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DEWA visits South Africa to strengthen cooperation

A delegation from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority headed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, is visiting South Africa to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and exchange of expertise in various fields of energy.

Al Tayer is also meeting senior officials to provide an overview of initiatives and projects; the most important being the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  HE Al Tayer is also inviting South African officials and companies to attend the World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2014) to be held in April in conjunction with the forthcoming 16th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2014.

The visit includes a number of meetings with ministers, and senior officials in the field of energy, as well as a number of field visits to ministries, institutions, and companies operating in the energy and environment sectors. They will visit the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Durban Chamber of Commerce, nuclear power facilities, and other energy-related institutions to discuss partnerships and create more opportunities and open new horizons for cooperation.


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DEWA’s green vision

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) confirmed that DEWA is working to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 which aims to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021, and to implement the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative. DEWA aims to consolidate the foundations of sustainable development by facilitating and supporting various initiatives to promote green technologies, to increase energy efficiency, encourage conservation of natural resources, and reduce carbon footprint, one of the hallmarks of the shift to a green economy.

Al Tayer was addressing a conference organised by the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates (FBC). The event was held at DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, the largest sustainable government building in the world. The conference addressed a number of key topics including green buildings, energy efficiency and sustainability, and water desalination technologies.

Al Tayer said: “DEWA supports a wide variety of initiatives to enhance sustainable solutions. This also complements the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030, through the adoption of energy efficiency initiatives. The implementation of this strategy will strengthen Dubai’s leading position in energy security, and efficiency, and support a green economy and sustainable development, which emerges from the clear vision of the government.

“DEWA has also achieved significant savings in energy consumption, by adopting environmentally friendly technology in the production of electricity and water, as well as launching a number of initiatives that have contributed to the high rates of savings in the consumption of electricity and water to save resources for a better tomorrow.”

“In line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, DEWA has succeeded in raising the efficiency of our plants by 26% from 2006 to 2012, and increased production capacity by 450 MW without using more fuel, by using successfully tested technologies in exchange for a minimal cost compared to the costs involved in installing new plants. In terms of green buildings, we work in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and a number of private sector companies to retrofit over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate of Dubai to make them more sustainable. The two-phase project, at a cost of AED10 billion, as the adoption of green building standards in Dubai, will become mandatory starting the beginning of 2014,” concluded Al Tayer.


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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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