The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority held talks with a Finnish delegation to discuss cooperation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart homes and water.The discussions were held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and emphasised the UAE’s enthusiasm to develop bilateral relations with Finland especially in advanced technologies, industry, knowledge and other areas of mutual interest. [DEWA and Enel co-operate on grid reliability]
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) briefed the visiting delegation on the technical progress made by DEWA, pointing to global achievements in reliability, availability and efficiency of the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and water services.
According to a release, DEWA has achieved competitive results, surpassing leading European and US companies by reducing losses in power transmission and distribution networks to 3.3%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the US. Water network losses decreased to 8.2 %, compared to 15% in North America, achieving global results in reducing water losses. DEWA’s results are among the best internationally for customer minutes lost per year. DEWA’s figures reached 3.87 minutes, compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union. The UAE, represented by DEWA, has been ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa and fourth globally for the fourth consecutive year for getting electricity as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 report.
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
During the discussions, Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s key developmental projects and strategic initiatives that support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify the energy mix so clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. [DEWA signs MoU with Huawei on smart city tech development]
Mykkänen highlighted Finland’s work in renewable energy, the present energy mix in place to generate electricity, and the diversity of Finnish expertise and experience in the fields of energy efficiency and future technologies. Finnish companies expressed their interest to take part in DEWA’s clean and renewable energy projects. The Finish minister commended DEWA on its efforts to achieve the sustainable development of Dubai and reduce the carbon footprint to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.