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Dubai's District Cooling Firms Set to Reduce Power, Water Charges

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has asked all district cooling companies to reduce the fuel surcharge for electricity from 6.5 to 5 fils for kilowatt hour and for water from 0.6 to 0.4 fils for imperial gallon, and to fully implement this reduction in their customers' bills and to take the necessary measures in this regard.


The move comes following the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix.


Lauding the move, the Council Vice Chairman Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said the decision supports its Demand Side Management Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce demand for electricity and water by 30 per cent over the next decade.


"District cooling supports the objectives of the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions, which achieved great success in 2019," said Al Tayer.


"More than 14 million tonnes of emissions were reduced last year, a 22 per cent reduction compared to business as usual. Results achieved exceeded the targets set in the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2021," he added.


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