Conservation Award invites entries from education sector

Educational institutions in Dubai can now vie for an award for their efforts to conserve electricity and water.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 24 Sep 2013, 12:34 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:42 PM

The ninth Conservation Award 2013-2014, organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), under the theme ‘For a Better Tomorrow’, is inviting entries from the education sector in Dubai, including nurseries, schools, colleges, universities, adult educational centres and special-needs centres.

The award honours the efforts of institutions and individuals in the education sector to reduce electricity and water consumption, recognising the best practices of individual students, faculty members, teachers and administrators.

The winners will be announced in May 2014 at the awards ceremony, which will be attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the KHDA, along with VIPs and senior officials.

The award has been organised as part of the Dubai leadership’s vision and in support of the UAE’s strategy for green development to build an eco-friendly economy. Last year, the Dewa established development programmes and awareness campaigns to counteract the dangers of global warming and climate change. The award reflects the pivotal role of the Dewa in sustainable development.

The eighth award last year achieved significant results in saving electricity and water. It encouraged students and faculty members to save eight per cent in electricity use and 27 per cent in water consumption. The consumer category encouraged residents to save 28 per cent of electricity and 32 per cent of water used. With all categories combined, the award helped conserve 21 million kW of electricity, 144 million imperial gallons of water, and 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, worth Dh16 million.

Currently, the Dewa and KHDA are organising a series of seminars and workshops for educational organisations across Dubai to provide an overview about the award, its objectives and how to participate in it. The seminars also aim to encourage the education sector to adopt best practices in electricity and water conservation, and raise awareness among students.

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