As part of its social responsibility, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plays an integral role in supporting biodiversity and preserving the environment and terrestrial and marine habitats.
DEWA It continually launches environmental and awareness campaigns that aim to include all members of society in efforts to protect valuable natural resources, plant more trees and encourage the use of digital channels and green transportation. DEWA promotes the adoption of a responsible lifestyle by following sustainable practices. These include improving the efficiency of electricity and water consumption, limiting waste, reducing the consumption of plastic materials, and reusing and recycling plastic.
“We are working to consolidate the UAE’s leadership in climate action and biodiversity, as the UAE is one of the first countries in the region to pay close attention to environmental protection and address the consequences of climate change by adopting policies. greens and launching pioneering initiatives in this vital sector, in addition to taking measures to address the root causes of plastic pollution and promote the transition towards a circular economy. Our commitment to sustainability is an extension of the legacy of the late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and in support of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. , for smart investment in our natural wealth to create a sustainable future for generations to come. We are interested in achieving the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability, supporting Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050, and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. DEWA is committed to strengthening the UAE’s position in the indicators to achieve the global sustainable development goals and supporting its efforts to be one of the first countries in the world to achieve Net-Zero. This is especially important in the Year of Sustainability in the UAE under the theme “Today for Tomorrow”, during which the country hosted COP28 at Expo City Dubai. This also reflects the growing awareness of the correlation between the world’s climate and its biodiversity.”
saying HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
DEWADubai’s efforts have contributed to reducing net carbon dioxide emissions by 19% in 2022 compared to 2010.
“Climate change impacts food production and security. Technologies that help make existing methods more efficient and resilient, as well as technologies that provide novel ways to produce food sustainably, are urgently needed. Solutions that promote biodiversity so that ecosystems can function accordingly are increasingly important. “DEWA has shown great leadership in championing the cause at the Global Green Economy Summit 2023, bringing together experts from all fields to deliberate on viable strategies for policymakers and the public and private sectors.”
saying Carrie Chan, co-founder and CEO of Avant Meats.
Environmental awareness campaigns.
DEWA launches awareness campaigns throughout the year to share tips and guidelines on adopting a responsible and sustainable lifestyle among all segments of society. The campaigns include lectures, workshops, competitions and interactive shows featuring DEWA’s cartoon characters Noor and Hayat, representing electricity and water, to introduce children and the new generation to ways to preserve the environment.
DEWA It also organized four campaigns in 2023, in cooperation with the Emirates Marine Environmental Group, to clean the beach and plant mangroves in the Jebel Ali Marine Sanctuary. DEWA is aware of the importance of mangroves to preserve biodiversity, especially in the marine ecosystem. These campaigns support national goals of promoting the sustainability of mangrove forests by planting 100 million mangroves in the UAE by 2030.
The campaigns collect tons of algae and algae from the reserve’s shores that are used for scientific research to study marine environments. Seaweed is a valuable resource that can be used as organic fertilizers, reducing the use of artificial fertilizers. It can also be processed for biofuels and other applications.
The campaigns included the participation of hundreds of DEWA employees and their families, as well as employees of some of DEWA’s subsidiaries and students of the DEWA Academy. The campaigns contributed to improving water quality and marine habitat within the sanctuary, which is one of the most important sanctuaries in Dubai.
Through its smart life initiative, DEWA allows customers to effectively manage their electricity and water consumption. The initiative includes features such as the Smart Living panel, which allows customers to monitor their consumption and obtain annual, monthly and daily consumption reports. ‘My sustainable living program‘ allows customers to compare their consumption with that of equally efficient homes in their area and get personalized advice. The Self-Assessment tool includes a survey for customers to evaluate their consumption. After completing the assessment, customers receive a detailed report on their usage. DEWA also provides High Water Usage Alert to help customers detect leaks in water connections after the meter. The service sends instant notifications to customers if the smart meter system detects any unusual increase in consumption.
Machines for recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
In line with its vision of becoming a world-leading sustainable innovative corporation committed to achieving Net zero emissions by 2050, DEWA has provided smart machines to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans in some of its buildings. DEWA currently has two smart recycling machines at its headquarters and in the Warsan office. This initiative supports the circular economy model and its applications in its different divisions. Since the smart recycling machines were installed in October 2022 and until the end of October 2023, more than 570 employees have recycled more than 430,000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans, equivalent to 6,483 kg of plastic. Recycled materials made their way into T-shirts and other items, courtesy of a local company implementing sustainable manufacturing solutions.
DEWA supports Dubai’s progress to lead the future by reworking traditional concepts of work mechanisms to adapt to rapid global changes through Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA. DEWA uses the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies and provides all its services 24 hours a day through its website and smart application. DEWA provides advanced, high-quality digital services, and innovates channels that ensure the continuous improvement of its processes and procedures. By the end of October 2023, the adoption of DEWA smart services had reached 99.20% and DEWA customers had made more than 11 million digital transactions.
News source: Dubai Press Office