DSCE highlights its policies and strategies on energy

RIO DE JANEIRO — As part of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy’s (DSCE) participation at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the DSCE and leader of the Council’s delegation, conducted a Press conference to introduce the Council, which was established in 2009, to international media.

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Published: Sat 23 Jun 2012, 10:59 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

The Press conference was held in the presence of Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, and Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Aide to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and CEO and MD of Masdar, and other officials.

The Council, which includes energy-related companies and organisations, was established according to a law issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to oversee all energy-related issues and initiatives in Dubai, as well as putting policies in place to ensure energy sustainability in the emirate.

The Press conference was held to promote Dubai’s initiatives in different energy sectors. Dubai aims to share expertise and best international practices to achieve sustainable development for all nations. Dubai has already earned its status as a global hub for energy research, business, transport, and tourism.

“Our strategic focus is founded on the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates: ‘The UAE is striving to develop and boost its rich resources and expertise in the international energy markets and enhance its leading role as a world center for renewable energy research and development.’ His words demonstrate the importance of sourcing the best policies, applications and alternative energy sources, which are goals that Dubai and the UAE share along with the rest of the world. We aim to achieve both sustainable development and future for all mankind,” said Al Tayer.

“In accordance with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we must always take care of our environment, protect it from pollution and preserve it for generations to come. As His Highness himself has said: ‘We recognise that preserving our energy resources will be one of the greatest challenges in our drive towards sustainable development. This, however, will not materialise unless the different facets of our society adopt energy conservation principles in their core values. Future generations will be the chief beneficiary of our achievements and the best judge of what we accomplish in this field.’”

Al Tayer also highlighted the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy for 2030, which plans to diversify its energy mix to include alternative energy sources, with 71 per cent from natural gas, 24 per cent from both nuclear power and clean coal and five per cent from solar power to fulfil Dubai’s electricity needs in 2030.

The Press conference also included participation from Nejib Zaafarani, secretary-general and CEO of the DSCE, who drew the media’s attention to the Council’s many achievements in the energy sector in Dubai, and highlighted its integral role and responsibilities for ensuring energy reliability, effective planning, support from energy service suppliers, cost control, and the quality of services offered, while raising awareness on energy conservation and environmental sustainability.

In addition, Waleed Salman, Chairman of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, elaborated on the collaboration between the DSCE and the DCCE, which he noted is the first of its kind in the Middle East. He talked about their latest joint project, a recently-organised workshop by the Council and the Centre to mark the launch of the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification phase of Dubai’s Carbon Footprint project, which will create a platform to monitor and benchmark Dubai’s carbon performance and measure greenhouse gas emissions.

Also participating in the Press conference was Khawla Al Mehairi, vice-president of Marketing and Corporate Communications at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.


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