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‘Taqati’ launched to reduce water, energy demand
BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA June 01, 2016
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DUBAI: Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has launched the Demand Side Management (DSM), a programme meant to see the actualisation of reduction of energy and water demand in Dubai by 30 per cent by 2030.

The ceremony which clearly cut out roles for different bodies to execute the goal, took place at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel in Dubai on May 31.

It was attended by the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi; the Vice Chairman of the DSCE, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer; the Director general of Dubai municipality, Hussein Lootah; the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer among other dignitaries.

The Vice Chairman of DSCE who is also the Managing Director of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Al Tayer said that Dubai “is addressing energy security issues, rationalising consumption and enhancing energy efficiency as priorities for sustainable development.”

He said the move is directly contributing to the achievement of the UAE Vision 2021, that is transforming the country into one of the best in the world by 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021, that is turning it into a “smart, integrated, and connected city that sustainably manages its resources in a healthy and sustainable environment.”

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Sheikh Ahmed ushered the name of the DSM Programme Manager Demand Efficiency programme, called Taqati, which stands on nine components: building regulations, building retrofits (30,000 buildings require retro-fitting to make them energy-efficient); district cooling, standards and labels for appliances and equipment, water reuse and efficient irrigation.

Others are: outdoor lighting, demand response, and the Shams Dubai initiative to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings.

According to Al Tayer the DSM programme will be managed and supervised by Etihad ESCO within the framework of the DSCE.

The entities that will execute the roles include the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) which has “already implemented standards and labels across a range of products and appliances to encourage the adoption of highly-efficient appliances in the Emirate”; the Dubai Municipality for building regulation, lighting measures and irrigation technologies; the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for outdoor lighting; Dewa for energy tariffs among others.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to diversify Dubai’s energy mix and increase the employment of clean energy sources to 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.
 

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