Dubai's clean, renewable energy share up, exceeds 2020 target

Dubai will provide 7% of its total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2020 and 75% by 2050,

Image for illustrative purpose. Solar rooftops in Dubai.

Image for illustrative purpose. Solar rooftops in Dubai.

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has announced that there has been a marked increase in the clean and renewable energy share in Dubai’s energy mix which now stands at 9 per cent, thus exceeding the Clean Energy Strategy 2050 target.
As per this, Dubai will provide 7 per cent of its total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050, said the Council at its 63rd meeting held remotely.
The meeting, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, discussed several topics including the precautionary measures taken by the Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) against Covid-19 and the council’s decision to reduce fuel surcharge for electricity and water starting from December 1, 2020.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Energy, also attended the meeting along with the board members.
The members reviewed progress on Dubai Municipality’s Waste to Energy project to treat solid waste using direct burning technologies to generate thermal energy and convert it into clean electrical energy for export to the grid.
The plant has the highest thermal efficiency in solid waste treatment, which achieves Dubai’s strategies, said Al Muhairbi.
"On completion, the WtE project is expected to treat 5,500 tonnes of Dubai Municipality’s daily waste and produce 200MW of electricity by 2023," he added.
The Council also pledged their support to the production of green aluminium under the product name ‘CelestiAL’ in Dubai.
Al Tayer said the initiative was a first of its kind in the world to produce aluminium using solar power in EGA operations.
"Dewa will supply electricity from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This project supports the competitiveness of EGA in the global market," he stated.
He pointed out that this 'green aluminium' was a vital product and ideal for industrial usage. "We expect this product to have an added market value, as it supports our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable development in the UAE," he added.

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