Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) on Thursday (January 19) outlined its key strategies and projects towards achieving the UAE’s renewable energy objectives including cutting dependence on fossil fuels, and reducing emissions.
The biggest challenge that governments will face in the future is meeting their growing energy needs, enhance energy security and sustainability and mitigating their environmental effects, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa.
He was giving a keynote speech in a session titled ‘Meeting the UAE’s Renewable Energy Targets’ at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 in the presence of Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy.
"The energy sector is a major element of our economic, environmental, and social development and in Dubai, we are diversifying to increase the share of clean energy in our energy mix," remarked Al Tayer.
"Recently, the clean and renewable energy sector has developed considerably, so we are preparing to bid farewell to the last drop of oil. We are making major technological advances in energy and making the most of solar power. We are also committed to the global environment by reducing our carbon footprint," he added.
Dewa said it has signed several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with international organisations to train its employees in Europe, and the US, to exchange expertise and learn about the latest international developments in energy, water, and environment, and enhance knowledge exchange with international organisations.
The utility firm also sent several of its engineers to international institutions to study renewable energy, remarked Al Tayer.
Dewa, said the top official, cooperates with the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the United Nations to research renewable and alternative energy, to reduce the carbon footprint and limit greenhouse gas emissions.
"We will continue to build more renewable and clean energy projects, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to make the country one of the best in the world and enhance sustainability and make it a global platform for innovation to benefit the Emiratis and expats to contribute to a brighter and more sustainable future for all," he added.