DEWA presents its clean and renewable energy projects at WFES 2020

  • Paperless Environment’ initiative eliminated 17 million pieces of paper by end 2019

    24 million transactions done on DEWA’s Smart Office app in 2019

    By ; Ahmed Soluman

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has presented its key projects and initiatives on sustainability and clean energy during its participation in the 13th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2020 in Abu Dhabi. DEWA is the Efficiency Partner of WFES:one of the key events of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

    HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that DEWA will always support the sustainable development of the UAE. This will make ‘2020: Towards the next 50,’ the starting point for the UAE furthering its overall progress, growth and prosperity.

    “DEWA’s projects and initiatives support the Dubai Clean Energy 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to increase the share of clean energy mix in Dubai to 75% by 2050. DEWA makes every effort to achieve the UAE Centennial 2071; to make the UAE the world’s leading nation; the UAE Vision 2021; and the Dubai Plan 2021 to secure a happy and sustainable future, and raise the country's status to always rank first in all areas,” said Al Tayer.

    A large number of local and international officials visited DEWA’s stand including HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; HE Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry; Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; Ólafur Grímsson, former President of Iceland and Chairman of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Jury; Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources in Singapore; and Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Hamed, an Emirati business pioneer,.

    The stand welcomed a large number of visitors who commended DEWA’s efforts and projects in renewable and clean energy. These include the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single site of its kind in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED 50 billion; the Green Hydrogen project, the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa; and the Shams Dubai initiative to encourage customers to install solar photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity and connect them to the power grid. So far, DEWA’s Shams Dubai has connected over 1,400 buildings with a capacity of 146MW. DEWA also promoted its Green Charger initiative, which encourages the public to have electric vehicles. DEWA has installed over 200 electric charging stations across Dubai.

    DEWA also presented the Paperless Environment initiative, which it launched to support the Dubai Paperless Strategy. This initiative eliminated 17 million pieces of paper by the end of 2019. DEWA’s Smart Office app enables employees to complete tasks with ease and efficiency. A total of 24 million transactions were made on DEWA’s Smart Office app in 2019.

    DEWA’s stand hosted a model of Al Shera’a, DEWA’s new headquarters, which will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy Building in the world. DEWA also highlighted the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2020) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show. DEWA will organise both exhibitions from 26-28 October 2020 at the site of Expo 2020 Dubai.

    Visitors to DEWA’s stand also learned about the 2nd Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME), the largest and most competitive competition among universities worldwide. It involves young people in the sustainable development process, and encourages them to innovate. It gives them the opportunity to unleash their creativity by developing innovative solutions that support global efforts to address the impact of climate change.

    DEWA’s stand included prominent projects by its partners and subsidiaries, including the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia); Data Hub Integrated Solutions LLC (Moro); Mai Dubai; Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon); Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower); and Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO).

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