25 July 2018
the Business Intelligence Group awarded Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) with the “Sustainability Initiative of the Year”, in the 2018 Sustainability Awards program. The Sustainability Awards honor those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes submitted nominations to reward team members and gain exposure for the organization, its initiatives, and the exemplary accomplishments of its leaders as they work to reduce their impact on their environment.
DEWA won this prestigious international award for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability and transform the United Arab Emirates and Dubai into a global centre for clean energy and green economy.
DEWA’s strategies and initiatives are aligned with government plans and strategies, including the UAE Centennial 2071, which is a long-term government plan to prepare the UAE and young Emiratis for the future; the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to strengthen the UAE's position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the UAE Vision 2021; the Dubai Plan 2021; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050; and other plans that support the transition to a sustainable green economy in Dubai and the UAE.
“The UAE and Dubai have become a leading example of sustainable development, thanks to the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We strive to build a global model based on environmental sustainability and clean energy,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA supports this strategy by developing leading clean and renewable energy projects, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar park in the world. It will produce 5,000MW by 2030, with a total investment of $13.6 billion. When completed, it will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year,” added Al Tayer.
“Sustainability has become integral to so many, but these nominees delivered on their individual promises and corporate goals,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “We are so proud to reward and recognize all of our winners and finalists, as they provide the leadership and vision needed to protect our environment.”
“We are proud to reward and recognize DEWA for their sustainability efforts,” said Maria Jimenez. “It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world. Congratulations!”