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Dewa achieves record energy savings of 323MW during Earth Hour 2018, 32 per cent higher than last year’s savings
Dubai: The collective efforts of UAE residents for Earth Hour 2018 on Saturday night resulted in significant savings in electricity use and carbon emissions, especially in Dubai reporting record savings of 323 megawatts (MW).
The UAE joined 180 countries worldwide in switching off non-essential lights and electrical appliances from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to mark Earth Hour, a symbolic act of reducing energy consumption as one of the ways to help reduce the impact of climate change.
of energy savings made by Dubai during the Earth Hour this year
Dubai’s landmarks, tourist and government buildings across the country also took part in the event.
After the annual event on Saturday, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) released the energy savings of the emirate, which is up by 32 per cent compared to 244MW last year. The energy savings is equivalent to reducing 140 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Dewa explained to Gulf News in previous Earth Hour events that it calculates the energy savings by subtracting the peak energy use before and the drop in energy use during Earth Hour.
|32% increase in energy savings by Dewa over previous year|
Dewa continues to offset the carbon emissions from Earth Hour activities by exchanging the emissions resulting from organising Earth Hour 2018 in Dubai for Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) credits from DEWA’s projects, based on the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is Dewa’s third consecutive year to offset its Earth Hour activities with CERs credit.
energy saved by Dubai since taking part in
Earth Hour in 2008
Under the theme ‘Connect to Earth’, Dewa and the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and with the support of Dubai Properties Group, held community-wide events on Saturday from 4pm to 10pm.
|140tonnes of carbon emissions have been reduced by
energy savings this year
“Earth Hour is celebrated around the world as a global movement of solidarity for the planet. We strive, as we celebrate Earth Hour every year, to spark public awareness and action for the rational consumption of natural resources to ensure they last for generations to come, in line with the UAE Vision 2021,” Dr Al Zeyoudi said.
Since participating in Earth Hour in 2008, Dubai has saved 2,385MW energy accumulated in just 11 hours over the past 11 years.