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Dubai government fleets to be 10% green

Large bodies expected to order more electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce harmful emissions

Dubai government fleets to be 10% green
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Dubai government bodies with large transportation fleets will soon be expected to order 10 percent electric and hybrid vehicles.

A Dubai Green Mobility Initiative Committee has been given the task of reducing harmful vehicle emissions in Dubai within the next four years reported Khaleej Times. The committee will report to the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

It is part of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, launched earlier by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to ensure 25 per cent of cars on Dubai roads will be self-driving by 2030.

It will save $5.9 billion (AED21.7 billion) in annual economic revenues in several sectors by reducing transportation costs, carbon emissions and accidents, said the report.

It is estimated that transportation costs will be cut by 44 percent, resulting in savings of up to $245 million a year.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, said: "In adherence with the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa)'s Green Charger initiative aims to establish electric vehicle charging stations across Dubai, with 100 charging stations having already been installed since 2015.

“We will work to increase the percentage of hybrid cars in the emirate, and contribute towards a 16 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. Reductions are expected to continue in the near future.”

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