11 February 2020
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organised a training course for students participating in the Distinguished Conservation Team of the 14th Conservation Award. DEWA launched the award under the theme ‘Together for a Sustainable Future’. The award raises awareness among students on the rational use of resources, and celebrate the best practices in reducing electricity and water consumption, in addition to honouring the educational institutions for their efforts to reduce wastage levels.
The training was held in English and Arabic. The two-week training will bring together 320 students from kindergarten, primary and preparatory stages, and People of Determination education and training centres in the public and private sectors. The training aimed to introduce standards and tasks of the Distinguished Conservation Team, and the team’s role to spread conservation culture to apply best water and electricity conservation practices inside institutional organisations. The training helped to increase the participating’s chances of winning.
Through this two-weeks training, the students had a practical training on the toolkit that DEWA has recently launched on the award page on DEWA’s website. The training included three level interactive workshops: beginners, medium and advanced. Each level included a diverse group of interesting scientific experiences for all ages. They also include awareness tips and information about ways to reduce natural resources consumption.
“The Conservation Award plays an important role in instilling the conservation culture in next generations, and consolidate sustainability and responsible consumption. This protects the nation’s wealth and sustainability of natural resources. It also supports the long-term national initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, under the theme ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’. The award also supports the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, the Dubai Plan 2021, the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% in 2021. We strive to support the participants in the Conservation Award with all possible ways through organising training courses, workshops, and awareness lectures among others. This enables them to benefit from the available conservation tools and adopt conservation strategies as well as clear and applicable goals. This also helps them apply innovative initiatives that achieve excellent results in reducing electricity and water consumption,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA attaches great importance to students and youth as they are the future leaders and the cornerstone of the comprehensive sustainable development. They are also our ambassadors to promote conservation among their families and circles. They are the perfect ground to cultivate the seeds of conservation until it grows and thrives in the community. This expands the number of individuals and organisations that adopt positive behaviours and a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water consumption. This also supports our efforts to protect the environment, preserve natural resources and reduce the carbon footprint,” added Al Tayer.
The Conservation Award includes four categories: Distinguished Educational Institution in Conservation, Distinguished Conservation Leader, Distinguished Conservation Team, Distinguished Conservation Project who can win prizes amounting to AED 180,000. The award also includes AED 50,000 for participants in the Distinguished Conservation team from students, teachers in the public and private sectors. In its 13th edition, 459 educational institutions (public and private) have been targeted. Since its launch till now, the award has honoured 191 educational institutes in Dubai.
since the launch of the award and till its 13th version, DEWA has organised 1610 lectures, benefiting nearly 381,000 students. The savings achieved by educational establishments, students and faculty during this period amounted to 283GWh of electricity, and 1.7 billion gallons of water, contributing to the reduction of 152,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. These cumulative savings are equivalent to approximately AED 192 million. For more information and to sign up for the award, please visit http://www.dewa.gov.ae