UAE Capital unveils energy efficiency strategy

energyThe Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has unveiled a strategy to reduce electricity consumption by 22 per cent and water consumption by 32 per cent by 2030

The Abu Dhabi Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalisation Strategy (DSM) 2030 was revealed by the DoE and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council on the sidelines of the 24th World Energy Congress.

The strategy addresses supply and demand issues through a nine-programme multi-stakeholder approach.

The nine core DSM programmes include Building Retrofits, Demand Response, Efficient Water Use/Re-use, Building Regulations, Street Lighting, District Cooling, Standards & Labels, Energy Storage, and Rebates and Awareness.

As energy demand for Abu Dhabi is projected to increase steadily over the next decade and consumption rates are projected to increase by 1.4 per cent each year until 2035, energy efficiency and rationalisation are vital solutions to energy and climate change concerns.

In the context of Abu Dhabi, a rising population and growing economy have been the major factors driving the increase in peak power demand, which increased by an average of 8.3 per cent per year between 2007 and 2017.

The growth in demand has largely come from a range of industrial and business sector activities and increased exports to the smaller Northern Emirates.

Awaidha Al Marar, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, said, “Launching the Abu Dhabi DSM Strategy 2030 during the 24th World Energy Congress is a great opportunity to showcase the emirate’s continuous efforts to lead the transition towards a secure, reliable and sustainable energy system in line with Abu Dhabi Vision and the UAE national agenda to support UN Sustainable Development Goals and accelerate the Paris Agreement climate change objectives.”

Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of the DPM, added, “This system provides building design ratings, construction and operation ratings to assess the overall completion of buildings, villas and communities. So far this initiative has already helped save 45 per cent of water and 55 per cent of energy consumption.”

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