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WETEX 2014 concludes on a successful note

: Thursday, April 17 - 2014 @ 11:35

The Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2014 concluded, achieving the goals of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. WETEX 2014 is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Finance Minister of the UAE and President of DEWA.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and MD & CEO of DEWA, said that the success of this year’s WETEX is largely due to its being held during Green Week, which will continue until 20 April at Mirdif City Centre, SmarTech Shopper, and the World Green Economy Summit 2014: all of which had a positive impact on strengthening the exhibition’s position as a global specialised exhibition in energy.

Strategic, Platinum, and Gold Sponsors were satisfied with their participitation at WETEX 2014.

The last day of the show was full of activities, including a conference on cooperation between the Middle East and North Africa and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the sectors of energy and infrastructure.

Winners of the Best Consumer Award were also announced and DEWA signed MoUs with the Society of Engineers – United Arab Emirates, B/S/H Home Appliances Group, LG Electronics, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Osram Middle East. DEWA also has been certified as compliant with the ISO 14064 standard for sustainability.

A conference on the 1,200MW Hassyan Clean Coal Project Developers Conference, which is planned to work on the Independent Power Producer model, took place on the third day of WETEX 2014.

The conference was attended by 150 participants from over 60 companies. This ambitious project supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, outlined by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify the energy mix by 2030. It is planned to introduce clean coal to produce 12% of Dubai’s total power output by 2030.

This project supports the vision of the UAE leadership to apply the highest world class standards of sustainability as Hassyan plant will use clean coal to generate electricity.

Through such projects, DEWA is determined to complete renewable energy projects that cater to the needs of Dubai’s increasing demand for energy and support the sustainable growth of the Emirate.

DEWA truly believes in the importance of partnering and leveraging on these meetings to achieve success and demonstrate a great example of partnerships between the public and private sectors.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank our partners, developers and consultants of the project, Ernst and Young, the leader of the advisory Consortium and the financial advisors of the project, and White and Case, the Legal Advisor, Poyry, the Technical advisors, and the financial advisory board, and all those who have contributed or will contribute, to the completion of this pioneering project,” said Al Tayer.

“The Dubai Integrated Energy strategy 2030 seeks to improve demand efficiency by diversifying energy sources so that, by 2030, the total power output of Dubai will be 71% generated from natural gas, 12% from nuclear energy, 12% from clean coal, and 5% from solar power 5%, in addition to reducing energy demand by 30% by the year 2030,” added Al Tayer.

Phase One of the project is due to begin in the start of 2020 and will have a production capacity of 600 MW. The second phase will have an equal production capacity and will be launched in the last quarter of 2020.

DEWA, represented by Al Tayer, has also signed an MoU with the Society of Engineers – United Arab Emirates, represented by HE Essa Al Maidoor, President of the Society of Engineers. The purpose of this MoU is to exchange of knowledge, expertise and cooperation on training programmes and joint activities and initiatives for smart cities, spreading awareness about sustainability, environmental awareness and benchmarking, and communicating with groups on specialised technical cooperation projects in corporate social responsibility.

“In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to maintain Dubai’s position as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism and green economy, DEWA is seeking to strengthen its strategic partnerships with all government agencies and business sectors,” said Al Tayer.

“This MoU reflects the determination of DEWA and the Society to further strengthen their strategic partnerships. This agreement is in line with the UAE 2021 Vision, and aims to consolidate the country’s position regionally and globally to position it as one of the best countries in the world by 2021,” said Al Tayer.

“We have strong collaboration with the UAE Society of Engineers covering the promotion of conferences and events organised by DEWA, encouraging enrolment of DEWA’s architects in the Society of Engineers, the exchange of expertise and research in the field of energy and its sustainability,” added Al Tayer.

“We are always exploring other cooperation frameworks to organise joint activities in these fields, in addition to cooperating in the training and development of engineers, projects and community initiatives and sponsoring activities and events. We appreciate the society’s efforts to cooperate with DEWA in awareness campaigns, joint seminars in rationalising electricity and water consumption and the joint coordination to highlight DEWA’s initiatives and achievements on a global front through the World of Engineering magazine,” said Al Tayer.

“The Society strives to serve the country in various fields. Moreover, we appreciate the Society’s initiatives that reflect an ideal example on the joint cooperation between organisations.”

On the last day of the show, Al Tayer was certified by the Green Project Management Sustainable Centre of Excellence as being carbon neutral, the first CEO to receive this award in the region. Al Tayer received the award, from Joel Carboni, Founder and President of GPM Global, in recognition of DEWA’s continuing efforts in following environmentally-friendly standards for managing projects by applying international best practices in green projects.

The aim of this award is to recognise companies’ role in applying best practices in the management of green projects.

Moreover, SGS GULF has awarded DEWA with the ISO 14064 certificate to be one of the first organisations in the UAE that is recognised with such a certificate in recognition of its efforts in environmental sustainability reflecting the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to establish the UAE as a world leader in green economy and a centre for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy, in accordance with DEWA’s vision to be a sustainable world class sustainable utility and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to decrease the consumption of energy by 30 percent by 2030.

“This new achievement strengthens our journey to enhance transparency and credibility in the measurement and monitoring and reporting processes and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions and identifying responsibilities and risks pertaining to emissions resulting from global warming,” said Al Tayer.

“We always strive to adopt the highest international standards in environment and we have achieved competitive results in adopting clean sustainability procedures in our development projects in coordination with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence.”

DEWA was verified through a series of stringent examinations on levels of designing and developing of enterprise-level greenhouse gas inventories including quantifying, monitoring and reporting emission reductions. The results showed that the amount of emissions comply with the standards of ISO 14064, which ensures DEWA’s efforts in achieving better environmental outputs that are a matter of pride to the UAE and Dubai in particular and reinforces its journey in sustainability. The verification process was done with support from Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence and SGS GULF based on the standards of ISO 14064-3:2006. Al Tayer has received a certificate from Rachid Cherkaoui, Regional Head and MD of SGS Gulf, during a ceremony held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of WETEX 2014.

To integrate this achievement, DEWA established a framework for monitoring and reporting to verify procedures to follow in the coming years. DEWA is proud that 12 employees from different departments have trained and completed the ISO 14064 provided by Bureau Veritas.

Al Tayer handed certificates to the employees at WETEX 2014. This step will contribute to applying DEWA’s strategy in reducing carbon emissions.

In addition, DEWA has announced the winners of the tenth Best Consumer Award during Smartech Shopper 2014, the inaugural consumer exhibition organised in conjunction with WETEX 2014.

The Best Consumer Award encourages DEWA’s residential customers to reduce the consumption of electricity and water and implement eco-friendly practices to reduce the use of natural resources required to generate electricity for a sustainable future, for generations to come.

“DEWA consistently raises awareness about conservation and the rational use for electricity and water among the residents of Dubai by conducting awareness campaigns throughout the year to achieve real savings in the consumption of electricity and water in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. This award comes at a time where DEWA is making rapid strides in enhancing a responsible culture within society to conserve natural resources,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer said that the levels of savings in the consumption of water and electricity achieved by the winners ranges from 17-53% for water and 17-56% for electricity, which is a clear indicator of the efficacy of these campaigns in raising awareness across all aspects of society.

“We are proud of the innovative ways in which DEWA’s customers have achieved remarkable savings that exceeded 50% in one year alone. This proves the success of the conservation campaigns led by DEWA and the interaction it generated with customers,” Al Tayer added.

DEWA has managed to save 5,902,065kWh of electricity and 33,564,486 gallons of water in 2013. The total savings for the last 5 years is over AED 22.4 million.

SmarTech Shopper, which is held under the theme “For A Better Life”, also witnessed impressive numbers of retail visitors where exhibitors presented various household appliances and eco-friendly applications. The visitors had the opportunity to get special deals for various household appliances.

SmarTech Shopper has proved that it is also a platform for end users considering they are the largest consumer segment of water and electricity. It also raised awareness about DEWA’s efforts to preserve natural resources and support environmentally-sustainable concepts.

“SmarTech Shopper is part of DEWA’s commitment to the Smart City initiative and it has provided a platform for the region’s leading trade and retail eco-friendly products. The exhibition primarily targeted consumers, which enhanced DEWA’s efforts to reach out to students and all members of the community and encourage them to rationalise their consumption of water and electricity at home, including contributing to preserving the environment and natural resources,” said Al Tayer.

SmarTech Shopper is a remarkable leap in DEWA’s services where it has provided eco-friendly products with competitive prices compared to their conventional counterparts. DEWA has allocated 9 booths to encourage the public and visitors to adapt to sustainable solutions.

Many seminars were also organized on the side lines of SmarTech Shopper to educate the public about using eco-friendly products during WETEX and Green Week.

DEWA has signed an agreement with Dubai Carbon, to mitigate the effects of climate change by the efficient use of the UAE’s resources, reducing the carbon intensity and energy consumed in line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030.

The agreement also will bridge closer links between students, students’ unions and DEWA by providing students with valuable skills in reducing carbon emissions, adopting cleaner energy sources and more efficient industrial processes.

DEWA will provide Dubai Carbon with access to its experts through a formulation of a working group to identify areas of synergy and contribute in country-specific activities like the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative and Expo 2020.

DEWA also signed signed an MoU with LG Electronics, which produces household electronics. Both parties joined hands in promoting green and sustainable products and solutions, developing and partnering sustainable awareness campaigns, promoting offers and campaigns by LG dedicated to DEWA’s employees for eco-friendly products and solutions.

“DEWA is signing these MoUs to achieve the vision of Government of Dubai in making Dubai a centre for sustainable development in the region by disseminating practices to rationalise electricity and water use and conservation of natural resources within Dubai,” said AL Tayer.

The MoU was singed by Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA and Duk Young Kim, President of LG Electronics.

“We have recently been awarded the ‘2014 ENERGY STAR – Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Recognition.’ This is the highest award for partners of the Energy Star from the US Environmental Protection Agency; for our contribution in spreading the concepts of sustainability worldwide. We expect that our agreement with DEWA will achieve record results because of the special awareness of Dubai’s community on several occasions in this area. We will put all our experience in promoting household products that save energy and reduce wastage rates,” said Duk Young Kim.

“We value the importance of these MoUs with companies such as LG Electronics, in promoting eco-friendly products and sustainable solutions to raise awareness of sustainability issues among all segments of society in Dubai. Under the agreement, we will be organizing campaigns and promoting products and eco-friendly solutions by LG Electronics to DEWA staff.” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer said that this year witnessed several agreements done by DEWA with leading institutions in hardware and green solutions, to promote green initiatives especially to DEWA’s consumers.

DEWA, represented by Al Mehairi, also signed an MoU with B/SH/, represented by Mark Saunders, Chief Executive Officer of Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group.

“The objective of this MoU is to encourage among society a culture of sustainability that incorporates a strong awareness of the importance of electricity and water. It is easy to take for granted the electricity we use and the water we consume. These consume our precious natural resources which we need to preserve for future generations. By spreading awareness to society at large of the importance of reducing how much electricity and water we use, and encouraging the use of energy- and water-efficient appliances, in partnerships with internationally-recognised manufacturers, we can all realise our goal to achieve a sustainable future, for generations to come” said Al Mehairi

“We aim through this partnership, to target over 10,000 employees working at DEWA in addition to all its consumers. We will promote products and solutions that reduce energy consumption, taking into consideration that a large part of the energy consumed in Dubai is from home appliances,” said Saunders.

Al Mehairi signed another agreement on behalf of DEWA, with Osram, to foster a culture of sustainability in all segments of society and raise awareness about the optimal consumption of resources to preserve them for future generations.

More than two-thirds of the global market depends on lighting lamps and lighting systems. OSRAM develop traditional lighting technologies, and energy-saving and LED solutions.

The exhibition has gathered experts, service providers, investors, decision makers and consumers from private and public sectors all under one roof. It has also attracted specialists and experts from electricity water and energy and environment and oil and gas technologies.

The exhibition displayed latest technologies relevant to water, energy, environment, oil, gas, energy resources-management, green economy and development solutions.

The exhibition formed an ideal platform to discuss and display the newest topics and happenings in several domains most importantly water, energy, environmental management, sustainable development rationalization of water and electricity sources grids energy management solutions the use of renewable energy especially solar and nuclear. The exhibition acted as a convenient place for companies to display and showcase the newest technologies and solutions in the fields of electricity and water savings.

Many scientific conference and specialised seminars were organised on the sidelines of WETEX 2014 during which participants have discussed the latest developments in energy affairs, research and technological and scientific progress in the areas of sustainable energy.

Such seminars have attracted international experts to discuss the latest solutions in the field of water and various sources of energy.

The topics of discussion included water solutions and related technology including sewage, reverse osmosis, absorption chillers, transportation pipelines and others.

The list included panel discussions on energy, sustainable energy systems, energy management solutions, cable systems, flow clamps, electric distribution systems automation solutions, solar energy solutions, measurement and lighting, converting electricity solutions and PV power plants and other solutions that are being discussed for the first time during these events.
Experts during the seminars discussed ways of sustainable energy and the latest findings on reducing energy and water consumption, energy and water efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Seminars discussions cover renewable sustainable energy, nuclear technology, clean coal, green solutions, water and other topics related to green development.

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