The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has launched the National Water and Energy Demand Management Program to improve the efficiency of the three most energy-consuming sectors by 40 percent.
The management program, which was launched in collaboration with strategic partners and stakeholders from the federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector, aims to improve the efficiency of the UAE’s three most energy-intensive sectors like transportation, industry, and construction. It will adopt the best international standards in the nation’s largest water and energy efficiency drive.
The program includes three main pillars as energy, water and consumption rationalization. Several projects will be initiated to minimize energy consumption and achieve the goals of reducing energy demand by 40 percent, increasing renewable energy’s contribution to the energy mix to 50 percent, and expand water reuse to 95 percent by 2050.
One such initiative is the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy which strives to produce 75 percent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050. The strategy also aims to make Dubai a global center of clean energy and a green economy. It consists of five main pillars including infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and environment-friendly energy mix.
Other major strategic initiatives include the Dubai Demand Side Management (DDSM) Strategy 2030 which aims to reduce the demand for electricity and water by 30 percent by 2030. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) achieved savings of 11.8 percent in electricity and 7.9 percent in water consumption in 2020. The Abu Dhabi Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy (ADSM) 2030 aims to reduce electricity consumption by 22 percent and water consumption by 32 percent by 2030.
The program brings together all federal and local stakeholders in the UAE to achieve the goals of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, ensuring energy and water supply security through direct-impact long, medium, and short-term plans.