UAE to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030

solar RDKThe UAE plans to use solar energy for five per cent of its power generation by 2030. (Image source: Andreas Demmelbauer/Flickr) Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy has said that the UAE will reduce its energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030 through its increasing focus on renewable resources

According to Gulf News, the emirate unveiled this strategy in its first State Energy Report 2014 that was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report, which was launched by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy chairman Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum focuses on sustainable development as well as green technologies and carbon reduction.

Al Maktoum said, “We are pleased to launch the first edition of the State of Energy Report 2014, which describes our way forward to build a green future for generations to come. Energy is one of the main components for sustainable development and the foundation of a positive environment that encourages collaborations, creativity and innovation.”

In the report, the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 stated that gas would be used for 71 per cent of the emirates' total power output, while 12 per cent would come from nuclear energy and clean coal, and five per cent of the total power generation would be through solar energy.

The UAE plans to reduce its dependency on natural gas by 40 per cent by 2030.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy also said that 50 per cent of the energy to be produced at the forthcoming Dubai Expo 2020 would be from renewable sources on site.

Earlier in 2013, the UAE government announced that it is competing with Izmir in Turkey, Sao Paulo in Brazil and Yekaterinburg in Russia to host the World Expo 2020. The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions is expected to choose the winner of the bid in the last week of November 2013.

The Dubai Expo 2020 will showcase the first large-scale application of building-integrated photovoltaic and solar technology, the energy council said.

Additional sustainability criteria have also been set to monitor carbon footprint, achieve neutral water balance and manage material recycling and reuse at the Dubai Expo 2020, Gulf News reported.

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