26 July 2019
In recognition of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) ongoing efforts towards energy efficiency, DEWA’s Head Office received the Global Energy Management Insight Award 2019 from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level global forum to promote policies and programmes that advance the use of clean energy sources. This award is part of the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards programme, which is managed by CEM’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which includes representatives from many countries around the world. DEWA presented a high-quality case study that explained its experience in developing an energy management system for its headquarters certified to the global ISO 50001:2011 standards. DEWA saved over 877 Gigajoules (GJ) of energy, equivalent to 243,850 kilowatt-hours (kWh), reducing over 105 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission in 2017 compared to 2014.
“At DEWA, we work to achieve the vision of our wise leadership to consolidate sustainability, which is the basis for the transformation towards a green economy. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy and the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world; the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water use by 30% by 2030; and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“We are pleased that DEWA’s headquarters received this prestigious certification in energy management. We always strive to one of the leading government entities in Dubai and the UAE in sustainability, protecting the environment and preserving natural resources. This is done by rationalising energy consumption and enhancing the efficiency of its use, supporting the UAE Vision 2021, the Dubai Plan 2021, and DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation,” added Al Tayer.
Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Excellence at DEWA, emphasised that the support provided by DEWA’s top management plays a key role in the success of implementing energy management system mechanisms in DEWA’s various operations. He noted that retrofitting DEWA’s headquarters to improve its energy management included replacing air-cooled chillers with high efficiency water-cooled chillers and installing energy-saving lighting systems. DEWA also organised several training and awareness session to staff to inform them about the importance of energy and water conservation.
Last year, DEWA received the ISO 50001 for its energy management system at its headquarters, which helped integrate energy efficiency into its management practices by adopting an integrated approach for continuous improvement in DEWA’s buildings as well as increase awareness about good practices in energy management. DEWA’s headquarters was awarded the ISO certification 50001 based on the audit conducted by the Bureau Veritas, one of the world's leading and specialised organisations in this field. DEWA intends to implement the system at its operations and buildings.
A case study illustrating DEWA’s experience in developing the energy management system can be found at http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/CEM_EM_CaseStudy_DEWA_UAE.pdf