23 March 2020
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is observing Earth Hour, the global environmental event, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. This is in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Emirates Nature in association with World Wide Fund for Nature.
DEWA has asked its customers and the community to show their support for Planet Earth by turning off unnecessary lights and electric appliances from 8:30 to 9:30pm on Saturday, 28 March 2020. Dubai’s prominent landmarks and several public and private buildings will take part in this global environmental initiative by turning off the lights during this hour. Earth Hour is organised this year with the theme ‘Raise your voice for nature.’
“Thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, the Emirate has become a role model of support for all environmental causes and global efforts to tackle global warming. Dubai was the first Arab city to observe Earth Hour in 2008, which underlines its leading role in hosting and supporting events and initiatives that raise public awareness on environment issues. We urge customers and all society to take part in Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change and global warming, as well as promotes a culture of conservation and protecting natural resources as part of the daily routine,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“Earth Hour goes beyond turning off unnecessary lights and appliances for 60 minutes. The ultimate goal is to raise environmental responsibility among society and organisations, and pledge to protect Planet Earth and its limited natural resources. This is done by adopting a sustainable lifestyle and emphasising the importance of unifying efforts and joint work to face environmental challenges for a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.
Dubai has achieved important results in reducing electricity consumption in Earth Hour 2019. DEWA recorded savings of 267 megawatts (MW) in electricity use in the Emirate, equivalent to a reduction of 114 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The public can pledge to protect Planet Earth and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming and climate change on DEWA’s website http://www.dewa.gov.ae and on social media using the hashtags #EarthHourDubai, #Connect2Earth and #raise_your_voice