UAE’s capital city Abu Dhabi is expected to halve carbon dioxide emissions from water and electricity production by 2025, following strategic investments in renewable energy, including the world’s largest solar power plants and reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant.
In a statement published by Abu Dhabi Media Office, the state-owned water and electricity procurer, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), said that in the base case scenario, investments made to date in solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, clean energy projects such as nuclear energy, and RO desalination coming on-stream in the coming years will reduce carbon dioxide emissions to around 20 million tonnes by 2025 from more than 40 million tonnes in 2020.
Recently, the 1.2-gigawatts Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest stand-alone operational solar photovoltaic plant in Abu Dhabi, completed its second year of commercial operations.
“We are the leader in developing solar power projects, and we are looking forward to adding further RO capacity to lead the region in sustainable water production. Combined with the addition of nuclear power to the grid, we can significantly reduce carbon emissions and make the UAE a beacon for sustainable, utility scale water and energy production” said Othman Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of EWEC.
EWEC has recommended the addition of 170 million gallons per day (MIGD) of new RO desalination capacity to serve existing demand.
The company’s average CO2 intensity from electricity generation fell in 2018 to 350g per kilowatt-hour (kWh), 15 percent down from 412g/kWh in 2015 due to the commissioning of new energy-efficient plants, the press statement said.
(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Seban Scaria)
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