of year 2013.

In the presence of a panel of energy experts, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), declared ongoing plans to put up the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It is said to have the capacity of 1,000MW by 2030 and is deemed to be one of the biggest solar parks in the region, Al Tayer was reported as saying at the MENA Renewable Energy Forum.

The Solar Park plan came into action following His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s announcement of a long-term national initiative called Green Economy for Sustainable Development in January 2012. Its aim is to enhance the country’s economy by boosting sustainability and at the same time helping preserve the environment.

Al Tayer also mentioned the Supreme Council of Energy of Dubai which ensures sustainable energy resources for Dubai’s growing economy in a cost-effective manner and reduces negative impact on the environment. He said that within the legal framework, the Council governs all activities related to the energy sector in Dubai, including energy efficiency and resources management.

In 2010, the Council developed Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, and started implementation in January 2011. This Strategy was to be driven by the vision to present Dubai as a role model to the world in terms of energy security and efficiency. The Mission was to support Dubai’s economic growth, through a secure supply of energy and efficient energy usage, while meeting environmental and sustainability objectives, Al Tayer highlighted.

Statistics showed that by 2030, Dubai’s average energy growth is expected to be 4-5% per annum. Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030’s target is to reduce energy consumption by 30% by implementing energy-efficient initiatives and to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, Al Tayer announced. “Currently, the combined power generation and desalinated water production in Dubai are most-efficiently produced using natural gas and LNG as the primary fuel (99%), and supplemented by liquid fuel and diesel oil as a secondary fuel (1%)” Al Tayer claimed.

“As per the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy, by 2030 Dubai will have diversified its fuel mix by adding new energy sources such as 12% from clean coal, 5% from renewable energy including solar power, 12% from nuclear power and 71% from gas,” added Al Tayer.

However, with the increase in population and electricity consumption as well as climate change, future security of energy sources is a chief issue to address. Renewable energy will affect this by contributing considerably to the city’s energy supply mix in the future. The global fossil fuel energy consumption rate is in the order of 80% of global total energy consumption. According to reports, the Middle East has over half of the world’s proven oil reserves, and over one-third of the world’s natural gas reserves.  As a consequence, gas and oil are the primary fuel sources currently for power generation and water desalination, with a very minor contribution from renewable energy.

Al Tayer emphasised the importance of roof top solar power sources for the city, “We have identified that distributed rooftop solar power sources can make a practical contribution to Dubai’s power needs in the order of 20% or around 2,500MW by 2030.”

Technical, commercial and legal frameworks are currently being put in place to facilitate the integration of solar power. Small scale applications of solar are in use in Dubai, such as in commercial and industrial buildings and street lights. Also, one of DEWA’s buildings utilises over 25% of its electricity needs using solar energy.”

Al Tayer concluded that DEWA shared the same goals as the rest of the world to secure a diverse and sustainable energy supply. This would be achievable with the help of renewable energy, rationalisation of consumption and reduction of carbon footprint.

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