Humans have been consuming and misusing the natural resources since last many decades. As a result, natural resources have depleted so much that there is a dire need of renewable resources. Many cities are planning and adopting new technologies to reduce the carbon footprint in the world. Countries like Japan, Germany, Italy etc. are utilizing renewable energy for a better future. Dubai is also not far behind, as it has launched Dubai Clean Energy Strategy which aims in producing 75% of the energy requirements from clean resources by 2050.
The initiative was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015,with a view of developing new methods for creating an efficient system for energy consumption by finding alternatives to conventional energies. Moreover the DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) will be responsible for demand management and economic value of the strategy. Additionally the strategy targets to convert Dubai into a city promoting clean energy and green economy.
Let Us See the Five Main Pillars of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy:
The first pillar constitutes initiatives such as Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Besides the park produces the largest amount of alternative energy from one sole unit. Secondly this pillar also involves setting up a new free zone called ‘Dubai Green Zone’ designed to attract research and development centers and companies dedicated for development of clean energy.
The second pillar focuses on providing a judicial structure which will support various energy policies in two phases. In the first stage the building owners will be encouraged to place solar panels on the roof, which will be executed under Shams Dubai initiative. Afterwards the DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) will link the panels to its main network. Secondly the strategy will coordinate with the Dubai Municipality to form a set of decisions on the integration of consumption rationalization technology and energy production by setting up solar panels on roofs all over Dubai by 2030.
Dubai Green Fund:
The third pillar focusses on procuring funds for investment in research and development on clean energy and its usage. Moreover this pillar will initiate the Dubai Green Fund worth AED 100 billion which will provide simple loans to investors through its monetary resources. In addition to that theses loans will be provided at lower interest rates.
Building Capacities and Skills:
The fourth pillar aims at using the available human resources effectively. They will organize global coaching programs in coordination with international institutions and corporations like International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Besides it can also coordinate with international companies and R&D centers for an overall development of skills of these human resources.
Environment Friendly Energy Mix:
The objective of the fourth pillar is to make an environment friendly energy mix by 2030. This mix will comprise of solar energy 25%, nuclear power 7%, clean coal 7 %, and gas 61%. As a result Dubai will be able to increase the utilization of clean energy resources to 75% by 2050. Hence making the city with the least carbon footprint city in the world.
Along with these five pillars, Dubai under DEWA, has also launched ‘Smart Initiatives’ for the success of this strategy which includes:
- Connecting Solar Energy to Houses and Buildings.
- Smart Applications via Smart Grid and Meters.
- Infrastructure & Electric Vehicles Charging Stations.
Dubai Government has been implementing outstanding policies and programs for the better future of the city. Therefore attracting investors to grab the opportunities and develop a promising economy.