Thursday 19, November 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has headed the 37th meeting of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, at its headquarters.

HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy attended the meeting, with members of the Council including Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Abdullah Abdul Kareem, Director General of the Department of Oil Affairs, Salim Bin Mesmar Assistant Director-General for the Environment, Health and Safety sector at Dubai Municipality, Waleed Salman, Vice President of the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee, Nasser Hamad Bu Shehab, Director of RTA Strategic Planning Department, Keiron Ferguson, General Manager of Dubai Supply Authority, and Frederic Chemin, General Manager of Dubai Petroleum Establishment.

“We are working to achieve our wise government’s directives, the UAE National Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated and connected city that is sustainable with its resources, improves living standards, and enhances Dubai’s position as an international model in green economy. This is why the Supreme Council of Energy reviewed the latest updates about its demand side management strategy, a part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, and discussed the Dubai Green Transport initiative to encourage the use of sustainable transportation, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, to decrease Dubai’s total carbon emissions by 19%. Transportation is the main reason behind carbon emissions. We will cooperate with government organisations, especially ones that use large fleets of cars, to encourage them to use hybrids and electric cars over the coming years,” said Al Tayer.

“We also discussed the Green Purchase initiative that was launched as part of the demand side management strategy, for the Council’s member companies to purchase products that reduce electricity and water use. This will help to reduce consumption and carbon emissions in Dubai, and save energy in the long-term. The demand side management strategy comprises of eight major programmes including green building system specifications, retrofitting of buildings and district cooling, and raising standards of efficiency of appliances, equipment and lighting,” added Al Tayer.

“During the meeting, we discussed the latest updates from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Majlis, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to offer citizens, residents and supporters of Dubai around the world the opportunity to suggest innovative ideas and comments, that will contribute to making Dubai the smartest and fastest-developing city in the world. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has received over 157 innovative ideas about energy, especially renewable energy, since the launch of the initiative,” said Al Muhairbi.

After the meeting, Al Muhairbi and Chris Garton, SVP Operations at Dubai Airports, signed an MoU to enhance cooperation and the exchange of information and experience between both parties, and to develop energy reports to achieve Dubai Airports’ goal to decrease energy demand by 20% by 2021. The signing was witnessed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

Garton expressed his happiness about the signed agreement, which will enhance cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. He also observed that this partnership supports the Dubai Strategy 2030, to make Dubai a sustainable economy for future generations.

Masoud Taher, Vice President of Engineering Services at Dubai Airports, and the supervisor of the energy programme, noted that Dubai Airports is one of the largest consumers of energy in Dubai, and that this agreement will support cooperation to achieve this goal.

Meanwhile, under the patronage of HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy in the UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy was awarded a gold trophy by the Pan Arab Excellence Awards Academy, for its special achievements since 2009, implementing policies and governance for the energy sector in Dubai. Al Muhairbi received the award on behalf of Al Tayer at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.