The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has unveiled a database to monitor energy and water consumption in UAE government buildings, as part of the National Water and Energy Demand Management Program.
The new database initiative will measure energy and water consumption in government buildings and help identify buildings with the highest consumption rates, thereby developing efficiency programs that will help reduce consumption, carbon emissions and operating costs.
According to Mr. Sharif Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs and Head of the National Water and Energy Demand Management Program team, the first phase of the project will cover all federal government buildings, as it will connect all authorities involved in achieving integration and data utilization in the development of rationalization programs for each entity.
Mr. Al Olama added that the second phase of the project would be completed by the end of this year and it will help to achieve the goals of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050.
For his part, Mr. Youssef Abdullah, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Federal Infrastructure Projects Sector at the Ministry and Head of the Technical Committee for the Buildings Sector at the National Water and Energy Demand Management Program, noted that the new database is a major stride toward achieving the objectives of the National Water and Energy Demand Management Program.
The national program, announced last July, aims to increase energy efficiency in the UAE by 40 percent in the transport, industry, construction, agriculture and building sectors, reduce water consumption and increase water use by 95 percent.