Dubai aims to provide 7 per cent of its energy needs from clean energy sources by 2020. This target will increase to 25 per cent by 2030, and to 75 per cent by 2050.
At the 41st meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Council held under the stewardship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the issues of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, as well as other current projects and initiatives were discussed.
“We discussed the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which shapes the energy sector in Dubai over the next three decades. Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) to launch such a promising strategy, with specific targets and deadlines that outline the future of energy in Dubai, until 2050,” said Al Tayer.
“We also discussed Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy, which aims to develop an effective framework in reducing carbon emissions in Dubai in support of the Dubai Plan 2021. Dubai Government departments implement a host of green initiatives and programme to reduce carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2020. We addressed the positive results borne from limiting greenhouse gas emissions during 2015. Dubai managed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 5 million tonnes, equivalent to a 9 per cent reduction, exceeding the 7 per cent target for 2015,” added Al Tayer.
Dubai Municipality highlighted its plans for treating waste through several key projects. These include converting methane gas emitted from landfills into energy, recovering waste water gas and transforming it into energy, burning solid waste to produce energy, in addition to other sustainability projects.
Dewa highlighted its cooperation with the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Clean Coal Centre, as a sponsor. Dewa will have access to the centre’s expertise, which includes consultancy services, study reports, analysis, workshops, conferences, and databases.
Also present at the meeting were Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Energy, Abdullah bin Kalban, CEO and managing director of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (Enoc), Abdullah Abdul Kareem, director general of the Department of Oil Affairs, Waleed Salman, vice chairman of the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee, and Fred Chemin, head of Production Development at the Dubai Petroleum Establishment.