DEWA opens registration for 11th Conservation Award

DUBAI,- The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened registration to receive nominations for the Conservation Award – For A Better Tomorrow 2017.

The awards will be handed out for the 11th time, in partnership with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), for educational institutions in Dubai that demonstrate best practices in reducing their use of electricity and water.

This supports DEWA’s efforts to meet the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which seeks to produce 75 per cent of its total power output from clean energy by 2050. The Award recognises the efforts of the educational sector to reduce electricity and water usage, and honours individual achievements, including from students, teachers and staff.

“In adherence to the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to achieve the sustainable, and comprehensive development of the Emirate, and to support Dubai Plan 2021 to transform Dubai into a smart, integrated, and connected city that uses its resources sustainably, and is capable of providing clean, healthy and sustainable environmental elements, DEWA plays a major role in promoting a culture of rational consumption in Dubai, and takes priority in organising community campaigns to make a positive change in how we use electricity and water,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“By the end of 2015, DEWA had launched 69 awareness campaigns, and had organised over 2,300 visits to educational, commercial, and industrial organisations to discuss reducing demand for electricity and water. This protects natural resources, enhances sustainability, and ensures a clean and healthy environment for us, and for generations to come,” he added.

“The Conservation Award, organised in cooperation with the KHDA and Dubai Educational Zone, has generated significant results over the last ten years. The Award has previously honoured 162 educational institutions and communicated the message of sustainability to over 273,000 students. The total savings achieved by the educational institutions, students and faculty members in electricity consumption since the inception of the Awards is 125 GW/h and 1,024 million gallons in water consumption. This contributed to reducing nearly 67,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, with financial savings of AED 90 million,” added Al Tayer.

“The Conservation Award contributed to significant savings in 2015, as the Facilities Management category achieved a 7 per cent reduction in electricity use and 20 per cent cut in water consumption. The Home Consumer segment saw a 10 per cent reduction in electricity use, and a 15 per cent cut in water consumption. The total electricity savings were 12 million kW/h and 102 million gallons of water. This contributed to the reduction of nearly 5,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, and financial savings of AED 10 million,” added Al Tayer.

The winners included 18 educational institutions comprising nurseries, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, universities, colleges, special needs centres, and adult education centres. The six best conservation teams from these categories, and three winners of the Home Consumers category, were also recognised.

Source: Emirates News Agency