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DEWA’s programmes and initiatives achieve significant savings in electricity and water use


For over five decades, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has played a significant role in supporting the social, economic, and environmental development of Dubai, using a set of pioneering programmes and initiatives. This has contributed to the leading position DEWA enjoys today, and has reinforced the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to be more inclusive and effective. DEWA has launched several environmental programmes and initiatives and key awareness and rationalisation campaigns that have achieved significant savings over the past years. The incurred savings have proven that all members of society can contribute to supporting national and international efforts to limit climate change and global warming by adopting positive practices at home and in the workplace, to rationalise the consumption of natural resources, and reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

"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 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. DEWA spares no effort in launching awareness campaigns and supporting activities and events that promote interaction with all customers to be active elements in building a better future, for generations to come. Despite the big savings achieved in electricity and water, the ultimate goal is to consolidate a culture of energy conservation amongst all members of society, and promote resource conservation to become a social culture and daily practice by involving customers in reducing energy and water use and contributing to protecting our precious natural resources, to support the sustainable development of Dubai and the UAE," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Savings of around AED 1 billion 

DEWA encourages all its customers to rationalise their electricity and water use by launching various programmes, awareness campaigns, awards and innovative initiatives throughout the year. The aim is to raise awareness about the rational use of resources, and provide information and tips on how to rationalise consumption, to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. 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.

DEWA’s programmes and initiatives managed to reduce electricity use by 19% and water by 28% in the residential sector. The commercial sector reduced electricity use by 10% and water by 30%. The industrial sector reduced electricity use by 15% and water by 21%. Educational institutions succeeded in reducing electricity use by 9% and water by 24%. Government and semi-governmental organisations reduced electricity use by 12% and water by 21%. 

Earth Hour

DEWA organises Earth Hour annually under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, and in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and with the support of Dubai Properties Group. Between 2008 and 2016, Earth Hour resulted in savings of 1.82 GW/h, reducing over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Dubai was the first Arab city to take part in Earth Hour, one of the world’s largest environmental initiatives to raise awareness on the risks of global warming and climate change. This is done by switching off unnecessary lights and appliances for one hour on the last Saturday of March every year.

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