DEWA & USGBC could cooperate on promoting sustainability

DEWA’s projects are aligned with the UAE National Agenda, UAE Vision 2021 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has held discussions with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to boost cooperation on climate change, innovation, renewable energy and sustainability.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA presented the authority’s various renewable and sustainable projects to Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the USGBC and Green Business Certification.

DEWA’s clean and renewable energy initiatives, which are also designed to enhance Dubai’s electricity and water infrastructure, were also discussed. Emphasis was placed on strategic projects such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is poised to become the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

During the meeting, Al Tayer talked about DEWA’s sustainable building, which is the first such government building in the UAE and is said to be the largest government building in the world to receive a Platinum Rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Al Tayer also noted that DEWA is keen to achieve the objectives of the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water use by 30% by 2030. DEWA’s establishment of Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO) has bolstered investment opportunities in Dubai’s retrofit market, with work underway to retrofit 30,000 existing buildings across Dubai.

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