Supreme Council of Energy 68th meeting was held online

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, chaired the 68th meeting of the Council, which was held online. H.H. Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, attended the meeting.

H.E. Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai High Energy Council, was also present along with council members H.E. Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality; H.E. Abdullah Bin Kalban, Managing Director of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Juan-Pablo Freyle, CEO of Dubai Petroleum; and Nasser Abu Shehab, CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.

A number of topics were discussed at the meeting, including the successful launch of the DEWA-SAT 1 satellite, which is part of the DEWA Space-D programme that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched in January 2021. DEWA is the world’s first utility to use satellites in its operations.

The Supreme Council for Energy has reviewed mechanisms and programmes implemented by sister bodies under the Council’s auspices in electricity and water generation, industry, waste management and land transport to reduce carbon emissions. This resulted in significant emission reductions in 2019 and 2020.

The Council approved updated plans and targets to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by the end of 2030 to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The meeting also discussed the implementation phase of Regulation No 6 of 2021, issued by the Dubai Executive Council to regulate district cooling services in Dubai. The council approved a regulatory framework for cooling service providers and customers to ensure efficiency in permitting and billing.

“In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the share of clean and renewable energy sources and for Dubai to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, the meeting reviewed plans and a road map for implementing the strategy using the latest technology. The council has begun assessing carbon dioxide emissions for the next 10 years in collaboration with the relevant organisations in Dubai to develop the necessary measures to reduce emissions. A roadmap will then be developed setting out the path towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Al Thayer.

“We have reviewed the participants of the fourth edition of the Emirates Energy Award, which highlights the best existing practices in clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainability in the region,” said Al Muhairbi.

The winners of the 4th Emirates Energy Award will be announced in October 2022.

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