Dewa chief discusses Dubai's clean energy ambitions at government summit

DUBAI // Dubai has installed 100 electric vehicle chargers so far, the chief executive of the emirate’s Electricity and Water Authority. Saeed Al Tayer said the authority had plans to promote electric cars, starting with the Government before moving on to the private sector. “The market is there,” he told the summit yesterday. “But we […]

DUBAI // Dubai has installed 100 electric vehicle chargers so far, the chief executive of the emirate’s Electricity and Water Authority.

Saeed Al Tayer said the authority had plans to promote electric cars, starting with the Government before moving on to the private sector.

“The market is there,” he told the summit yesterday. “But we need to do a big promotion …”

Mr Al Tayer said the fuel cost was significantly cheaper for each vehicle compared to conventional cars.

“Economically, it is very feasible,” he said. “Environmentally, it is also a big benefit in terms of CO2 levels. I think we need to raise the bar, we need to change the mindset of people but it requires some time.”

Dewa is displaying models of its major projects, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Delegates can also see samples of photovoltaic solar panels Dewa is displaying at Madinat Jumeirah.

“The solar park will produce 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030, with a total investment of Dh50 billion,” Mr Al Tayer said. “It will help achieve a reduction of approximately 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, which supports Dubai Government’s green initiatives and programmes.”

Dewa also promoted its Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic panels on rooftops. The emirate aims to have solar panels on the roofs of all buildings by 2030.

“We are honoured to be the Sustainable Energy Partner of the summit,” Mr Al Tayer said. “Discussing sustainable energy at this year’s summit reflects the importance the UAE has attached to this topic.

“The UAE’s green vision recognises that renewable energy contributes to achieving a balance between development and environment to ensure a clean, healthy and safe environment for generations to come.”

He also commented on the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.

“At the World Government Summit, we will exchange knowledge and experiences with experts from all over the world, as well as share our best practices with the world,” Mr Al Tayer said.

cmalek@thenational.ae

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