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Abu Dhabi research project to assist water, energy policy development

: Thursday, July 10 - 2014 @ 11:48

By Sidra Tariq

A research project that will aid policy decisions around water and energy resources by mapping long-term demand in Abu Dhabi launches today (Tuesday, July 8).

The initiative, which has been introduced by British Petroleum (BP) and the Abu Dhabi Regulation and Supervision Bureau, will leverage an advanced analytical programme developed by UK’s University of Cambridge, known as the Forseer Tool, which enables users to visualise the impact of different decisions and scenarios on water, land and energy. It will help Abu Dhabi model the demand of water and energy resources leading up to 2030, with the first phase to be completed this year.

“Over the next two decades, Abu Dhabi is forecast to continue on its track of economic and population growth,” says Nick Carter, director-general of the bureau. “In this context, and in our role as the regulator of the emirate’s water, wastewater and electricity sectors, we seek to provide policymakers with a long-term view on future capacity and product availability.”

The project will analyse the current use of water and energy across Abu Dhabi households, commercial projects, as well as other sectors, to model future demand and usage based on factors such as population growth and economic development.

Dr Angela Strank, chief scientist at BP, says: “Developing a clear technical understanding of the complex relationships between energy, land and water, and visualising these using the innovative Foreseer Tool, will provide valuable insights to help policymakers with important decisions.”

The initiative’s launch comes on the same day The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi releases the findings of its annual Environmental Awareness and Behaviour Survey, which was conducted in late 2013 by canvassing approximately 2,000 respondents in the emirate. Approximately 52 per cent of respondents is practicing environment-friendly behaviours, such as shutting water taps when not in use or reducing water flows for daily activities such as brushing teeth, when compared with 46 per cent in 2012. The survey also reveals that 62 per cent from the hotel, hospital, retail and private sectors takes action on environmental issues relevant to respective industries. A large percentage also acknowledges the importance of practices such as waste management and air quality enhancement. Younger respondents, aged between 15 and 20 years, demonstrated the highest levels of awareness of waste management as an environmental concern in the emirate and actively search for solutions to reduce their environmental impacts, according to the survey. For instance, 73 per cent reportedly opts to carpool with family or friends, while 83 per cent switches of lights and air conditioning when not in use.



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