Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to take over and merge the Dubai Electricity Company and the Dubai Water Department that had been operating independently for several years until then. Both these organisations were established in 1959 through the foresight and initiative of His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai, as government-supported bodies with the objective of making available to the people of Dubai an adequate and reliable supply of electricity and water.

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DEWA awarded with Globe of Honour and Sword of Honour in health and safety for five consecutive years

The British Safety Council honoured Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as the only international organisation to have won the Globe of Honour and Sword of Honour Awards in health and safety, for five consecutive years. DEWA has become the first organisation in the world to win both of these prestigious awards simultaneously. During a recent visit to DEWA by a high-level delegation from the British Safety Council, Lynda Armstrong, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Safety Council, awarded HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, with the Shield of Honour and a certificate of excellence in health and safety management, to mark the 60th anniversary of the British Safety Council.

The ceremony was attended by Mike Robinson, CEO of the British Safety Council, Steve Roy, Senior International Business Manager at the British Safety Council, and David Barr, CTO at the British Safety Council. The ceremony was also attended by Dr Bassam Mrayyan, Senior Manager of Environment at DEWA; and Dr. Tawfiq Omeish, Senior Manager for Safety, and Occupational Health at DEWA. Receiving these prestigious international awards reflects DEWA’s position as a leader in the field of health, safety, and environment. DEWA in one of seven international organisations to have won the Globe of Honour for protecting the environment, and one of 50 international organisations to have won the Sword of Honour for health and safety.

“In adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainable development and support the Green Economy for Sustainable development initiative, DEWA has achieved remarkable results in the field of environment, as a result of its compliance with international environmental laws. DEWA also adopts the best environmental practices to reduce CO2 emissions, and solid and liquid waste, while working to ensure marine protection. This has led to a number of promising investments, reducing environmental violations by adopting environmentally friendly technologies, planning and implementing strategic environmental goals and objectives, monitoring sustainability programmes, and analysing strategies to ensure continuous improvement. Winning these awards also reflect DEWA’s commitment to implementing strategic objectives and protecting the environment to ensure sustainable development,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

“Being awarded with these two prestigious awards by the British Safety Council, is a global recognition of our approach, strategies, and policies in public safety and protecting the environment. DEWA works to achieve its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility by adhering to the highest international standards in health and safety. These awards highlight our commitment towards adopting the highest standards and best international standards in quality, health, safety, and environment, as part of the Integrated Management Systems Strategy, aimed at promoting occupational health, safety, and environment among our employees and customers,” added Al Tayer.

"Our continued commitment to achieve our strategic sustainability goals has been instrumental in our excellence, as our efforts in the field of health, safety and the environment have placed us at the forefront of the region and the world. Our adherence with health, safety and environmental standards is not limited to our employees, but includes all segments of society. DEWA organises a number of events for its employees, contractors, clients, and stakeholders, to improve the working environment and promote health and safety standards among the community. DEWA works to promote these standards among the community, to be adopted as a positive part of their daily lives,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources.

DEWA launches ‘Let’s Make this Summer Green’ campaign

Within the framework of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)'s efforts to establish the foundations of environmental sustainability, support sustainable development in the Dubai and raise awareness about the importance of energy and water conservation, especially during the summer, DEWA launched ‘Let's make this summer green’ for the second year running. The campaign was launched via social media channels, as well as other audio-visual media channels.

The campaign runs from the beginning of May, until the end of August. It focuses on several guidelines including rationalisation of consumption during the Holy Month of Ramadan, reducing power consumption during peak hours (12 noon to 6 pm), setting the AC to 24C, tips for when away on summer vacation, fixing water leaks, and installing drip irrigation systems.

DEWA’s Conservation Team organises lectures and field visits to government organisations and departments, private companies, malls, and union centres. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, DEWA also organises events and workshops, in cooperation with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowment (GAIAE), the Rashid Bin Mohammed Ramadan Gathering and the Dubai International Holy Quran Award. DEWA also cooperates with the Dubai Police through the Madfaa Al Iftar programme, which includes competitions related to rationalisation of power consumption.

“The campaign is part of our ongoing efforts to establish the foundations of environmental sustainability and support the sustainable development of Dubai by using electricity, water, and natural resources sensibly, to ensure their sustainability for generations to come. We urge everyone to adopt a conscious and responsible lifestyle, especially during summer time. These efforts contribute to achieving the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainable development, and reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint according to the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to transform Dubai into a smart city whose environmental elements are clean, healthy and sustainable, and DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world class utility,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“This summer initiative is a continuation of the series of initiatives, programmes and awareness activities launched by DEWA throughout the year. DEWA managed to reduce water usage over the past eight years through its various campaigns, and managed to save 1.54 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, and 6.2 billion imperial gallons of water, saving AED 957 million, and limiting carbon dioxide emissions by over 813,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to the cultivation of 944,000 trees. The great impact of these savings is presented in support of the sustainable development process in Dubai, and the UAE in general,” added Al Tayer.

“DEWA strives to encourage all members of society to adopt rational use as part of daily life. This is achieved by encouraging customers to reduce their electricity consumption. Through this campaign, we urge everyone to adopt a conscious and responsible lifestyle, and raise awareness about adopting environmentally friendly practices through simple steps, that enable everyone to make a difference and be part of the positive change; making this behaviour an integral part of our lifestyle. We are encouraged by the active and positive participation of our consumers, in all sectors, to respond effectively to the advice and guidance provided to them by DEWA,” said Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at DEWA.

DEWA urges its customers to follow certain guidelines, to rationalise their consumption of water and electricity. The guideline is published on DEWA’s website www.dewa.gov.ae and on DEWA’s smart app.

For more information please visit Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's website: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/06/dewa-launches-lets-make-this-summer-green

DEWA wins 3 International CSR Awards

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) won three awards in the International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Awards 2017. DEWA received the Gold Award in the Best Initiative category for its Emission Reduction Programme, the Silver Award in CSR for the DEWA Sustainability Report 2015, and the Bronze Award in Education for its Rationalisation campaigns. These awards highlight DEWA's leading position in community responsibility and promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Mohammed Abdul Kareem Al Shamsi, Senior Director of Sustainability and Climate Change at DEWA received the award at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London. More than 200 companies, around the world, participated in this award.

“DEWA adopts a clear strategy to establish and promote CSR, environmental protection, and the conservation of natural resources to achieve sustainable development. This supports the aspirations of our wise leadership and the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The three awards highlight DEWA’s leading position in promoting sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. The International CSR Excellence Awards are also an excellent addition to DEWA’s list of achievements, through which we support international efforts to achieve comprehensive sustainability, and to further consolidate the concept of sustainability as an essential pillar and an integral part of the institutional strategy and culture of DEWA. This supports the UAE Vision 2021 to achieve environmental sustainability, and the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated, connected and sustainable city with clean, healthy and sustainable environment,” said HE Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“DEWA’s Emission Reduction Programme is a unique programme in the region that sets short, medium and long-term emission reduction measures until 2030, taking into account the increasing demand for energy and water in Dubai, as well as Dubai’s conservation and rationalisation initiatives. From 2006 to 2016, DEWA’s energy production efficiency increased by 25.47%, which is equivalent to the reduction of 37.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. This has been achieved through the optimized design of power plants, energy efficiency enhancement, gas turbines efficiency improvement, improved processes, and breakout planning. DEWA is one of the first utilities in the region to receive the ISO 14064-1 certification, in recognition of the system it has adopted in monitoring and reporting greenhouse gases,” added Al Tayer.

Al Tayer explained that DEWA adopts the highest international standards for the preparation of sustainability reports, and is keen on keeping abreast of the latest innovations in the field of sustainability and reporting, and building strategic relationships and partnerships with its global counterparts that share the goal of advancing sustainability in all its aspects and dimensions.

“Reaffirming its efforts to raise the bar of its corporate performance in sustainability, DEWA joined the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) GOLD Community, which gathers organisations shaping the future of sustainability and reporting, and empowering decision making for a more sustainable economy around the world. DEWA has also been invited by the GRI to be part of the Standards Pioneers Programme, which gathers organisations from all over the world that have demonstrated leadership in Sustainability Reporting. DEWA is one of 100 organisations worldwide who will adhere to the new standard before it becomes mandatory for all organisations by the end of June 2018,” noted Al Tayer.

“DEWA’s excellence in the field of energy conservation comes as a result of extensive efforts. DEWA has given utmost importance to initiatives and programmes that raise awareness on the importance of rationalisation and conservation of natural resources, which demonstrated the extent to which all members of society can contribute to national and global efforts aimed at reducing the phenomena of climate change and global warming. Between 2009 and 2016, DEWA’s customers saved over 1.5 TW/h of electricity and 6.2 billion gallons of water, worth over AED 967 million. The generated savings resulted in offsetting around 831,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which equates to planting 944,000 trees,” concluded Al Tayer.

The International CSR Excellence Award comprises 40 categories, in which a large number of government and private institutions worldwide compete each year to implement global standards and practices in sustainability and social responsibility, in addition to the launch of special initiatives on key challenges faced by companies in these areas.

For more information, visit DEWA: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/07/dewa-wins-3-international-csr-excellence-awards

DEWA awards AED14.2 billion largest CSP project in the world to generate 700MW

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved another world record by awarding the 700MW AED14.2 billion fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.  The contract is awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric. The consortium bid the lowest Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of USD 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h). The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower, measuring 260 metres.The power purchase agreement and the financial close are due to be finished shortly. The project will be commissioned in stages, starting from Q4 of 2020.

“Awarding this strategic project supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability, and make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and a green economy. This vision is supported by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. Our focus on renewable energy generation has led to a drop in prices worldwide and has lowered the price of solar power bids in Europe and the Middle East. This was evident today when we received the lowest CSP project cost in the world," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. It will generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020, and the first stage of the 700MW CSP fourth phase will be commissioned in Q4 of 2020.

More information is available on Dewa: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/09/dewa-awards-aed142-billion-largest-csp

DEWA to install photo-voltaic panels for 640 villas in Hatta on a complimentary basis as part of Shams Dubai Initiative

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is installing solar panels on the roofs of villas for UAE nationals in Hatta, free of charge. This contributes to environmental sustainability, and to making Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the world. It also supports the Shams Dubai initiative and Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan.

The visits began by an introductory meeting, in the presence of representatives from DEWA, a delegation from Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), Hatta’s official representative, a number of dignitaries and Hatta residents. During the meeting, DEWA representatives briefed the attendees about the project, its objectives, and DEWA’s Etihad ESCO being the company responsible for project management and technical supervision. They explained that the project is expected to be complete by February 2018.

The field visits, which targeted 640 villas, took place with the participation of more than 40 volunteers. These volunteers included members from DEWA staff, youth residing in Hatta, and volunteer organisations. The visits were supported by Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police, in order to explain the initiative and its objectives to homeowners, take their opinion and initial approval on the initiative. The project aims to support Hatta residents, and transform them from energy consumers to green consumers and producers of clean energy, as well as contribute to the protection of the environment, for generations to come.

“DEWA is a strategic partner in the implementation of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We are keen to encourage Hatta residents to utilise Shams Dubai as a key pillar of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to provide 75% of Dubai’s energy through clean sources by 2050. The initiative also supports the Demand Side Energy Management Strategy, which to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030, driving the country's sustainable development and making Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the world,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“Shams Dubai aims to establish a sustainable model of energy conservation that can be exported to the whole world, by supporting the long-term initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, under the slogan ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’, to create a green economy in the UAE, and achieve the UAE Vision 2021,” added Al Tayer.

“DEWA will work in cooperation with Etihad ESCO, to design and install solar panels on the rooftops of the Hatta area, providing them with a guarantee for the panels installed for one full year, free of charge, which will result in many environmental and economic benefits for them. The value of energy produced will be deducted from the electricity consumption bill of each household. The production capacity is expected to cover a large portion of the total bill, highlighted that the project will contribute to the overall awareness and development of the region. She noted that it will also support efforts to diversify the energy mix in Dubai, and involve the public in reducing the carbon footprint of the Emirate, pointing out that the project has been well received by Hatta residents who have registered. Al Mehairi confirmed that the residents praised the initiatives of the wise leadership, as well as DEWA’s programmes and projects, as they provide them with the necessary services and facilities for a green lifestyle.” added Al Tayer.

For more information, please visit DEWA: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/09/dewa-to-install-photo-voltaic

100 key national and international organisations support and sponsor the 19th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organising the 19th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA, from 23-25 October 2017. Held under the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability,’ the exhibition is a global event for Dubai to share the concepts of sustainability across the sectors of Energy, Water, Environment, Green Economy, Development and Smart Cities with the world, in line with DEWA’s endeavours to maintain its status as a leading sustainable world class utility.

WETEX is a leading international platform sponsored by 100 national and international organisations and companies. DEWA regards its sponsors as sustainability partners who actively support social, environmental and economic development in Dubai by promoting proper resource management, rationalisation and raising awareness about sustainability and environmental preservation.

100 sponsors

The three titanium sponsors of WETEX are Siemens AG (Germany), ACWA Power (KSA), the Sustainable City (Dubai), while the government partners are Dubai Municipality, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). The event is also sponsored by 17 strategic sponsors, 11 platinum sponsors, 35 golden sponsors and 24 supporting organisations.

WETEX 2017’s strategic media sponsors are Dubai Media Incorporated, CNBC Arabia, Al Khaleej Newspaper, Dubai Eye 103.8, Oil and Gas Directory Middle East. The official airlines for the event is Emirates Airlines.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and President and Founder of WETEX, praised the sponsors of WETEX, which has become a leading platform that gathers the largest organisations display their latest technological solutions in the fields of water, energy, environment and sustainability. DEWA values their great support to transform WETEX into the largest specialised exhibition of its kind in the region. He praised the role of the media, as a prominent partner and a key driver of its success, especially in highlighting the exhibition’s pivotal role as a leading platform that brings together key experts, decision makers, investors and leading players in energy, water and environment. "DEWA sees WETEX sponsors as key partners in supporting the sustainable development process and strengthening the position of this leading economic and environmental event on the global specialized exhibitions map. They play a key role in accelerating the transformation to a green economy not only in the UAE, but for the region as a whole,” Al Tayer noted.

Emirates National Oil Company, UAE (ENOC)

“WETEX 2017 offers a strategic platform to engage with key stakeholders, as it showcases the latest technologies in the water, energy, and environment sectors. With our focus on promoting energy efficiency we plan to showcase a host of advanced solutions that enhance ERM best practices, which can ultimately help secure a cleaner world for future generations. With the UAE’s ambitious plans and USD$150 billion investment into renewable power between now and 2050, we are at the forefront of supporting the nation in achieving its plans to utilise clean energy. This is evident through our introduction of cleaner fuel alternatives such as Biodiesel5, and further expanding our CNG network; reducing the dependency on subsidised natural gas power. ENOC will always remain committed to promoting sustainability through our green and efficient energy and resource initiatives.”

HE Saif Hameed Al Falasy, CEO, ENOC Group

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

“Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has been a strategic partner of WETEX for a number of years. Once again, we are looking forward to having a significant presence at the event’s exhibition and to taking part in the World Green Economy Summit. At this year’s WETEX, we’ll be showcasing our activities in renewable energy deployment, water sustainability and clean-tech innovation, as well as the continued development of Masdar City Free Zone. UAE platforms such as WETEX and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week play a critical role in driving the commercialisation of renewable energy, clean technologies and water sustainability solutions across the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER)

“WETEX is a highly significant event for Empower. Over the years, our participation in this mega event has helped us to achieve remarkable success in our goal of saving energy and preserving the environment. This year, we aim to feature our latest projects, technologies and solutions related to energy efficiency and district cooling, as well as our contributions to green-building through advanced cooling solutions. We will use our participation to discuss latest advancements in the district cooling with other international companies participating in the show.”

Ahmed bin Shafar, CEO, EMPOWER

Silver Springs Networks

“We share our gratitude with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA, Dubai Government and the organisers of WETEX, specifically DEWA. We are thrilled to showcase how our IoT network canopy will provide benefits to the citizens of Dubai through smart electric and smart water, as well as additional smart services in the future.  Silver Spring Networks’ commitment to WETEX also reinforces our shared commitment to promoting efficient, reliable, sustainable and secure infrastructure in Dubai, to help position the Emirate and its initiatives on the global stage as the gateway to the Middle East.”

Burak Aydin, GM for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Silver Spring Networks

Kemira

“We’re so thrilled to participate in the biggest water exhibition in the Middle East, which provides Kemira the opportunity to engage with local water authorities and users, in order to provide them with solutions and innovations to their water use challenges.”

Casemiro da Silva, Sales Director for Industries and Water, Kemira

CleanMax Solar

CleanMax Solar grabbed the opportunity to enter the overseas market starting with UAE. As the world’s renewable energy industry continues to rapidly grow, we are delighted to participate in the Dubai Solar Show which is a key platform for players like us to make deals, build partnerships, review the latest solar-energy technologies, learn about current and future projects in the region and market needs, and explore opportunities to take part in solar- energy projects and programs. We look forward to a continuing association and to contributing to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which we’re sure will make Dubai a global centres for clean energy and green economy.”

Sushant Arora, Co-Founder & CEO, MENA, CleanMax Solar

ACWA Power

"We are proud to participate in this global event with our partners at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), which provides a successful and unprecedented model for the public-private partnership in developing and implementing of ambitious projects and programs that contribute to the development of an integrated industrial system along with an economic sustainable value. I hope that this model will be an inspiration for the efforts of countries in the region to diversify the energy mix by taking advantage of the renewable energy sources that have become a strategic choice to meet the challenges of the energy industry now and in the future. "

Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power

General Electric

WETEX is a key industry event in the region, bringing together stakeholders from across the power sector. Participation at WETEX provides insights on the requirements of our customers and offers a strong platform for us to showcase GE Power’s industry-leading technologies, which can help our partners to achieve transformational growth.

This year, we will exhibit GE’s advanced solutions from across the electricity value network and various fuel sources. A few highlights include GE’s 9EMax gas turbine upgrade solution, which can help cut annual fuel costs by as much as $5 million, while creating the potential for up to $6 million in additional revenue; a portfolio of service solutions that can support more than 90 original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) brands; GE’s H-class technology, the world’s largest and most efficient heavy duty gas turbine; our ultra-supercritical steam technology, which powers the world’s most efficient coal-fueled power plant; GE’s recently launched 4.8 megawatts (MW) onshore wind turbines; our smart grid solutions; GE’s advanced digital solutions for the power sector; and much more. 

Our solutions are aligned with the needs of the GCC, especially as regional governments and power sector operators focus on efficiency, energy diversification and optimizing asset utilization to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable power. We are proud to have supported the development of the GCC’s power sector for more than 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies generate more than 50 percent of the region’s electricity and this is a legacy that we are committed to building upon further.

Joseph Anis, President and CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East & Africa

For more information please visit DEWA: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/10/100-key-national-and-international-organisations-support-and-sponsor-the-19th

DEWA organises workshop for the third Carbon Ambassadors Programme on sustainability and climate change in the UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, has organised a workshop on sustainability and climate change in the UAE, for the third Carbon Ambassadors Programme. The programme was launched by DEWA, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon). This is a continuation of DEWA's efforts to drive sustainability and sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE, and to prepare the younger generations to work for a brighter and more sustainable future.

The workshop was held as an essential requirement of the programme, at the Sustainable Building in Al Quoz. A presentation was given by a specialised lecturer from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. It included a number of climatic and environmental issues, including the UN negotiations on climate change and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December, 2015, as well as the participation of the State at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference. This supports the framework of international cooperation to face environmental challenges and reduce carbon emissions, which is the main cause of global warming, as well as a detailed presentation of national strategic plans, and the efforts of the State in addressing the effects of climate change and the preservation of the environment and natural resources.

“The Carbon Ambassadors Programme is one of the leading programmes in promoting the role of youth in environmental awareness. We are committed to contributing to the achievement of the vision of our wise leadership, and the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 to achieve a sustainable environment and integrated infrastructure. This can only happen through various national projects focusing on the environment and clean energy to build a sustainable and a better future, in line with our celebration of the Golden Jubilee of our Union. These projects include quantitative and qualitative projects, recently launched by DEWA, which work to enhance economic growth, such as the transition to clean and efficient alternative energy sources, such as solar power,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“The workshop contributed to training young Emiratis, to prepare the younger generation to be aware of environmental issues, and to raise awareness on the importance of tackling climate issues, as well as the contribution of the UAE to the spread of clean energy and its use of it as a sustainable alternative to traditional energy. This comes in line with its international agreements to reduce climate change, which obliges all parties to define their responsibilities and activate their role through international cooperation. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, once said, “The unity of nations and people in addressing the challenges of Climate Change is the best and shortest path in maintaining the Earth's environment. Sustaining our environment remains a fundamental principle in our development programs, national projects and governmental policies,”” added Al Tayer.

In April 2017, Al Tayer announced the launch of the 3rd Carbon Ambassadors programme, building on the success of the first two programmes. Forty students joined the first batch of the programme, doubling to 80 in the second batch. They have shown promising capabilities, and proved their ability to bear the leading responsibilities entrusted to them, and lead the efforts of Dubai and the UAE to build a green and sustainable economy.

“The workshop aims to empower future generations. Participation in the workshop is a key condition in the completion of the third Carbon Ambassadors Programme, which was launched by DEWA. The programme aims to prepare youth to face climate change, by minimising risk, increasing adaptability, and conserving biodiversity and economy, to ensure a brighter future for our beloved country,” said Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

For more information, please visit DEWA: https://www.dewa.gov.ae/en/about-dewa/news-and-media/press-and-news/latest-news/2017/11/dewa-organises-workshop-for-the-third-carbon-ambassadors

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