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UAE will launch a national water and energy protection plan

Seetao 2021.08.09
  • The UAE’s plan will include three pillars: energy, water and consumption rationalization

The UAE has launched a national water and energy demand management plan aimed at promoting conservation. The Federal Cabinet approved a 40% increase in the efficiency of the three most energy-intensive sectors. The plan was launched in collaboration with strategic partners and stakeholders from federal and local governments and the private sector.

The goal of the plan is to increase the efficiency of the UAE’s three most energy-intensive sectors by 40%: transportation, industry and construction. It will adopt the best international standards in the UAE's largest water and energy efficiency drive. By 2050, a number of initiatives will be launched to reduce energy consumption and achieve a series of goals. The goal is to reduce energy demand by 40%; increase the contribution of renewable energy in the energy structure to 50%, and increase water reuse by 95%.

The UAE is one of the first countries in the world to use artificial intelligence (AI) to formulate future plans for the oil and water industry in the next 50 years, as well as manage demand and rationalize consumption. "We have embarked on a journey to shape the future and manage energy and water demand," said Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Our goal is to improve the performance of the two sectors, and promote cooperation between local and federal authorities and the private sector, by launching a national rationalization campaign to find advanced solutions to reduce energy and water consumption in the target sectors." He explained, A plan to establish a national plan and movement has been drafted in collaboration with strategic partners to further support continued efforts to create a better future for the UAE.

"This is in addition to national efforts aimed at protecting water resources, raising public awareness, rational consumption and developing related solutions using advanced technologies," said Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mheiri, Ministry of State for Food Security. The goal of Dubai's clean energy strategy is that by 2050, 75% of its energy demand will come from clean energy. The strategy also aims to make Dubai a global center for clean energy and a green economy.

It consists of five main pillars: infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacity and skills, and an environmentally friendly energy mix. Dubai's 2030 demand-side management strategy aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30% by 2030. According to the Supreme Energy Council of Dubai (DSCE), Dubai has achieved 11.8% electricity savings and 7.9% water savings in 2020. The power savings indicate that 5.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity and 9.9 billion imperial gallons of water can be saved, which is equivalent to reducing 11.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions or 1.2 million vehicles on Dubai’s roads in two years.

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The Abu Dhabi Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy (DSM) 2030 aims to reduce electricity consumption by 22% and water consumption by 32% by 2030. The plan combines all federal and local stakeholders in the UAE to achieve the goals of the UAE’s 2050 Energy Strategy and the UAE’s Water Security Strategy 2036, and ensure the security of supply in the energy and water sectors through long-term, mid-term and short-term plans that directly affect the UAE. Editor/XuNing

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