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Lighting to help Dubai achieve 10% energy savings

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy targets 8-10% savings in energy demand by 2020

Energy-efficient streetlighting is one of the measures instigated by The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy as it targets 8-10% savings in energy demand by 2020.

“The Executive Committee of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is committed to enabling Dubai to achieve the lowest carbon footprint in the world,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

“The Demand Side Management Strategy is the first of its kind in the region. It provides new job opportunities for different energy service companies, and other businesses interested in sustainability and efficiency.

“The strategy has nine programmes to manage energy demand. These include green building regulations, retrofitting existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, laws and standards to raise efficiency, energy-efficient street-lighting, and the Shams Dubai initiative to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings,” said Al Tayer.

Data are being collected from 100 buildings in Dubai to analyse the use of electricity and water and to formulate a roadmap for energy use in Dubai.

“We also discussed the progress of innovative policy development to speed up the process of the Demand Side Management Strategy,” said Al Tayer. “We agreed to form The Green Purchase Committee during the first quarter of 2016 as well. The initiative will organise the purchasing processes for products related to electricity and water for all member companies of the Supreme Council of Energy,” he explained.

The Demand Side Management Strategy was launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in June 2013. The Executive Committee of the Council is responsible for implementing it and supporting its member companies.

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