DEWA and Expo 2020 Dubai: partners for a cleaner future
Expo 2020 Dubai has placed sustainability at the forefront of its ambitions and has formed an exciting new partnership with DEWA to ensure it ‘walks the walk’ as well as ‘talks the talk’ during our nation’s six-month celebration of ingenuity from October 2020.
Half the energy used by Expo 2020 Dubai will come from renewable sources.
It is looking to DEWA, its new Official Sustainable Energy Partner, to help it achieve this.
This includes building a smart grid that would become the first network in the world to provide the entire value chain of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to the Expo.
The partnership in numbers
• DEWA’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide Expo 2020 Dubai with a dedicated capacity of 400 megawatts of electricity.
• DEWA is also building three 132/11kilovolt (kV) substations, called Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – named after Expo’s three subthemes - with 45 kilometres (km) of high-voltage (132kV) cables.
• DEWA is investing AED 420 million in electricity projects to support Expo 2020 Dubai.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, said the agreement with Expo 2020 Dubai was important as it supported the UAE’s strategy to increase the use of clean energy.
“We are working according to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which is explained in the Dubai Plan 2021,” said His Excellency.
“This will result in Dubai having the lowest carbon footprint in the world, and advance the Emirate’s position as a smart, competitive, integrated and interconnected city, with a high-tech infrastructure to boost our social and economic development, and be counted among the world’s best.
“We are committed to driving sustainability, which is a major pillar for Expo 2020 Dubai. DEWA has dedicated a large part of its budget for its clean energy projects to align to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to generate seven percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25 percent by 2030, and 75 percent by 2050.”