Сommercial sector saves 1.3 TWh of electricity and 2.5 billion gallons of water in Dubai

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), thanked customers in various sectors who are contributing to protecting the environment and natural resources by using electricity and water wisely. DEWA’s conservation programmes between 2012 and 2021 resulted in a combined savings of 2.2 terawatt hours of electricity and 5.6 million imperial gallons of water among target customers. This equates to savings of AED 1.2 billion and a reduction of 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“DEWA is adopting a comprehensive strategy to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and involve all customers and members of the public in protecting the environment and natural resources. Each year in Dubai we launch several initiatives, programmes and awards aimed at promoting responsible lifestyles in electricity and water consumption. These include innovative programmes and activities targeting all customer segments to support a demand-side management strategy that aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30% by 2030,” said Al Tayer.

Between 2012 and 2021, savings in the commercial sector of Dubai were 1.3 TWh of electricity (11%) and 2.5 billion gallons of water (19%). Government and semi-government organisations achieved savings of 355 GWh of electricity (11%) and 957 million gallons of water (21%). Educational institutions achieved savings of 366 GWh of electricity (14%) and 1.4 billion gallons of water (21%). The industrial sector saved 131 GWh of electricity (13%) and 200 million gallons of water (29%). The residential sector achieved savings of 72 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity (15%) and 583 million gallons of water (25%).

These savings are equivalent to an annual electricity consumption of about 211,000 flats and an annual water consumption of 120,000 flats. It contributed to a reduction of 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to planting 1.24 million trees and consuming 137 million LED bulbs, and the water savings in Dubai were equivalent to filling 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.

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