DEWA rounds up Ramadan focused energy initiatives
Initiative encourages 19,000 people to participate in month-long activities
DEWA organised an awareness programme that ran throughout the duration of the Holy Month of Ramadan in cooperation several government organisations in Dubai.
The programme was part of DEWA’s ‘Let’s Make this Summer Green’ annual campaign.
It included lectures and tips about the importance of rationalising consumption and avoiding waste on a daily basis.
Steps that can be taken include setting air-conditioning to 24 C, scheduling the use of high-usage electrical appliances outside peak-load hours from 12 - 6 pm, using smart irrigation systems, fixing water leaks, pre-travel advice and other guidelines that DEWA provides on its website and smart app.
Throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, the awareness team at DEWA visited several sites in Dubai, including mosques, labour camps, and Iftar tents.
To date, the team visited 17 mosques under the supervision of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, IACAD, and nine Emirates Red Crescent Iftar tents.
During these visits, the team organised interactive awareness competitions, where gifts are distributed to participants and attendees. Up until now, over 19,000 people have participated in the activities organised by DEWA.
Over the past years, DEWA’s programmes and initiatives have achieved significant results in the rationalisation of electricity and water use in various sectors. Between 2009 and 2016, DEWA’s customers saved over 1.54 TW/h of electricity and 6.2 billion gallons of water, with a value of over AED 967 million.
The generated savings have resulted in offsetting around 831,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. DEWA’s efforts have managed to reduce electricity use by 19% and water by 28% in the residential sector.
The commercial sector reduced electricity use by 10% and water by 30%.
The industrial sector reduced electricity use by 15% and water by 21%. Educational institutions have succeeded in reducing electricity use by 9% and water by 24%.
Government and semi-governmental organisations reduced electricity use by 12% and water by 21%.