THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENERGY CONSERVATION
RTA makes progress in saving power consumption last year posted on 20/05/2015
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has made a remarkable progress in saving water consumption last year, according to a report published by the RTA marking UAE celebrations of the World Water Day.
Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of Public Transport Agency, said: "The report published by the Agency about water consumption in public transport facilities last year amounted to 32 million gallons, recording a drop of about 2.77 million gallons from levels reported in 2013 which were 34.7 million gallons.
"Our efforts succeeded in saving water consumption by 8 percent between 2013 and 2014 despite the rise in the number of employees and growth achieved in the business of the Agency."
He added that RTA is launching an array of initiatives, strategic plans and effective procedures aimed at conserving water and power consumption, and raising consumption efficiency across all facilities and stations. Most bus depots have stations for recycling and treating water used in washing buses, and recycling ratio of these waters has reached 80 per cent and is expected to hit 90 per cent by the end of 2015 following the launch of Recycling of Public Bus Washing Water Station at Al Qusais Depot.
"The responsibility of conserving water consumption rests on all community members as water is the backbone of life, and we have got to conserve its consumption; a practice also exhorted by our lofty religious values," continued Al Ali. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Dubai Carbon, AFC Energy sign MoU to study deploying hydrogen fuel cells to generate energy posted on 10/05/2015
Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon), has signed an MoU with Britain's AFC Energy, to assess the potential for using hydrogen fuel cells to generate energy in Dubai. This supports the UAE's efforts to reduce carbon emissions. As per the MoU, Dubai Carbon will work with AFC to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by using hydrogen fuel cells in a number of facilities.
The two sides will investigate using AFC's hydrogen fuel cells in certain sites and projects that are under construction or which require temporary connections in Dubai, to generate a total of 300MW by 2020.
"We work to achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, the long-term National initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to build an economy that protects the environment and supports a diversified economy based on knowledge and innovation. It enhances the competitiveness of the UAE in global markets, especially in renewable energy, and green-economy products and technologies. We also work to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai sustainable with its resources," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
"The MoU between Dubai Carbon and AFC Energy supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify Dubai's energy mix, promote the sustainable development of Dubai, make the Emirate a role model in energy security and efficiency, and reduce energy demand by 30%. The MoU also supports Dubai's efforts to increase its use of sources of renewable and clean energy. It underlines Dubai's leading role, and vision to ensure secure, clean, and sustainable energy to achieve the goals of Dubai and the UAE to adopt a green economy and keep a sustainable environment for generations to come," added Al Tayer.
"We are delighted to sign this MoU between Dubai Carbon and AFC Energy to evaluate the use of hydrogen fuel cell technology to generate electricity in Dubai. It is a clean and environmentally-friendly technology. This project supports Dubai's strategy to enhance its energy infrastructure, and build capabilities and innovation in energy management and efficiency," said Waleed Salman, Chairman of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence.
Dubai Carbon and AFC will assess the demand for commercial facilities in Dubai to use this advanced technology. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Sharjah Ruler launches Power Consumption Hour initiative from July 1 posted on 05/05/2015
H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has directed the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) to launch a "Power Consumption Hour" initiative. As part of the initiative, every year beginning July 1, people will be exhorted to shut off all non-essential power consuming devices between 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, an hour when demand for electricity increases and loads reach peak levels.
The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of optimal use of energy and reducing carbon emissions by shutting down unnecessary devices and electronic gadgets as well as paying attention to periodical maintenance.
Dr. Rashid Al Leem, the Chairman of SEWA, who made the announcement yesterday, also indicated that the initiative was in line with the continuous follow up of Sheikh Sultan and his keenness to raise awareness and involve all segments of society to contribute towards addressing vital issues.
Al Leem added that the Sharjah Ruler has directed that all necessary facilitations be extended and efforts be rallied by the government and private departments to achieve the objectives of the initiative which would contribute towards rationalising power consumption.
Commenting on the goals of the initiative, he reiterated that it will start in Sharjah and will be disseminated at the local, regional and global levels. - Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280110705.html
Sustainability right in the middle of the desert posted on 02/05/2015
In two years, students and tourists will be heading to the middle of Dubai's scorching desert to learn about the emirate's sustainable energy projects.
Special bus and metro services are being planned to attract them by 2017 when the Solar Innovation Centre (SIC) of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will rise from the desert, overlooking the massive Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Seih Al Dahal.
The four-storey building will be an ‘edutainment' centre akin to a gallery or museum for visitors to explore creative ideas and clean energy sources being used and that will be used in Dubai.
The building, with its striking free-flowing architecture, will itself be an example of integration of multiple sustainable projects under one roof, officials said during the recently held 17th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2015).
An interactive glass model of the project was exhibited at the Dewa's stand to educate the public and industry experts about it.
"The Solar Innovation Centre is a sustainable architecture and a value-adding facility to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park,” MD and CEO of Dewa Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer had said when the authority awarded the consultancy services to design and supervise the construction of the project in July. Ted Jacobs Engineering Group and Kettle Collective are currently working on the project.
"The landmark design celebrates the unique identity of the energy park reinforcing a sense of green Dubai as a leading example of sustainable development regionally and internationally,” Al Tayer noted.
Dewa has envisioned the centre as the main focal point for companies, researchers, university students, individuals working in the field of solar energy, as well as for developers and manufacturers of clean-energy technologies.
Explaining the details of the project to Khaleej Times, Marco Christiaan Janssen, acting director of Dewa Smart Grid Project Management Office, said the main objective of the SIC building is to showcase the entire spectrum of Dewa's sustainable projects as well as stand as a model of sustainable architecture.
"This will explain what exactly all our projects that we announce through the media mean ... how they work ... to the common people.”
Obviously, the SIC in the solar park also will have photovoltaics supplying solar energy to run the building. It is designed to get 100 per cent self-solar shading directly from above. "The sunlight will go directly inside the building through the glass façade during the day time. Most of the lighting is with natural daylight, and the artificial lighting used will be the most energy efficient ones.”
Exhibition and learning centres
Highlights of the building include an exhibition centre and a learning centre which will be on the first and the second floors respectively and a massive hologram screen running up to the fourth floor.
The centre will host different activities to teach students about technologies, climate change and its solutions and have more creative thinking for the future of Dubai. Visitors will also have the opportunity to develop their own design ideas at the facility.
On the topmost fourth floor, an observation deck will provide a panoramic view of the massive solar park.
While the SIC's surroundings will see rainwater harvesting and fresh vegetables being grown in the middle of the desert using treated water, the third floor of the building will house a café supplying these vegetables, the model showed.
Covered with high performing glasses that protect the building from the extreme conditions of the desert, the SIC building will also make use of curtains designed for achieving maximum temperature control inside the building.
With the comprehensive sustainable approaches, Janssen said, Dewa is trying to bring the energy consumption of the building down to an absolute minimum.
The authority will coordinate with the RTA to run special bus services to the site from the Mall of the Emirates Metro station. It is also planning to examine options to extend the Dubai Metro line to the solar park itself, he said. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2015/May/nationgeneral_May11.xml§ion=nationgeneral
UAE participates in third Forum of the Global Network for Sustainable Cities in Paris posted on 22/04/2015
PARIS: The UAE has participated in the third Forum of the Global Network for Sustainable Cities, organised by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Masdar and the French Government in Paris, Nantes and Montpellier.
The UAE's participation with a large delegation representing the relevant sectors' legislative and regulatory bodies of municipalities and those in the energy sector, aims to highlight the success of national stories in the field of sustainable solutions for cities, as well as benefit from the French experience in the development of mechanisms and methodologies for the design of policy and technical applications in French cities.
The conference witnessed the participation of more than 90 specialised experts from the UAE, France, Sweden, Finland and the support of the French Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development and Energy, Environment Agency and Energy Management, and the French Senate.
The UAE, Sweden, Finland and France expressed their intention to continue working on cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of sustainable cities.
Ali Al Shafar, Deputy Director of the Department of Energy Affairs and Climate Change, said that over 50 experts from various bodies of the country were involved in the talks with the French side on many issues submitted for discussion as well as cooperation opportunities and lessons learned from the success stories of different experiences.
He pointed out that the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking forward to seizing the opportunities to exchange expertise and experiences and that this visit is one of those opportunities from which it can benefit. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
UAE’s eco-friendly residents join Abu Dhabi Festival 2015 in celebration of Earth Hour posted on 30/03/2015
Abu Dhabi Festival celebrated Earth Hour for the fifth consecutive year, with a fun filled series of educational workshops for the eco-friendly residents of the UAE.
Taking place this year in Hili Fun City, Al Ain, in partnership with the Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wide Fund for Nature, Abu Dhabi Festival hosted a series of workshops for children based around this year's Earth Hour theme – climate change. Led by the ‘Nutty Scientists', a leading educational troupe, the workshops focused on the impact of climate change on the planet.
Earth Hour was celebrated as part of Abu Dhabi Festival 2015's Community and Education programme of free events. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Dubai marks Earth Hour for 8th consecutive year posted on 29/03/2015
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved an impressive reduction in electricity use of 305 MWh and a reduction of 183 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during Earth Hour 2015 in Dubai. This is an increase of 20% compared to last year, when DEWA recorded savings of 255 MWh of electricity and 153 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Earth Hour event in Dubai was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Emirates Wildlife Society in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature and Masat Property Management at Bay Avenue Park in Business Bay in Dubai.
The event was attended by Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) and Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and officials from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and government and private sector staff.
DEWA marked Earth Hour 2015 by displaying the world's largest infinity mirror, measuring 7 square meters. Dubai represented by DEWA broke a new world record that was registered in the Guinness Book of Records. An infinity mirror is a set of mirrors that reflect an image back in a recursive manner, creating a series of smaller reflections that recede into an infinite distance. This infinity mirror communicates DEWA's message that its efforts are infinite.
During Earth Hour, tourist attractions, government and private buildings, and residents across Dubai turned off their lights and unessential electric appliances for a full hour. This underlined the belief by everyone that combining efforts will significantly contribute to establishing a culture of energy conservation, preservation of natural resources and environmental protection.
"Dubai marks the annual Earth Hour event in line with the directives of His Highness 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 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to strengthen the leading role of Dubai plays in supporting global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and climate change," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of DEWA.
"Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008. Since then, DEWA has managed to make significant savings and support Dubai's objectives to reduce the use of natural resources and achieve environmental sustainability. This has been aided by the cooperation of DEWA's partners and greater social awareness. During Earth Hour over the last 7 years, DEWA managed to reduce electricity use by 1,291 MWh and saved 775 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions," added Al Tayer.
"DEWA achieved significant results in reducing electricity use over the past 6 years, saving 1,163 GWh of electricity and 5.4 billion imperial gallons of water. This is equivalent to Dh752 million, and over 536,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions."
"The amount of savings achieved during Earth Hour and conservation campaigns reflects the strong environmental awareness among Dubai residents. It also underlines the effectiveness of combined efforts to achieve our objectives to create a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for the benefit of present and future generations," concluded Al Tayer "On behalf of our parent company DPG, we are proud to extend our support to this initiative for the second year running and to host this event at our flagship retail destination Bay Avenue. Our involvement in this initiative reflects our commitment to promoting energy and water efficiency not only this evening, but on a daily basis. More importantly, initiatives such as these help us all to work towards a greener and sustainable economy," said Arif Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer of MASAT, DPG's dedicated portfolio management company.
Hundreds of residents and visitors attended the Earth Day activities, which started at 5pm. Earth Hour activities includes various entertaining and family activities including clowns, stilt-walking, flower displays, face painting, entertaining contests, souvenirs, heritage activities, and a traditional food corner. Children also celebrated the first anniversary of DEWA's conservation mascots, Noor and Hayat.
At 8:30pm, participants joined millions of people around the world in switching off lights to mark Earth Hour. The Earth Hour Walkathon then started where participants united, and held candles and environmentally-friendly lanterns together. The Walkathon was led by Al Tayer and officials from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, and government and private sector staff.
"We are very pleased with the size of public involvement and response to Earth Hour 2015. We recorded the largest participation to date, which underlines DEWA's successful efforts to raise environmental awareness among Dubai residents. This encourages us to continue our hard work and organise awareness campaigns and innovative initiatives that promote awareness of the importance of sensible use of natural resources, and instilling a culture of conservation among all groups and segments of society, particularly children, who were at the lead of the Earth Hour Walkathon, carrying candles and lanterns. They deserve a sustainable future that gives them the right to use natural resources and ensure a prosperous life. This will be achieved by the care and support of our wise leadership," said Amal Koshak, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications at DEWA. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
UAE to observe Earth Hour today from 8.30pm posted on 28/03/2015
The biggest landmarks of the UAE will be plunged in darkness from 8.30 as part of ‘Earth Hour', today. The UAE has been observing the event since 2008, with involvement of all the seven emirates. The global movement which began in 2007 now sees participation of 7,000 cities in 162 countries across the world.
In Dubai, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) spearheads the event along with Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF). Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, said there are no specific energy-saving targets this year but he hopes the Emirate can collectively save up to 300,000kWh during the Hour. Last year's savings was 255,000kWh.
Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy said the country's wise leadership has given extra care to the welfare of the citizens and sustainability of resources through launching a number of pioneering initiatives and projects, particularly at the regional and international levels.
Al Mazrouei said the main objective of celebrating the Earth Hour is to raise awareness on the adoption of such practices, which would contribute significantly to reduce wastage of energy and water consumption and consequently help mitigate the resulted harmful emissions. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2015/March/nationgeneral_March298.xml§ion=nationgeneral
Country's wise leadership has given extra attention to sustainability of resources: Energy Minister posted on 28/03/2015
Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, has said that country's wise leadership has given extra care to the welfare of the citizens and sustainability of resources through launching a number of pioneering initiatives and projects, particularly in the regional and international levels.
In his statement on the occasion of the Earth Hour, which will be marked tomorrow (Saturday, March 28th), Al Mazrouei said that main objective of celebrating the Earth Hour, is to raise awareness among all individuals on the adoption of such practices which would contribute significantly to reduce wastage of energy and water consumption and consequently help mitigate the resulted harmful emissions.
He added that it is a clear message about the need of awareness on the dangers and impact of excessive and irrational consumption of energy and water resources, as well as the importance of acting with responsibility to adopt a rational approach.
He also reiterated that energy consumption is one of the most effective factors to achieve objectives of the green economy in the UAE and to secure a sustainable environment and protecting natural resources for the coming generations.
The Minister also brought attention to the importance of spreading and adopting rational culture and promoting initiatives which would contribute to reducing waste of energy, increase cooperating and coordinating with the competent authorities on the usage of electricity and water.
He hailed the efforts of the country's institutions and their positive interaction towards the rational consumption initiative, particularly the community participation, which according to him shows the awareness in the UAE society. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395278523975.html
Dubai Airports’ Earth Hour campaign targets energy savings of 230,000 kWh posted on 26/03/2015
Dubai Airports' 24-day switch-off in the run-up to Earth Hour on March 28th will save an estimated 230,000 kWh in energy – enough to power an average home for approximately 15 years, which is equivalent to 159 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The campaign has involved the switching off of all non-essential lights at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central for an hour every day since March 5th. The hour-long switch off does not affect essential facilities within the airport to ensure the safety and comfort of customers and smooth operations.
Phil Blum, SVP Enterprise Assurance at Dubai Airports, said, "This is the seventh consecutive year of our participation in this important global event, and the second year of our 24-day long green initiative. While the direct outcome in terms of energy savings is considerable and positive, the campaign's real objective is creating awareness among the thousands of people who are part of the workforce across the airport and the hundreds of thousands of passengers that pass through our terminals every day."
To spread the message even wider, Dubai Airports has organised entertainment events and activities with an environmental theme for employees and their families on March 28th at Zabeel Park. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Al Ain Zoo to participate in Earth Hour posted on 25/03/2015
As part of its commitment to conserving the environment, Al Ain Zoo has announced its participation in Earth Hour on Saturday, 28th March. Visitors are being offered free-entrance from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to enjoy a wide on-site campaign full of activities and workshops.
Guests are invited to participate in a wide range of activities organised by Al Ain Zoo during the day, including lantern making workshops. Additionally, visitors can experience true Emirati hospitality from 'Mills' restaurant, and also express their commitment to environmental conservation on a pledges board.
From 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a guided night walk with flashlights, star-gazing using telescopes presented by the College of Science at UAE University, and a classical musical performance at the African exhibit. Additional activities include participants lighting up their candles and placing them in the shape of ‘60+' on the ground.
Commenting on the participation, Muna Al Dhaheri, the Chief of Conservation and Education at Al Ain Zoo, said, "Earth Hour, which is celebrated throughout the world, aims to protect the environment, reduce global warming and regularise electricity consumption by switching off lights.
"Al Ain Zoo is committed to raising awareness about climate change, and we have organised a number of activities that give people the opportunity to be part of a global movement in a fun and interactive setting to educate them about positive environmental practices and the importance of conserving energy."
Al Ain Zoo will open its doors from 9a.m. to 8:30p.m. on Saturday 28th March, and is located on the UAE-Oman border just a short drive from Dubai and from the UAE's capital city, Abu Dhabi. With the majestic Jebel Hafeet and the rich expanse of Green Mubazzarah as its backdrop, Al Ain Zoo is one of the city's leading attractions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
Dubai set to implement energy efficiency measures posted on 21/03/2015
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy's Demand Side Management Executive Committee held its seventh meeting at its headquarters, chaired by Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
The meeting was attended by Yousef Jebril, executive vice-president of Power and Water Planning at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and vice-chairman of the Committee, Faisal Ali Rashid, director of Demand Side Management at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Graeme Sims, executive director of the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity & Water in Dubai, Stephane Le Gentil, CEO of Etihad ESCO, Samer Khoudeir, chief sales & marketing officer at Empower, Shamma Al Rahmah, manager of Business Planning and Performance Management at Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), and Mustafa Alyousuf, member of the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity & Water in Dubai.
"The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy's Demand-Side Executive Committee has been formed in line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to manage the Emirate's resources in a sustainable and innovative way. The committee oversees implementing the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce energy demand by 30 per cent by 2030,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. "The Demand Side Management strategy is the first of its kind in the region. It provides new opportunities for companies working in energy services, sustainability, and efficiency. The strategy has eight programmes to manage energy demand. These include green building regulations, retrofitting of existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, laws and standards to raise efficiency, and energy-efficient street lighting,” added Al Tayer.
"The Demand Side Management Executive Committee discussed the progress and future priorities to implement energy efficiency measures in Dubai. We made good results in 2014 in terms of achievements and savings in electricity and water use, with five per cent savings in electricity use and over three per cent in water use, exceeding the targets set for the year,” said Al Muhairabi.
"The 8 demand-side management programmes achieved positive results in terms of savings. They have had a positive influence on electricity and water use, particularly the slab tariff system, which was implemented in 2011. They have contributed to increasing savings and implementing green building regulations with Dubai Municipality, outdoor lighting with the Roads and Transport Authority, irrigation efficiency measures with Dubai Municipality, and new standards for appliances presented by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology,” added Al Muhairabi.
Key priorities that were presented and discussed included continuous support to implement green-building regulations, consider further measures to support key programmes such as retrofitting of buildings, development of technological capabilities, and financing solutions for energy demand-side management programmes, which will become more important in the coming years. The committee discussed options regarding these issues. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2015/March/uaebusiness_March239.xml§ion=uaebusiness
DEWA to observe Earth Hour on 28 March posted on 19/03/2015
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has stated that DEWA is part of Dubai's efforts to raise environmental awareness. This supports its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.
Al Tayer noted that DEWA is organising the Earth Hour based on the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
At a press conference at Armani Hotel, in Downtown Dubai, Al Tayer announced that Earth Hour will be organised on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at Bay Avenue Park in Dubai from 8:30 to 9:30pm. Dubai is joining 7,000 cities worldwide in observing Earth Hour, which is the largest environmental event worldwide.
The press conference was attended by Mohammed bin Essa, Executive Director of Retail and Commercial at Masat Property Management, which is managing Dubai Properties Group's portfolio, on behalf of Arif Mubarak, the company's CEO, Ida Tillisch, Director General of Emirates Wildlife Society in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Stephane Le Gentil, CEO of Etihad Energy Services, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Amal Koshak, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications at DEWA, representatives of government and private organisations in Dubai, and the media.
Al Tayer invited all Dubai's residents to actively participate in Earth Hour, which DEWA is organising under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in partnership with the Emirates Wildlife Society in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund, and with the support of Masat Property Management. Earth Hour will be organised at Bay Avenue Park from 5:00pm. Al Tayer also called upon Dubai residents to be part of the Earth Hour walk, which will start at 8:30pm.
"Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has laid down the foundations for a sustainable future for present and future generations through a vision, creative initiatives, and quality programmes. The directions of His Highness have been translated into real initiatives with close follow-up from Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which has helped Dubai to become a world model for clean and renewable energy, sustainability, and other environmental issues that are of interest to governments and individuals alike," said Al Tayer.
"Organising this important event, under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in partnership with the Emirates Wildlife Society and in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund, and with the support of Dubai Properties Group, supports our efforts to achieve the UAE Vision 2021, and the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative to make the UAE one of the global leaders of sustainability and a hub for the export and re-export of green products and technologies, while maintaining a sustainable environment that supports long-term economic growth. It also complements our efforts to achieve the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030. In this context, DEWA recently increased the renewable energy target in Dubai's energy mix to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030," he added.
"I would like to emphasise the need to combine the efforts of individuals, and government and private organisations to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city whose resources are sustainable. The collective efforts will conserve energy and will help reduce the carbon footprint, create a sustainable future for coming generations, and promote the Emirate as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, green economy, and sustainability. In this context, I am pleased to say that DEWA, as a socially-responsible organisation, is leading Dubai's efforts to raise public awareness on environmental issues and sustainability," he added.
"Our efforts at DEWA are not only limited to supporting national efforts to achieve the sustainable development of Dubai and the UAE, but also extend far beyond that. DEWA has become a key element in supporting global efforts to develop sustainable solutions for climate change and global warming. In this framework, we sent five of our staff to Antarctica, earlier this month, as part of the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition, which is organised by 2041. The expedition highlights the effects of global warming and raises awareness on the need to protect Antarctica from drilling, mining and other activities. It also underlines environmental phenomena that result from climate change."
Al Tayer noted that Dubai was the first Arab city to participate in Earth Hour in 2008, underlining its leadership in supporting and incubating initiatives and events that promote public awareness on environmental issues and support the sustainable development of the UAE, the region, and the world.
"DEWA achieved significant results in reducing electricity use over the past 6 years, at 1,163 GWh of electricity and 5.4 billion imperial gallons of water. This is equivalent to Dh 752 million, and over 536,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions."
"During Earth Hour 2014, we managed to reduce electricity use by 255MWh and 153 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in just one hour. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once observed, "Success is not a destination, but a journey. Each time that you reach a summit on this journey, you must look ahead to the next one." Similarly, we look forward to increasing savings during Earth Hour 2015. In this regard, I would like to commend the important and key role the media plays in raising environmental awareness and in supporting our efforts to communicate the message of Earth Hour to everyone. We thank you and really appreciate your efforts," he concluded.
"On behalf of our parent company Dubai Properties Group, we at MASAT are privileged to be working with DEWA and EWS-WWF for the second year running to support this important global initiative. Climate change is everyone's responsibility and we are committed to helping our communities better understand how they can reduce their ecological footprint. We are doing this through a number of methods including the implementation of enhanced metering system to drive awareness of energy consumed by individual home users within our communities. Along with hosting the Earth Hour event at one of our flagship properties, Bay Avenue, we are encouraging the 55,000 residents in our communities to be a part of this movement," said Mubarak.
"It is an exciting time of year, and it is really wonderful to see individuals and businesses from all sectors participating in Earth Hour year on year. Earth Hour will not be the success that we know it to be without their efforts. I would like to thank DEWA and its partners for leading Earth Hour in Dubai, and for using their power to mobilise UAE society towards a more sustainable future. Climate Change is a global threat that will affect each and every one of us, and will require united action from us all, which is what Earth Hour is all about. Earth Hour is the perfect time to renew our commitment to do everything we can to protect our planet," said Tillisch.
"By organising Earth Hour, we look forward to enhancing public awareness about environmental sustainability and encouraging individual and organisation to embrace environmentally-friendly practices that help to reduce electricity and water use. This will help limit the negative effects of climate change," said Koshak.
"Society' participation should not be limited to reducing its use of electricity and water on a certain day or for a certain hour during the year. What we look forward to is a responsible lifestyle in using precious natural resources, and adopting this lifestyle every day at home, in the office, and anywhere. Collective efforts enable us to achieve sustainability in all aspects of life," added Koshak.
Earth Hour activities will include various entertaining and family activities including clowns, stilt-walking, flower displays, face painting, entertaining contests, souvenirs, heritage activities, and a traditional food corner. Children will also celebrate the first anniversary of DEWA's conservation mascots Noor and Hayat.
Dubai is hoping to achieve a new world record during the event by displaying the largest infinity mirror that is lit by LED lamps. The mirror creates a series of endless reflections although it is only a few centimetres thick.
Earth Hour is one of the largest environmental events in the world, where millions of people get together to meet threats to planet Earth that result from wrong and irresponsible practices in using natural resources. Participants switch off lights and unnecessary appliances for one hour to underline the need to embrace a sensible community and culture of energy conservation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
DEWA urges customers to limit electricity usage between 12-6pm to protect the environment posted on 19/08/2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) urges customers to limit electricity usage between 12-6pm to protect the environment and says environmental sustainability helps preserve natural resources for us all and for generations to come by making the most efficient use of our resources to ensure their sustainability and reduce damage to the environment.
With global warming leading to climate change and the population set to grow to nine billion by 2050, sustaining the basic quality of life is increasingly becoming a challenge, DEWA affirms.
'We are consuming so much, and so quickly, that we are already living far beyond the earth's capacity to support us. Integrating sustainable practices in the way we live and work is therefore imperative. Organisations and companies have to do their part in keeping the environment and fulfil their social requirements as key platforms for innovation on strategy, design, and manufacturing, DEWA adds.
The Peak-Load campaign, initiated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), encourages users to limit their use of devices that use a lot of power, such as irons, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, and electric ovens during peak consumption hours from 12-6pm, and reschedule their use to the morning and evening as much as possible. The campaign also urges commercial and industrial consumers to shift their less-critical energy operations from peak to off-peak hours. This will help save fuel used in power generation, and contribute to reducing emissions that pollute the environment.
"DEWA works to establish a sustainable society that contributes to limiting the depletion of natural resources, in fulfilment of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy which aims to reduce energy demand by 30 percent by 2030. To reach a sustainable environment, we all have to follow a lifestyle that fulfils current demands while ensuring that future generations will be able to fulfil their demands as well.
DEWA organises and launches various awareness campaigns to promote rational consumption of natural resources to preserve them and support sustainable development for generations to come. The Peak-Load campaign has been rolled out to encourage responsible behaviour and shared responsibility among DEWA's consumers in their homes, offices and factories, in terms of electricity and water consumption and reduce the threat of global warming," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA.
Using electrical appliances and equipment during the peak-load hours, which are typically from 12-6pm during the summer months, adds to the power load within the electricity network. DEWA has to enhance its power generation capacity during peak-load hours. The campaign programmes aims to educate residential consumers on how to contribute to reducing the load on the power-generation system by using their high-power-consuming electrical devices outside peak hours.
Air-conditioning represents as much as 60 percent of the peak load consumption. By reducing air-conditioning even marginally, it is possible for consumers not only to lower their electricity bills but also increase the overall reliability and efficiency of the electrical system. If every customer changed the air-conditioning in their homes or offices from 20 degrees Celsius to either 23 or 24 degrees during electrical peak hours, this will considerably reduce energy consumption. By adopting such a small measure, we'll be able to help in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and conserve natural resources.
"The main objective of this campaign is to raise awareness on rational power consumption among residential, industrial, and commercial. Rational consumption does not mean that we need to stop using electricity or water. It simply means that we only need to shift non-critical loads to off-peak hours and re-distribute usage of high-power-consuming devices to off-peak hours. If we don't adopt sustainability in consuming electricity, we will always need to burn more gas to generate more power. It is significant that all community members participate in the peak-load campaign to sustain our natural resources," said Amal Koshak, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications at DEWA. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395268702630.html
DEWA extends its 24 Celsius campaign to the commercial sector posted on 14/08/2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has extended its annual campaign ‘Set your AC to 24C' to raise awareness amongst commercial consumers about the importance of rationalising consumption to preserve natural resources. The campaign complements DEWA's efforts to support environmental sustainability in Dubai.
The Set your AC to 24C campaign encourages consumers to adopt environmentally-friendly lifestyles at their homes and workplaces by setting their air conditioning to 24C, which is the optimal temperature for the human body. Setting the air conditioning thermostat to 24C also helps to keep the environment by reducing power consumption and also carbon dioxide emissions, which is also known as the Carbon Footprint.
This move enables commercial consumers to achieve sustainable financial savings, especially as air conditioning consumes a large percentage of energy in commercial properties. The campaign enables users to support DEWA's efforts to promote environmental awareness and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to protect the environment and support the Sustainable Development of Dubai.
"DEWA consistently organises awareness campaigns and initiatives to promote a culture of conservation and minimise the excessive use of natural resources. This enables us to sustain our natural resources, for generations to come. These efforts are in line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce energy demand by 30% in 2030, and in accordance with DEWA's strategy for sustainable development," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
"DEWA's awareness campaigns have achieved remarkable results. Between 2009 and 2013, we managed to reduce electricity consumption to about 1,012 GW/h of electricity, and 4.9 billion gallons of water, eliminating the release of 466,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This helped save about Dh 622 million," added Al Tayer.
"DEWA collaborates with different government departments and other stakeholders to launch campaigns directed at consumers in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. These awareness campaigns underpin DEWA's social responsibility and its keenness to promote environmental awareness among all segments of society.
We aim to instil a culture of rational consumption of resources among all members of society and achieve actual savings in consumption rates to support the sustainable development of Dubai. The Set your AC to 24C campaign has been extended to the commercial sector after the success of last year's campaign, which was just focused on to the residential sector," said Khawla Al Mehairi, VP Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
U.A.E. looks to tap vast potential of wind power posted on 15/06/2014
The U.A.E. has been a driving force in funding wind power overseas, but the green energy source has found itself in the doldrums closer to home. The country's obvious solar potential has also had the effect of putting other renewables in the shade
That could be about to change as attention focuses on the wind potential offered by locations such as the power-hungry Northern Emirates and islands such as Sir Bani Yas, while at the same time technology to produce power from lower wind speeds improves.
Such technological developments are especially relevant for the U.A.E., which typically lacks the gales that drive the largest of existing wind farms in Europe and North America.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi's eight-year-old renewable energy company, has taken a lead in investing in wind projects overseas. After wind-mapping the country, it is also scouting possible locations for turbines at home.
The Mubadala Development unit has more than US$1 billion invested in energy projects around the world. It is also a key player in the emirate's attempt to achieve 7 per cent renewable energy capacity by 2020. Dubai's renewable target is 5 per cent.
Masdar is one of three major investors in the Middle East's first utility-scale wind power project in Jordan.
The 117-megawatt Tafila Wind Farm is expected to increase the country's total power capacity by 3 per cent and is estimated to cost about US$290 million.
The U.A.E. wind-mapping project is about identifying the best locations for potential turbine sites. Among the places that look initially favourable is Sir Bani Yas Island, where Masdar has already presented plans to the Government for a 30MW project.
But finding the wind is only half of the problem. The cost of erecting the turbines and their gigantic blades can be prohibitive without the right infrastructure.
To that extent, identifying commercially viable locations for wind power in the U.A.E. is more challenging than doing the same for solar projects, where there are fewer variables to consider.
"The commercial viability of a wind project depends on the wind project itself, the specifics of the project and where it is located,” said Ahmed Al Awadi, the head of business support at Masdar's clean energy unit.
"The Northern Emirates are mountainous, and so in order to build your plant you may have to build additional infrastructure to accommodate the vehicles that would take the blades there.”
Modern blades made for the largest wind turbines are vast. The largest rotors made by Siemens extend more than 150 metres, competing with the wing span of an Airbus A380 superjumbo. One sweep of such a rotor covers more than 18,600 square metres, or two-and-a-half football fields.
Another factor is the relatively weak wind speeds available throughout the U.A.E.. However, research and development into generating power at much lower velocities than was viable last decade has yielded positive results in the past five years.
"At first sight the country doesn't look very windy, but there are locations where it makes sense to develop wind powers,” said Nicholas Fichaux, the programme officer for resource assessment at the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency.
But even in the absence of formal government-supported utility-scale wind farms, small private turbines are already operating in the country where grid power is lacking.
"You see quite a lot of turbines already on the road to Liwa,” said Mr Fichaux. "You tend to see a small solar panel and a wind turbine beside it. I was surprised because you may not think there is enough wind in the desert, but there is.”
While weak wind speeds represent one of the biggest challenges for the industry locally, globally the headwinds are economic in nature.
The increasing availability of shale gas offers the potential to build cheaper gas-fired power plants – even as the cost of producing wind power continues to fall.
Siemens, one of the world's biggest players in wind energy, says the cost of producing wind power in the United States has fallen 43 per cent since 2008, while the power generated per turbine has jumped 30 per cent. It estimates that the total cost of providing wind power has fallen by 90 per cent since 1980. – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/energy/uae-looks-to-tap-vast-potential-of-wind-power
DEWA achieves impressive reduction in demand for energy and water posted on 27/05/2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved considerable success in reducing the demand for energy and water in Dubai through a wide series of initiatives to meet the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to reduce energy demand by 30 percent in 2030.
DEWA has succeeded in reducing annual per capita consumption of electricity to 15,346 kW in 2013 compared with 16,022 kW in 2010, while the annual per capita consumption rate of water reduced to 40,777 gallons in 2013 compared with 44,631 gallons in 2010.
"In line with our goal to become a sustainable world-class utility, we at DEWA work to achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Our strategies for reducing energy and water demand also complement the national agenda launched by His Highness as part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to position Dubai as a model internationally in energy security and efficiency. We aim to support Dubai's economic growth by providing reliable and uninterrupted energy, promoting energy efficiency, preserving the environment and driving sustainability," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
"According to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 plan, achieving energy efficiency is fundamental to reducing energy demand. This will help to reduce our reliance on natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment. We can build on this in the short-to medium term and realise the results in the long-term, and for generations to come," added Al Tayer.
"DEWA is implementing the strategy for energy demand management that was formulated by the Supreme Council of Energy, which has eight programmes to manage energy demand. These include specifications and regulations for green construction, retro-fitting the existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, regulations to raise the standards and efficiency of devices and lighting, and working with private companies to retrofit 30,000 buildings in Dubai. We have also launched a company specialising in water and electricity consumption in buildings (Etihad ESCO), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and the Clean Coal project and initiatives to raise awareness about an eco-friendly lifestyle and the importance of reducing carbon emissions," concluded Al Tayer.
The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 aims to diversify the energy mix so that by 2030, the total power output of Dubai will come from natural gas (71 percent), nuclear (12 percent), clean coal (12 percent), and solar energy (5 percent). This strategy also focuses on demand side management to reduce demand by 30 percent. – Emirates News Agency,
Desalination plants to run on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi posted on 06/05/2014
Nearly a third of the UAE's greenhouse gas emissions, which are produced by burning conventional fossil fuel, comes from desalination plants. Plans to create these plants running on renewable energy have finally been set in motion by Abu Dhabi's clean energy company Masdar.
The plan was on the drawing board for a year, but on Monday, during the Abu Dhabi Ascent climate change conference, Masdar and its partners for the project, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, announced that four international renewable energy companies have been awarded the contracts for the pilot project. These are Abengoa (Spain), working with a capacity of 1,080 cubic metres of water per day for this project, Degremont (France), with 100 cubic metres, Sidem (France) with 300 cubic metres and Trevi Systems (USA) with 59 cubic metres.
They will start developing clean energy for the trial desalination plant, which is in Ghantoot, on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, immediately.
"Abu Dhabi has the world's second highest carbon dioxide emissions per capita per day, and 52 per cent of the world's desalinated water is produced in the Gulf countries,” said Mohammed El Ramahi, associate director at Masdar. "Our aim is to improve energy efficiency for desalination plants and have all of them 100 per cent powered by renewable energy in the long run.”
The type of renewable energy that will be used for the pilot desalination plant has not been disclosed yet, but Masdar explained that until the end of the year, the four teams will work on the technology to be used, trying to reach the perfect balance between technology and cost.
"We need to work on pilot technology to make sure the project will work. While on this trial period, the desalination plant will function on conventional energy to minimise costs. As we progress with technologies, we will perform simulations to make sure the costs are kept low,” explained Ramahi. "We hope to achieve 60 per cent of the current water unit cost in Abu Dhabi.”
Masdar hopes to commence production of the renewable energy desalination plant for a trial period from January 2015 to June 2016. At the end of this trial period, Masdar will choose to go forward with the technology of one of its four partners, or even all of them if all prove successful. "I believe this could be a revolutionary technology and we plan to commercialise it regionally and internationally.”
With the UAE's increasing water scarcity as the demand increases with the growth in population and economy, desalination plants keep increasing production, but it comes at the cost of our environment.
"According to the UN, over 40 per cent of the global population is affected by water scarcity, and by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live ... (with) ... water scarcity,” said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary-general of EAD.
In the UAE, already 30 per cent of the water supply comes from desalination, while the ground water only supplies 55 per cent and the rest of 5 per cent comes from recycled water.
EAD is working on creating two underground water reservoirs — one in the Western Region and the other in Al Ain — which will be used in the future in case of crises. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/May/nationgeneral_May48.xml§ion=nationgeneral
Dubai saves 255,000kWh of energy during Earth Hour 2014 posted on 31/03/2014
Despite a busy Saturday night in Dubai, the joint effort of its residents to switch off lights for 60 minutes during Earth Hour resulted in energy savings of 255,000kWh – enough energy to power 16 average homes for one year – which is 22 per cent higher than last year's savings.
The figures were released by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) after the hour-long environmental movement on Saturday night that was celebrated in the UAE and 7,000 cities worldwide.
Earth Hour is an annual, global movement that started in 2007 that called on cities and homes to switch off their lights for one hour to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that is the main cause of global warming and climate change. The event was first celebrated in Dubai in 2008.
To give you an idea, the energy that residents conserved on Saturday night was equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of 37 passenger vehicles for one year or about 63 tonnes of waste sent to the landfill, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
This year's savings increased by more than 20 per cent compared to 2013 savings of 200,000kWh. In 2012, Dubai residents saved some 216,000kWh – equivalent to Dh1 million.
"Earth Hour this year achieved strong results in reducing electricity consumption thanks to our partners from ministries, government departments and private institutions, and significant participation from the various segments of society, which underlines the strong environmental awareness of the residents of Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.
Since 2008, Dubai has reduced a total of 1,036,000kWh of electricity consumption and 622 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This roughly means about 150 cars taken off the roads for one year or greenhouse gases saved from about 256 tonnes of waste in landfills, if the EPA calculations were to be used.
The same amount of CO2 emissions is equivalent to burning gasoline from 9.5 average tanker trucks that carry 8,500 gallons of gasoline each.
Earth Hour saw iconic landmarks of the country such as the Burj Khalifa, the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Shaikh Rashid Tower, the Sharjah Museum, and more than 100 official supporting organisations dim their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/dubai-saves-255-000kwh-of-energy-during-earth-hour-2014-1.1311142
UAE marks Earth Hour posted on 30/03/2014
The UAE this evening joined hundreds of countries in marking the annual Earth Hour initiative.
In its 8th year, Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide.
Public and private sectors and residents were urged to switch off their lights and unplug non-essential appliances between 8.30 and 9.30 tonight, to show their pledge towards a greener future.
Landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque switched off their external lighting between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to mark Earth Hour, the world's largest environmental action on climate change.
Authorities are also using the occasion to promote the use of energy-efficient light bulbs. UAE encourages residents to replace conventional light bulbs with energy-efficient lighting such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and halogen lamps.
In Dubai, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) led the celebrations at Bay Avenue Park from 5pm to 8.30pm and announced that it had achieved a reduction of 255 MWH of electricity during the 60-minute event. During Earth Hour 2013, the Dewa achieved a reduction of 200,000 kWh of electricity and 120kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
Across the world towards the end of March annually, Earth Hour encourages communities, people, households, businesses - basically, everyone - to switch lights off for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
While Earth Hour has grown from a single lights out event to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, the actual dedicated hour remains a key driver of wider engagement to act on environmental priorities across the world.
Starting in New Zealand, Earth Hour made its way through 157 countries and territories passing all seven continents including Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, then to North and South America, and even to Antarctica, before ending in Tahiti.
"It is always extraordinary to see cities and landmarks involved in Earth Hour, but in 2014 it is the stories and activities happening beyond the hour that show this event has evolved into a movement driven by the power of the crowd," said Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour from the movement's home in Singapore.
"When the lights go off, let's remember Earth Hour is far more than an hour. There is a far bigger impact than the one-hour event. We are here to celebrate that we all commit to going 'beyond the hour' in living greener lives," said Dr. Marco Lambertini, WWF International Director General Designate. "Let's remember throughout the year ahead what we have come here to celebrate - that each of us has the power to make a real difference in the world. Each of us can be a Super Hero for the planet.' – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Earth Hour an opportunity for more energy-efficient lifestyle, says minister posted on 29/03/2014
As the country celebrates the Earth Hour, it is time to adopt an energy-efficient lifestyle, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy has said.
The energy minister pointed out the main reason for celebrating Earth Hour is to increase awareness about the behaviours and practices that will lead to reducing energy and water consumption and to a better way of life for the whole community.
"The UAE wise leadership attaches great importance to the welfare of the citizens and to the sustainability of the country's resources, especially in the fields of energy. It is therefore, a duty for every member of the society to realize that reducing energy consumption is a collective responsibility," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
On Earth Hour, Minister bin Fahad reiterates UAE's commitment to environmental protection posted on 29/03/2014
Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has reiterated UAE's commitment to environmental protection and active participation in the development and implementation of innovative solutions to protect environmental sustainability.
In a statement on the occasion of Earth Hour which the UAE is celebrating tomorrow Saturday, Minister bin Fahad said the wide participation of individuals and institutions in UAE in marking the occasion reflects the community's commitment to combating climate change and establishing standards of sustainability through rationalisation of energy consumption in line with the UAE Vision 2021.
He cited the cabinet's recent ban on sale of inefficient bulbs in the UAE to help save more than Dh660 million per year on energy bills and carbon emissions the equivalent to removing 165,000 cars off the road and 940,000 tons of carbon emissions per year. He noted that the ban which is part of an indoor lighting standard in the UAE will come into effect on July 1st.
The minister noted that the UAE drew up a green development strategy to transform itself into a green economy and reduce the its carbon emissions and per capita ecological footprint.
On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour - to celebrate their commitment to the planet. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Sharjah Museums Department marks Earth Hour posted on 29/03/2014
As part of Sharjah Museums Department's commitment to the environment, Sharjah Aquarium and Sharjah Maritime Museum is participating in a worldwide campaign to observe Earth Hour- an event that sees billions of people around the world switch off their lights for an hour every March, to raise awareness of global warming and preservation of the environment in a symbolic gesture.
SMD will turn off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday March 29th, as part of its Social Responsibility Initiative titled ‘Because we Care'.
Going beyond the ‘light's out' programme, SMD organised a fun-packed program which will start at 4.30pm.
Families will also have their share in this event, where at 4:30 pm, there will be unique workshops, creating their own phosphoric, glow-in-the-dark accessories in preparation for the special hour.
Various competitions will be held in the outer courtyard of the Sharjah Aquarium and Sharjah Maritime Museum, to engage and involve children and families; where then will be honoured at a special prize giving ceremony.
"SMD is proud to be taking part in Earth Hour for the fifth year in a row," Director General of SMD, Manal Ataya said. "Being part of this major global initiative is a vital aspect of our SRI, and indicates our dedication to raising awareness of climate change, the importance of conserving electricity and reducing carbon emissions for the overall benefit of the planet." During the event, SMD will be switching off interior and exterior lights, unplugging all the electrical appliances possible and using alternative means of energy for conservation purposes.
Participants in the event will include Sharjah Municipality, the Ministry of Environment and Water, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) and Sharjah Mega Mall. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
ADGAS celebrates Earth Hour posted on 28/03/2014
For the fourth year in a row, ADGAS is to celebrate Earth Hour, organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and honoured by thousands of organisations around the world, this weekend.
The company initiated several activities that started on March 23rd and will continue until the actual hour, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, March 29th, 2014.
The week-long campaign comes in line with the interest amongst the company's General Management and employees in the issue of environment conservation and climate change. It aims to contribute to global efforts to combat global warming and pollution caused by excessive use of energy.
ADGAS will mark the event by switching off all lights and electrical equipment for 60 minutes in its Headquarters and on Das Island, along with millions of people and businesses around the world.
ADGAS CEO, Fahim Kazim, issued a circular on this occasion, urging all employees to take part in this campaign by switching off all lights and electrical equipment in their houses. A giant light bulb was placed at the company's entrance to remind employees to participate in this worldwide event. Posters and t-shirts bearing the campaign's logo were handed out to employees, in addition to banners and signs distributed on the premises. The IT Division initiated a count-down on the ADGAS web portal, along with tips on how to reduce energy consumption.
Three short films were produced to spread awareness and uploaded on the campaign's website. In one of them, the ADGAS CEO stressed the significance of ADGAS's participation in this global initiative, stressing the priority of sparing our planet from environmentally harmful impact and urging our employees to switch off all electrical devices." To encourage employees and get them involved, ADGAS has recently handed out energy-saving bulbs to all employees, free of charge, to be used in their homes. Commenting on this move, Fouad Al Wahedi, Chairman of the ADGAS Sustainability Committee, said, "This is a positive and serious step to reduce our consumption, with this initiative we expect a reduction of energy used for lighting by 80 percent." "ADGAS's role in encouraging genuine involvement of its employees in this initiative was not limited to employees alone. It addressed their families and children at home," commented Ms. Ayesha Obaid, Manager of HR Strategy, Policy '&' Job Design, on the campaign.
ADGAS's Baynounah Club will organise several activities to involve children in the global event. In a planned dinner party, children will light candles in the shape of the Earth Hour logo and of ADGAS.
Meanwhile, the ADGAS HSE Committee called on all employees to demonstrate their support to the international campaign and to go beyond the hour to make it a permanent attitude to rationalise energy consumption. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Survey: 88% of UAE residents believe they have role to play in helping environment posted on 26/03/2014
As Earth Hour approaches, Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) set out to discover the UAE's awareness of the global environmental movement as well as the local call to switch to energy efficient lighting.
In a YouGov survey of 1,202 UAE residents, results show that 75% of respondents have heard of Earth Hour, with 60% of these people planning to participate in Earth Hour 2014. This figure has grown since last year, when only 54% planned to take part.
The survey found that 84% are either extremely likely or somewhat likely to switch to energy efficient lighting in an attempt to help the environment. This is an encouraging sign that can only help to reap long-term environmental benefits as the country continues taking strides towards sustainability.
Echoing the Earth Hour call to switch off lights for the hour, 55% said they turn off lights when not in use because they are conscious about the environment.
More than half of those surveyed (52%) rated the environment as a main issue of concern for them, while as many as 88% of the surveyed believe they have a role to play in helping the environment.
EWS-WWF is urging UAE residents to get involved and play their part in helping the environment by participating in Earth Hour. The environmental NGO is encouraging the UAE community to turn their lights out for one hour on March 29th at 8.30pm, and change their lights to energy efficient bulbs in a bid to do something good for the planet on Earth Hour. – Emirates News Agency, WAM