Dubai retrofits 8,000 buildings to be more water and energy efficient

Since 2015, 7,791 government buildings have undergone renovations as part of DSCE's Building Retrofit plan.

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Dubai has made 8,000 buildings more water and energy efficient, including 7,791 government structures, as part of the Building Retrofit scheme run by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE).

The 77th meeting of the DSCE, presided over by Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the DSCE, assessed the performance of the initiative, which was inaugurated in 2015.

According to a news release from DSCE, the conference, which was held remotely, discussed the most recent advancements in the retrofitting of governmental buildings in Dubai, as well as aspects connected to air conditioning, lighting, building construction, and rooftop solar power systems.

By the end of 2030, Dubai wants to renovate 30,000 buildings.

Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality; Abdulla bin Kalban, Managing Director of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Juan-Pablo Freile, General Manager of Dubai Petroleum; and Hussain Al Banna, CEO of the Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) were also present at the meeting.

"The reduction in carbon emissions that was accomplished is evidence of the beneficial and practical impact that the development and implementation of energy conservation initiatives and programmes have had. This highlights the efforts undertaken by the relevant Dubai government authorities to support a green economy that is sustainable and the country's attempts to become net-zero by 2050, according to Al Tayer.

"At the meeting, we discussed Dubai's accomplishments in cutting carbon emissions in 2022, which were reduced by 19%. This demonstrates the success of programmes and projects to boost operational efficiency in factories and other facilities, increase the percentage of solar energy, and recycle more waste, according to Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi.

DSCE's headquarters receiving ISO 50001:2018 for energy management, highlighting its efforts to promote and manage energy efficiency, was also discussed during the meeting.

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