DEWA unveils five-point plan for cutting carbon emissions

Energy authority plans to cut emissions by 16% by 2020 through solar park, R&D centres and other initiatives

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Saturday unveiled a five-point strategy as part of a government commitment to cut carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2020.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has launched the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut the emirate’s carbon footprint.

This in turn is part of the broader Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to develop production of renewable energy over the coming decades.

To support the strategy, DEWA plans to diversify its energy mix so that ‘clean’ or renewable energy will generate seven percent of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050, state news agency WAM reported.

DEWA’s five-point strategy comprises five strands: infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and developing an environmentally-friendly energy mix.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, set out various initiatives that the body has been devised for each of the components of the plan. 

Infrastructure projects include the AED50 billion ($13.6 billion) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, planned to be the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity to produce 5,000MW by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by around 6.5 million tonnes each year.

DEWA is also building a research and development (R&D) centre focussing on renewable energy, including producing electricity using solar power, smart grids and water networks.

The R&D centre also includes infrastructure to produce water using solar energy, a collection of laboratories, educational facilities, and a training centre. It is under construction at present and scheduled to complete by 2020.

The infrastructure strand also includes the establishment of a new free zone called Dubai Green Zone, dedicated to attracting R&D centres and emerging companies in the clean energy sector.

Under the legislative part of the strategy, DEWA said it plans to establish a regulatory structure to support clean energy policies through the ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative, Dubai’s first smart initiative to connect solar energy to buildings.

Meanwhile the planned AED100 billion ($27.2 billion) Dubai Green Fund aims to provide financing solutions for investment in R&D on clean energy and its applications.

DEWA is also working to boost employees’ skills through training programmes on clean energy in collaboration with international organisations, research institutes and private sector companies.

Under the fifth pillar of the strategy, DEWA aims to create an environment-friendly energy mix with solar energy generating 25 percent, nuclear power 7 percent, clean coal 7 percent, and gas 61 percent by 2030.

This mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75 percent by 2050, WAM reported.

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