Dubai’s commercial sector saves electricity and water worth Dh1.2 billion in a decade – News

Carbon dioxide emissions also reduced by 1.1 million tonnes in 10 years



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Published: Wed 4 May 2022, 4:41 PM

Top DEWA officials have commended customers in different sectors who contributed to protecting the environment and natural resources by using electricity and water wisely.

Dubai’s commercial sector saved 1.3 terawatts of electricity and 2.5 billion gallons of water in 10 years.

DEWA’s conservation programs between 2012 and 2021 achieved cumulative savings among targeted customers of 2.2 terawatt hours of electricity and 5.6 million imperial gallons of water.

This is equal to saving Dh1.2 billion and reducing 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said, “DEWA adopts an integrated strategy to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and engage all customers and society members in protecting the environment and natural resources. Every year, we launch several initiatives, programs, and awards to encourage a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water use. These include innovative programs and activities that target all consumer segments to support the Demand Side Management Strategy, which aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30% by 2030. ”

Government and semi-government organizations achieved savings of 355 GWh of electricity (11%) and 957 million gallons of water (21%). Educational institutions achieved savings of 366 GWh of electricity (14%) and 1.4 billion gallons of water (21%). The industrial sector realized savings of 131 GWh of electricity (13%) and 200 million gallons of water (29%).

The residential sector achieved savings of 72 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity (15%) and 583 million gallons of water (25%).

These savings are equivalent to annual electricity consumption from approximately 211,000 apartments and annual water consumption of 120,000 apartments. This has contributed to reducing 1.1 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to planting 1.24 million trees and the consumption of 137 million LED lights, while water saving was equivalent to filling up 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com

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