The UAE has taken the initiative to reduce its environmental footprint across industries thereby actively contributing to a green economy and supporting innovation.
Pushing a low carbon and resource efficient model that improves well-being is one of Dubai’s current priorities to become a role model in sustainable development. With the objective of being at the forefront of the green revolution, the Dubai integrated Energy strategy 2030 was developed to its energy consumption by 30% by 2030 and diversify its energy sources across solar, wind and nuclear, geothermal, waste to energy and clean coal to meet the predicted national annual peak demand of more than 40,000 MW by 2020.
Industry sources indicate that renewable energy projects are increasingly becoming cost competitive and therefore possibly even the cheapest source of new power supply. Based on current incremental energy prices, the UAE can achieve a minimum of 10% use of renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030 (and 25% in its power generation mix) with estimated net savings for the economy of USD 1.9 billion annually. The country’s pioneering push into renewables – based on longer-term, goals like economic diversification, sustainability, health and environmental benefits and increased job creation is almost a reality.
Dubai is primed to function as a smart city streamlining the nation’s urban environment and ramping up efforts in areas of energy diversification, renewable energy expansion, resource efficiency, waste reduction and green transport systems. Guidelines, frameworks, energy efficient technologies, research and development are further driving the shift in UAE’s sustainable energy growth towards a modern green city.
The Abu Dhabi Energy Company (also known as Masdar is committed to a low carbon economy providing clean power to the country and has solar installations like the Shams 1 that uses Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and has been in operation for some years now in the city of Abu Dhabi.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquartered in Abu Dhabi is helping the country to advance its sustainability agenda by sharing industry knowledge, developing the necessary regulatory frameworks, and actively promoting the large scale adoption of renewable energy around the world.
The Petroleum Institute Solar Car Project in Abu Dhabi was launched to familiarize students with the use of cutting-edge technologies and the applications of various engineering concepts. The goal of the project was to design, manufacture, test and race a solar car at a competitive level. While the university is geared towards serving the oil industry, developing and nurturing the knowledge, improving the understanding and talents of its future engineers is its ultimate goal.
The next post will feature solar energy, how it works and what can you expect to see in Dubai over the next years. Stay tuned for that!
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