DEWA observes World Energy Day on 22 October
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is celebrating World Energy Day on 22 October 2014. Announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, World Energy Day was endorsed by 54 countries as well as representatives of the United Nations, Arab League and the African Union, through the Dubai Declaration, on 22 October 2012. The day was approved as World Energy Day to remind the world about the importance of energy, its role in our lives, and its positive impact in all aspects of social and economic development as well as the welfare of people.
DEWA will mark World Energy Day with various activities and programmes to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation, rational use, and using sustainable energy to enhance development. DEWA will organise a number of interactive workshops for its stakeholders and partners at the DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Qouz, The initiative aims to highlight the importance of providing safe, reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy for everyone. It will also emphasise the need to develop national energy policies with global perspectives in sustainability which address current and future challenges that face the energy sector.
World Energy Day activities are organised for the second year, building on the success it achieved last year. The objectives of World Energy Day include developing mechanisms and frameworks, and exchanging experiences among countries across the world to achieve the common good of mankind. It also aims to promote responsible and rational use of fossil fuels in the global economy and encourage transition towards safe and appropriate transition towards renewable energy resources.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved World Energy Day to support the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world in all sectors, including energy and sustainability, by 2021,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA’s activities will mark World Energy Day as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation and rational use, and the direction towards sustainable energy. The Day’s initiatives cover many aspects including sustainability, conservation, climate change, carbon emission reduction, and environmental protection, which form the basis of World Energy Day,” added Al Tayer.
“DEWA is committed to its vision to become a sustainable world class utility and. We support collaboration with our partners as a main factor of our successes. We encourage organising such events which ensure a deep vision and fresh prospective to stakeholders about the latest developments in renewable energy,” concluded Al Tayer.
World Energy Day aims to support the policies that increase energy efficiency across various sectors. This includes increasing efficiency of transportation networks, industrial processes, buildings, and the electricity grid. It also aims to increase energy efficiency and sustainability in urban and regional planning. DEWA has been supporting the sustainable development of Dubai through initiatives and projects that support the energy infrastructure of the Emirate, works to lower electricity and water consumption below world averages. DEWA is committed to developing rationalisation as a culture by launching awareness programmes and initiatives that promote conserving electricity and water, and how to preserve natural resources.