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Al Tayer with Ramanujam at the meeting.

Dewa, US Green Building Council in co-operation talks

DUBAI, February 19, 2018

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it held key discussions with US Green Building Council (USGBC) to help boost the duo's co-operation in innovation, renewable energy, climate change and sustainability.

During the meeting with Mahesh Ramanujam, the CEO of the USGBC, and Green Business Certification, Dewa managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer presented the utility’s renewable and clean energy and sustainability projects that are aligned to the UAE National Agenda, the UAE Vision 2021, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Al Tayer discussed Dewa’s ambitious initiatives in clean and renewable energy, which enhance Dubai's electricity and water infrastructure, according to the highest international standards.

He also highlighted its strategic projects, especially the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, with a total planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030 at a total investment of Dh50 billion.

During the meeting, Al Tayer also talked about Dewa’s sustainable building, the first such government building in the UAE and 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 saves 66 per cent in energy consumption and has a solar power plant with a capacity of 660 kilowatts (kW). It also reduces water consumption by 48 per cent. Dewa is also working on its new building, called Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), which will be the tallest, largest, and smartest Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world.

Al Tayer explained the green buildings standards to improve energy efficiency and sustainability. Dewa seeks to achieve the objectives of the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water use by 30 per cent by 2030.

Dewa’s establishment of Etihad Energy Services (Etihad Esco) has enhanced investment opportunities in the retrofit market in Dubai. Work is underway to retrofit 30,000 existing buildings across Dubai.

Ramanujam commended Dewa’s efforts and initiatives, in promoting sustainability and green economy, in the UAE.-TradeArabia News Service

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