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DEWA records 267MW saving during Earth Hour

DEWA records 267MW saving during Earth Hour

In 2008, the UAE became the first Arab country to participate in Earth Hour

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The UAE joined more than 188 countries participating in the Earth Hour 2019 initiative from 8.30pm-9.30pm on March 30, and switched off lights to show its commitment to environmental causes like global warming and climate change.

Due to its participation, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said that it achieved a saving of 267MW electricity in consumption.

That electricity reduction meant a reduction of 114 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Read: How Earth Hour UAE is redefining our relationship with the planet

This is the 4th consecutive year that DEWA offset the carbon emissions resulting from Earth Hour 2019 activities, with Certified Emission Reductions, CERs, credits from its projects.

In 2008, the UAE became the first Arab country to participate in Earth Hour and this year’s theme was ‘Connect to Earth’.

Private households, tourist hotspots and government buildings too participated in the event.

DEWA also organized activities to celebrate Earth Hour yesterday at Marasi Promenade Business Bay from 4pm-10pm. Fifteen government departments and 20 private companies participated in the activities which were family-focused activities that raised environmental awareness.

During the Earth Hour Walk at 8.30pm, hundreds of residents and government dignitaries participated in a walkathon with lit candles and lanterns.

Those attending included Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA; Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, Director-General of Dubai Community Development Authority; Saif Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company; Abdulnasser bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Dubal Holding; and Khalid Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Holding, among others.

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