DUBAI, October 31, 2021 (WAM) – Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), stressed that Dubai has an ambitious plan for the next 30 years to reach zero carbon emissions and achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
Al Tayer made the remarks in his opening speech at World Cities Day, which was hosted by UN Habitat, the Dubai Executive Council and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on the theme âBetter city, better lifeâ, at Expo 2020 Dubai. It was part of Urban and Rural Development Week, which brings together leaders, experts and scholars to discuss the challenge that the world’s existing cities and communities face and explore how to transform the way we move, build, let’s consume and live in the habitats of the future. World Cities Day touched on many topics, including adapting to climate change and improving the resilience of cities, especially after recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. A large number of local and international officials, CEOs, experts and scientists took part in the event.
“Under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, We Turn Challenges into Promising Opportunities During Expo 2020 in Dubai, the UAE announced a strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by here 2050, making the United Arab Emirates the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to do so by intensifying the nation’s efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth with a direct positive impact on GDP, in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to promote the transformation of Dubai to a carbon neutral economy by 2050, the Supreme Council of Energy gie of Dubai, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, approved an in-depth study on how the Emirate of Dubai can achieve carbon neutrality (Net Zero Emissions) by 2050 through a strategy and a sheet clear road to transform Dubai into a center of excellence in new technologies essential to achieve zero carbon emissions and achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. Dubai has an ambitious plan for the next thirty years. Programs and mechanisms have been developed for the next period. It includes the energy and water, transport, industry, buildings and waste sectors. The plan also includes all the necessary catalysts, regulations and R&D, âsaid Al Tayer.
“The ’50 Projects’ initiative launched by our wise leaders aims to diversify and strengthen the economy of the United Arab Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commended the public and private sectors for their strong response to the challenges -scale presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. UAE presented a global model for dealing with crises and overcoming challenges. They have achieved significant achievements through their flexibility and efficiency, showcasing best practices that will bring fundamental positive changes to our planet.Despite the pandemic, we have maintained business continuity by implementing our sustainable projects and initiatives, as well as mitigating climate change by balancing economic development and preserving an environment clean, healthy, safe and sustainable, âadded Al Tayer.
“Cities around the world are increasingly suffering from the effects of climate and other challenges, such as floods, droughts, sea level rise, heat waves, landslides and storms. . In the United Arab Emirates, we have clear strategies and plans to tackle climate change and tackle its global impact. Promoting a climate resilient economy to deal with climate change is a prerequisite for the United Arab Emirates and Dubai are effecting this transformation. The Government of Dubai is working closely with organizations addressing climate change and its impact, and has also put in place mitigation measures and adaptation plans for the emirate. one of these plans is the Dubai Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Our plans are well aligned with this strategy based on our resilience to change plan. t climate to realistically assess and forecast climate change. The plan identifies existing mitigation measures, preventive controls, and measures to ensure resilience in the future, as well as to address the impact of various factors of climate change. has carried out pioneering projects to diversify its clean energy mix. These include all available clean and renewable energy sources and technologies such as solar photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar energy (CSP), green hydrogen production using solar energy, pumped storage water technology, power generation from wind power, as well as peaceful nuclear power, “he added.
Al Tayer said that in 2019, Dubai once again proved its commitment and efforts to ensure the sustainability of the city, through the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), by achieving a platinum rating in the framework for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for cities. by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Dubai is the first city in the Arab world, the Middle East and North Africa to achieve this certification. Last September, Dubai was ranked world first for its resilience and recognized as a model of sustainability by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The award is given to the world’s best cities for the effectiveness of measures that improve resilience and reduce risk. Dubai has joined the global climate leadership group C40 Cities, part of an elite group of cities around the world committed to tackling climate change. It is a recognition of the advanced role of the city in the protection of the environment. Dubai has also achieved significant reductions in carbon emissions. Dubai’s net CO2 emissions fell 22% in 2019, two years ahead of the 2021 Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy target of reducing carbon emissions by 16% by 2021. The Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030, which counts 11 programs, achieved significant results. results between 2011 and 2020. In 2020, annual electricity consumption per capita decreased by 23% and water consumption by 21% compared to 2010. The total savings were 25 TWh of electricity and 40 billion imperial gallons of desalinated water, equivalent to a reduction of 11.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the same period.
Al Tayer said Dubai continues to roll out phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar park. It is based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model and has an expected capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030. We have also commissioned the Green Hydrogen project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai. “We are also developing an ambitious green hydrogen production strategy to increase its uses in all suitable applications in the short, medium and long term until 2050.”
Dubai takes a unique approach to its evolution towards a smart city that always seeks to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. We aim to build a city where advanced technology plays a major role in providing smart services that provide a better quality of life for all. We are working to achieve the goals of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in March 2021, which sets out an integrated roadmap for sustainable urban development to make Dubai the best place to be. live in the world. This is why Dubai has been a pioneer in developing partnership platforms to showcase the best global experiences in green economy and technology, and identify the best investment and trade opportunities. DEWA and the Green Economy Organization organized the 7th World Green Economy Summit under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the theme âGalvanizing action for a sustainable recoveryâ during the first week of the ‘Expo 2020 Dubai.
âI thank UN Habitat, the Dubai Executive Board and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. I am sure that this event will significantly showcase ambitious initiatives, diverse solutions and best practices for a green and resilient urban recovery in the Middle East. in the East, in Africa and in the world, âconcluded Al Tayer.