Emirates News Agency – “World Energy Day” is one of the UAE’s leading global contributions to support sustainable development

DUBAI, 21st October / WAM / Since His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, adopted the “World Energy Day” initiative with fifty-four countries from around the world, in addition to representatives of the United Nations and the League of States. The Arab Union and the African Union, through the Dubai Declaration on October 22, 2012, played a fundamental role in encouraging cooperation between various local and international government and private agencies to promote sustainable development and investment in renewable energy infrastructure, sustainability and raising energy efficiency. And deepening the awareness of all members of society of the importance of following rationalizing habits and behaviors.

The “World Energy Day” is an opportunity to highlight renewable energy as a fundamental pillar of sustainability, making it at the forefront of the strategic priorities of the United Arab Emirates, which is leading the pioneering efforts to adopt the latest innovations that drive the process of confronting the effects of climate change and mitigating global warming, thus consolidating efforts to support the “Goals of Nations” United Nations for Sustainable Development 2030.

The UAE has taken early steps towards preparing to bid farewell to the last drop of oil, achieving a balance between development and maintaining a clean, healthy and safe environment. The UAE’s efforts in this field culminated in its inclusion in the list of the top ten in the efficiency of the energy sector, which constitutes a UN recognition of the efficiency of the comprehensive development strategy adopted by the UAE early on and reinforced by diversifying resources and strengthening infrastructure with a leadership in the production of clean energy to lead to a green economy.

The UAE achieved international leadership positions in the competitiveness indicators for the energy sector in general and clean energy in particular, after 7 international references agreed to rank it among the top 10 countries in the world in 18 indicators related to the sector during the year 2020. The UAE, represented by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, retained for the year It ranked third in a row in the world in obtaining electricity and in all indicators of the axis, with a full score of 100%, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, in promoting our sustainable development process in Dubai, a clear strategy and specific goals to increase Relying on renewable and clean energy as part of Dubai’s energy mix.The emirate is a pioneer in the transition to a green economy through two parallel tracks: the first is to reduce demand for energy and water by 30% by 2030 by enhancing efficiency and rationalization programs, and the second is to enhance production from Through diversifying energy sources, especially clean energy, increasing its efficiency and reducing losses in electricity and water networks, the World Energy Day is considered one of the prominent global contributions of the UAE to achieving sustainable development, as it is considered an occasion to strengthen the policies responsible for implementing and developing mechanisms and frameworks for exchanging experiences between different countries of the world and encouraging acceleration of the process The shift towards renewable energy sources, in addition to continuing to strive to encourage responsible and rational use of energy to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions And the intention and preservation of our precious natural resources.” His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “We in the United Arab Emirates have future plans to diversify energy sources and move towards clean ones, especially nuclear ones, as the operation of the “Barakah Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plant” will push the wheel of the transformation towards clean energy in the country forward, which is a step forward. It is significant and important for energy sustainability, diversity and security for decades to come, and we in the UAE follow a long-term approach to planning for the future of energy and reducing emissions. Therefore, the launch of the Emirates Energy Strategy 2050 came to work on raising the efficiency of individual and institutional consumption by 40% and raising the contribution of clean energy to the total mix of energy produced in the country to 50% to ensure meeting energy demand and sustaining growth in the country’s economy.

His Excellency Al Mazrouei added: “Clean energy is a fundamental pillar of sustainability, which makes it at the forefront of the priorities and strategic directions of the United Arab Emirates, which leads the pioneering efforts to adopt the latest innovations that drive the process of confronting the effects of climate change and mitigating global warming.

For his part, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said: “We are guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may God protect him, to make Dubai a global model for clean energy and green economy by adopting the technologies of the Industrial Revolution. The fourth and disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotic aircraft, energy storage, blockchain technology, the Internet of Things and many others.DEWA is committed to creating proactive solutions to the challenges of the next fifty years and is committed to achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 75% of Dubai’s energy production capacity from clean energy sources by the year 2050. The percentage of clean energy production capacity in Dubai in 2020 reached about 9% of the energy mix, 2% more than the percentage set for the year 2020.

One of our most prominent projects to achieve this strategy is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, which is the largest solar energy project in the world in one location according to the independent producer system, and its production capacity will reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

The capacity of the solar energy projects currently operating in the complex is 1,310 megawatts using photovoltaic solar panels and will reach 13.3% of the total production capacity in phases until the first quarter of next year. We also have a plant to produce green hydrogen using solar energy, a hydroelectric plant project in Hatta, and a project to generate electricity by utilizing wind energy. The Authority’s production capacity has increased to 13,200 megawatts of electricity and 490 million gallons of desalinated water per day. We are also working to spread awareness about the importance of rationalizing consumption. The rationalization programs and initiatives launched by the authority between 2009 and 2020, achieved cumulative savings among the target groups, amounting to 2.6 TWh of electricity and 8.5 billion gallons of water, equivalent to saving one billion and 508 million dirhams and reducing one million and 136 thousand tons. of carbon emissions.” H.E. Al Tayer added: “The World Energy Day aims to support policies that improve energy efficiency in various vital sectors, as well as enhance sustainability and increase energy efficiency within the framework of urban and regional planning. This day is an opportunity to recall the importance of energy in our lives and its impact on various aspects of economic, social and environmental development and to emphasize the importance of concerted efforts between institutions and members of society to cooperate in reducing practices that harm the environment and to raise awareness of the importance of rationalizing energy consumption to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions to preserve our natural resources and ensure their sustainability. His Excellency Saeed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority, stressed that the wise leadership in the UAE in general and the Emirate of Sharjah in particular adopts a unique vision for the energy sector and its pivotal role in the future of sustainable development based on overcoming challenges, studying changes in demand and consumption, and benefiting from future opportunities thanks to the employment of Advanced technology, increasing energy efficiency, implementing ambitious projects to increase production, ensure continuity of supply, and develop transmission and distribution systems and networks to enhance energy security, which has become a pivotal factor in progress and civilizational renaissance.

Al Suwaidi indicated that the authority is working to implement the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to meet the increasing demand in the Emirate of Sharjah for electric power through the authority’s strategy for 2030, which aims to enhance the capacity of electric power generation in the emirate to reach 4600 megawatts. Through the implementation of two projects to develop the Hamriyah and Layyah power stations, which are considered among the most important and ambitious projects in the production of electrical energy with high efficiency in the Emirate of Sharjah, which contribute to meeting the rapid demand for energy in the Emirate. The most efficient electric power plants in the energy sector in the Middle East. The Hamriyah plant project consists of three groups with a total capacity of 1800 MW. The first group was commissioned in April 2021, and the project will be completed in May 2023. As for the Layya plant project, it consists of two gas turbines with a capacity of each. 345 MW, two heat recovery boilers and a steam turbine with a capacity of 336 MW to make the total installed capacity The project has a mechanism of 1026 megawatts, and the operation of the first gas turbine will start in November 2021, and the project will be completed in July 2022. After the completion of the project, 17 old electricity production units with a total capacity of 900 megawatts will be replaced in the Layyah plant.

These projects contribute to achieving the goal of the strategy of the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE to reduce carbon emissions and reinforce the authority’s continuous commitment to providing the necessary electric energy at competitive prices to meet the needs and reduce the environmental impact of power generation operations.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “On World Energy Day, and in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, we emphasize the importance of strengthening close cooperation between the public and private sectors to promote green investments, support innovation, find long-term sustainable solutions, and increase focus on intelligence. Artificial intelligence and advanced technologies to enhance energy sustainability and efficiency, thus contributing to overcoming current and future challenges facing the energy sector and achieving a balance between development and the environment to preserve the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment and to continue Dubai’s leading role in reducing carbon emissions and limiting the effects of climate change from By increasing reliance on renewable and clean energy to transform the emirate into a global center for clean energy and green economy.”

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