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DEWA receives Ethiopian Prime Minister at WFES 2014

A high-profile delegation from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) stand at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and organised in Abu Dhabi from 20-22 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, received the delegation which was headed by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The delegation was accompanied by HE Dr Abdullah bin Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.

The Ethiopian delegation viewed a model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one the largest renewable energy projects in the region and will generate 1,000MW upon completion in 2030, totalling 5% of Dubai’s total power output.

Waleed Salman provided the delegation with an overview of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to diversify the energy mix to comprise a mix of natural gas (71%), nuclear power (12%), clean coal (12%), and solar energy (5%), and reducing demand for energy by 30% by 2030.

DEWA also participated in the Sustainable Living Expo being held on the side-lines of WFES. Sultan Al Zaabi, Project Manager of Conservation, Outreach and Engagement at DEWA delivered a presentation on DEWA’s sustainable campaigns and initiatives aimed at achieving its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and supporting the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Zaabi emphasised the significance of designing special campaigns to communicate the conservation and awareness messages to the various community segments effectively. He highlighted the Neighbourhood Campaign, which aims to spread environmental awareness using innovative and creative means. The campaign recorded an overwhelming participation from the community members.

Al Zaabi demonstrated the initiatives and campaigns which were designed for particular community segments such as the ‘Conservation Award’ themed ‘For a Better Tomorrow’ for the educational sector, ‘Best Consumer Award’ and ‘Be Water Smart’ campaign.

 

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Public and private sector experts to share waste management best practice

The first edition of EcoWASTE, the dedicated waste management and recycling event in the Middle East, will gather the insights and practical experience of a host of leading companies, institutions and industry experts from January 20-22 in Abu Dhabi.

The inaugural event will organise a series of technical workshops and presentations from the exhibition floor on subjects spanning recycling, waste-to-energy and waste collection, with contributions from experts based as far afield as Finland and the UAE.

“Our first EcoWASTE sheds further light on the interrelated challenges of energy, water and waste,” said Naji El Haddad, EcoWASTE Show Director. “Through these sessions, attendees will not only network with more than 50 local and international suppliers as well as 2,000 buyers and professionals from across the waste management and recycling sector, they will also gain in-depth knowledge from technical experts at the forefront of sustainable waste management regionally and internationally.”

With several GCC states embarking on projects in waste-to-energy, the Swedish Waste Management Association will deliver its assessment of the potential to generate clean power from the substantial volumes of municipal solid waste currently dumped in desert landfills across the region. In Sweden, as much as 97% of all household waste is recycled or used to generate energy.

Eric Lindström of Capital Cooling will present on waste heat as a power source for cooling, based on insights from his native Sweden and the GCC.

Also at EcoWASTE, Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers, will consider waste-to-energy solutions tailored for the industrial sector. Keppel Seghers designed and built the GCC’s first domestic solid waste management centre, or DSWMC, in Qatar, which diverts up to 95% of waste from landfill. The DSWMC comprises a state-of-the-art waste sorting and recycling facility, an engineered landfill, a composting plant, and a waste-to- energy incineration plant with a capacity of 1,500 metric tons per day.

With more than 10 million metric tons of municipal waste produced each year in Abu Dhabi alone, advances in waste collection technologies and services will be top of the agenda. EcoWASTE will host a seminar on automatic solid waste collections systems by Jari Enontekiö of Marimatic Oy.

“The GCC has the potential to become a leader in the waste-to-energy sector as the DSWMC in Qatar illustrates,” said Dr Johan De Greef of Keppel Seghers. “With Abu Dhabi aiming to divert 85% of its solid waste from landfill by 2018 and other states in the region following its lead, the technology and insights presented at EcoWASTE provide a pathway towards a genuine sustainable waste management future.”

 

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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins

Heads of State and Ministers from over 150 countries as well as representatives from 120 international organisations gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the opening of the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority, takes place today and tomorrow. Kicking-off Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, the event features IRENA’s flagship projects, its current and future work programmes, and several public and media events.

“IRENA’s focus is accelerating the deployment of renewables worldwide, and our Assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA’s role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent.”

“IRENA is a global campaigner for the advancement of renewable energy, and a convener that creates a platform for international collaboration,” said H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy and President of the Assembly. “It is through important international platforms like this that we will secure our clean energy future.”

Highlights during the Assembly include the launch of “REmap 2030”, the much anticipated roadmap for doubling the global renewable energy share by 2030; and the announcement of the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 43 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption: The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly,  H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries.

For more information about IRENA’s Fourth Assembly visit www.irena.org.

 

 

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Report: Renewable energy should be make up a third of world use by 2030… ‘at no extra cost’

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report “REmap 2030,” that was published yesterday to coincide with the Wolrd Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent, according to the new report.

“There is a strong economic case for the renewable energy transition. When considering climate change mitigation, health impact and job creation, the transition practically pays for itself,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “More renewables in the energy system provide greater flexibility, increase energy independence, and make the system more resilient.”

The deployment of modern renewables – renewable energy sources that exclude traditional use of biomass – needs to grow more than threefold, the study shows. A rethinking of energy taxes and subsidies is critical to the economic case for renewable energy. A reduction of fossil fuel subsidies will facilitate the uptake of renewables. Subsidies for renewable energy can disappear altogether, if green house gas emissions and other air pollution are reasonably priced.

“Many governments are underestimating the potential of renewables in their planning the for energy transition. To reach the goal of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030, additional efforts are needed, particularly in the building, industry and transport sectors,” Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said. “We identified five areas of national action: Planning realistic but ambitious transition pathways; creating an enabling business environment; managing knowledge of technology options and their deployment; ensuring smooth integration of renewables into the existing infrastructure; and unleashing innovation.”

“REmap 2030” builds on the analysis of the energy supply and demand of 26 countries, which account for 74 per cent of projected global total final energy consumption in 2030. IRENA collaborates with member states and research institutions for “REmap 2030,” which derives its objective from the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 40 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption:  H.E. The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, discussing the “REmap 2030″ report at IRENA’s FT Question Time in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Panelist of the debate included Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup; Dr José Goldemberg, Professor, University of São Paulo; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power International; and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS).

 

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Cable giant tells WFES how it was an early energy saver

Ducab, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products in the Middle East, is a key participant at World Future Energy Summit, being held in Abu Dhabi between January 20 and 22.

WFES is the foremost gathering of organisations and professionals in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean technologies sector and Ducab is showcasing its market-leading range of cables and products, especially low and medium voltage power cables that ensure minimal wastage during power transmission.

Ducab was the first cable company to have its Environmental Management System certified by BASEC to ISO 14001 in 1997. In 2002, the company was also recognised with the GCC Award for Environmental Excellence, and since then, has made great strides in three environmental focus areas: rationalisation and reduction of waste; reduction of carbon footprint; and the policy of industrialisation, particularly around the purchase of equipment and raw materials.

Speaking about Ducab’s participation at WFES, Hassan Omar, GM Technical and Quality, Ducab (pictured above right), said: “Ducab has been a great example to the region about how a manufacturing company can achieve significant success in its field while at the same time monitoring and limiting its environmental impact. We have invested quite early in energy efficiency in our manufacturing process, and our cables too are designed to ensure minimal energy wastage and loss during transmission.”

With the nation heading resolutely towards leadership in developing sustainable energy sources, Ducab has cemented its relevance and suitability by working alongside two of the largest solar power-generation projects – Shams 1 by Masdar, Abu Dhabi, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park together with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

At WFES, Ducab’s stand will feature a cross-section of cables and cabling accessories, with pride of place going to the company’s range of lighting and low and medium voltage power cables, which have been qualified to international standards. The company has met – and in many cases, exceeded – all test requirements to date, and are ideally suited to meet both customer and regulatory expectations and requirements.

Ducab is equally owned by the governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Ducab’s presence at WFES is alongside Senaat of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding company and the representative of Abu Dhabi’s ownership stake in Ducab.

Ducab is a leading provider of copper cabling products and is the first choice for many prestigious contractors due to its record of quality and customer service. Ducab has supplied cables and wires to a number of landmark projects, including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Emirates Palace, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and Yas Marina Circuit. Ducab achieved record sales of AED 4.9 billion for 2011, a 39% increase over the previous year.

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DEWA shows its energy saving credentials at WFES

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is a Platinum Sponsor in the seventh World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, which opened today in Abu Dhabi.

The summit is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and runs from January 20 to 22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The theme for WFES 2014 is, ‘Powering the future of energy innovation and investment.’

DEWA’s stand at WFES witnessed a strong turnout from visitors and exhibitors who expressed their admiration of DEWA’s achievements in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy. Official delegates and decision-makers discussed ways of collaboration with DEWA to execute future projects in the areas of energy, water, environment, sustainability, and renewable energy to further boost the clean energy sector in the UAE.

“In line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA is committed to achieving the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, and support the UAE Vision 2021. DEWA is keen to participate in national and international events to exchange expertise, experiences and best practices with relevant organisations. Through our participation at WFES, we aim to evaluate and focus on the latest advanced technological solutions that can help to improve our performance in administration, operations, and services. This will further strengthen our strategic initiatives to promote the sustainable development of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

At its stand, DEWA showcased a model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one the largest renewable energy projects in the region, and will generate 1,000MW upon completion in 2030, totalling 5% of Dubai’s total power output.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened the first phase of the solar park, which uses photovoltaic technology to produce 13MW, and is linked directly to DEWA’s grid, which covers all areas of Dubai. His Highness has initiated the second phase, a 100MW photovoltaic plant.

This is a leading sustainable project, and a centre for the production of energy from solar power, and a comprehensive innovation and research centre that supports the promotion of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. The project will also include a renewable energy academy to advance the skills of future professionals.

DEWA also highlighted its M Station for electricity generation and water desalination in Jebel Ali, which is equipped with the latest electronic devices and superior systems at a total cost of AED 10 billion. M Station has a capacity of 2,060MW of electricity, and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

M Station is now being expanded with new substations that have a capacity of 400MW, increasing the installed capacity of the station to 2,460MW, upon completion in 2018.

DEWA officials delivered presentations on DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, which is the first public sector sustainable building in the UAE, and the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council institute, which has a set of rating criteria for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods in the world. The DEWA Sustainable Building achieved 98 out of 110 points.

The Sustainable Building reduces consumption of energy by 66% and water by 48%, and houses a 660kW onsite solar power plant.

A dedicated team has been appointed by DEWA supervise its stand and provide information about DEWA, and address general and technical questions about its projects.

Hosted by Masdar, WFES is a key event under the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and is regarded as the region’s largest gathering of its kind to focus on sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify and promote sustainable solutions to address the energy sector’s challenges, climate change, and environmental pollution across the globe.

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