WETEX 2018

DEW signs MoU with Green Business Certification Inc

Dubai, UAE, 13 May 2018: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an independent organisation that recognises excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, working in 160 countries. According to the MoU, the two organisations collaborate in research & development, training, and promoting green buildings by applying the Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the MoU, GBCI will be support the Dubai Solar Show 2018 as a sponsor. DEWA organises the solar show in conjunction with the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) from 23 to 25 October 2018.

The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA, and Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of USGBC and GBCI.

The signing ceremony was attended by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Excellence; Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President of Water & Civil; and Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Government Communications at DEWA. Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO) also took part.

The MoU supports DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30% by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.

“The MoU with GBCI is part of our efforts to promote cooperation with international organisations and work together to establish the foundations of environmental sustainability. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050, and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer noted that DEWA has established Etihad ESCO to help retrofit around 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai.  This requires total investments of AED 30 billion and is expected to achieve financial savings of AED 82 billion, with expected savings of AED 52 billion.

DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz is the largest government building in the world to receive a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The building uses 66% less energy and 48% less water and features an on-site 660 kilowatt (kW) solar power plant. DEWA is also building its new headquarters, named Al-Shera’a, which is Arabic for ‘sail.’ The new building will be the tallest, largest, and smartest Zero Energy Building in the world. It will be a sustainability landmark, not just in Dubai or the UAE, but around the world. 

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