Dubai joins building energy efficiency initiative

Energy Council joins Building Energy Efficiency Accelerator

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Dubai joins building energy efficiency initiative Al Tayer: By joining BEA, Dubai will be able to access more expertise on energy efficiency for buildings.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 3, 2016

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs.

The Building Efficiency Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labelling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments, and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and CEO and MD of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said: "DEWA adopts a clear vision based on sustainability, and develops plans and objectives according to the highest standards of efficiency. Through the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, we are working to diversify Dubai's energy mix and increase our use of clean energy sources. We work to enhance innovation and creativity in renewable energy, sustainability, and the environment, while promoting energy efficiency as the key to reducing the carbon footprint of each individual, transforming Dubai into the city with the lowest carbon footprint on Earth.

"By joining BEA, Dubai now has access to a global network of 30 businesses, government organisations, and technical experts who specialise in improving building energy efficiency. BEA supports local collaboration and planning to improve buildings, lower energy costs and make people more comfortable and productive at home, and in the workplace," added Al Tayer.

"According to a recent report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the global rationalisation of consumption and management of energy demand has received a total annual investment of USD385 billion. This investment is expected to increase to $5.8 trillion by 2030, with $125 billion being spent on buildings alone by 2020, as buildings are one of the largest consumers of energy," said Al Tayer.

"The BEA is an important programme for Dubai to achieve the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce 30% of energy demand by 2030 and the demand side management programmes including building retrofit, particularly in energy security, and renewable energy," said HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

"We are pleased to join BEA, which will help to foster a culture of efficiency in existing and new buildings through best practices and learning from other city experiences to ensure a sustainable environment for future generations," added Al Muhairbi.

"I am delighted to announce that 12 more cities and states are prioritising building efficiency as a way to unlock a better, more sustainable future. The BEA partnership brings technical experts together with local governments to improve policies, deliver more efficient buildings and technologies, and transform cities," said Jennifer Layke, Director of the Building Efficiency Initiative at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

"These cities and states have shown a commitment toward a more efficient future that deserves to be applauded. Most of them are in countries we have identified as key to unlocking the energy transition and championing more efficient and productive ways of using energy. Reducing the energy use and demand of buildings is the most cost-effective way for cities to reach a low-carbon future - and Sustainable Energy for All stands ready to help them unlock the investment needed to go even further," said Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Chief Partnership Officer of Sustainable Energy for All.

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