Dubai saves 2.2 TWh of electricity, 5.6 billion gallons of water in a decade
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Dubai saves 2.2 TWh of electricity, 5.6 billion gallons of water in the past decade

Dubai saves 2.2 TWh of electricity, 5.6 billion gallons of water in the past decade

Savings in the commercial sector between 2012 and 2021 amounted to 1.3 TWh of electricity and 2.5 billion gallons of water

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Dubai has achieved cumulative savings among targeted customers of 2.2 terrawatt hours (TWh) of electricity and 5.6 billion imperial gallons of water between 2012 and 2021. This equated to saving Dhs1.2bn and reducing 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The savings were owed to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s conservation programmes between 2012 and 2021, official news agency WAM reported.

During the stipulated time period, savings in the commercial sector amounted to 1.3 TWh of electricity (11 per cent) and 2.5 billion gallons of water (19 per cent). Government and semi-government organisations achieved savings of 355 GWh of electricity (11 per cent) and 957 million gallons of water (21 per cent).

Meanwhile, educational institutions achieved savings of 366 GWh of electricity (14 per cent) and 1.4 billion gallons of water (21 per cent).

The industrial sector also realised savings of 131 GWh of electricity (13 per cent) and 200 million gallons of water (29 per cent). Savings of 72 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity (15 per cent) and 583 million gallons of water (25 per cent) were achieved by the emirate’s residential sector.

The savings are equivalent to annual electricity consumption from approximately 211,000 apartments and annual water consumption of 120,000 apartments, contributing 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.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, 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, programmes, and awards to encourage a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water use. These include innovative programmes and activities that target all consumer segments to support the demand side management strategy, which aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30 per cent by 2030.”

Earlier this month, DEWA also announced the completion of 96.50 per cent of the sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant at Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex.

Read: DEWA nears completion of SWRO plant in Jebel Ali

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