Dubai: HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE), chaired the Council’s 18th board meeting yesterday at its new headquarters at Dubai Petroleum.
”Responding to the increasing energy demands placed on the Emirate of Dubai, the Council is successfully managing the ongoing implementation of the Dubai Integrated Gas Strategy 2030, which falls within the wider framework of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Council.
“The Council discussed the implementation of the first phase of the Dubai Integrated Gas Strategy,” he added after the meeting.
Dubai Municipality, a member of the SCE, presented its ongoing energy-efficiency drive, which has delivered notable electricity and water savings and a reduction in carbon emissions, and plans to utilize solar power to light public spaces and parks and also heat water. Dubai Municipality aims to cut its water and electricity consumption by 20% in the next five years.
The board also reviewed the Council’s visit to Brazil in June, led by Al Tayer, to attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit as part of a UAE delegation chaired by Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade.
During the visit, the SCE presented its progress on ongoing demand abatement and supply-side strategies, and the Council’s position on implementing renewable energy initiatives. The meeting also reviewed preparations for the World Energy Forum 2012, which will take place in Dubai between 22-24October.
The World Energy Forum is an opportunity for global decision-makers to debate world energy issues, and aims to establish a global platform promoting sustainable energies, energy efficiency and clean technology.
The forum will be held in Dubai for the first time outside of its United Nations headquarters in New York, after the Emirate beat off strong competition from a number of global cities.