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Dubai – MENA Herald: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, were present at the launch of the Demand Side Management programme by the Supreme Council of Energy at an event at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel in Dubai.
NEW YORK // The UAE has vowed to make the Paris Climate Agreement, signed by more than 170 countries at the United Nations, work.
The Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, signed the pact on behalf of the UAE on Friday and later said the Paris Agreement, which was reached last December, sent a “united message".
He said: “The UAE is proud to be here today to send a united message to the world. We will make the Paris Agreement work, and we will work individually and collectively to find the best courses of climate action."
The Paris Agreement will govern climate action after 2020 and from next month, parties to the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will begin the process of determining fair and innovative ways to help countries reach their climate goals.
Dr Al Zeyoudi spoke of the UAE’s strategies to protect its environmental resources, especially in relation to water and marine environment conservation, and he also signed a deal with Morocco to enhance cooperation on climate change issues and address global sustainability challenges.
The UAE delegation at the UN included Razan Al Mubarak, secretary general of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, who said: “Abu Dhabi has remained steadfast in its commitment to the development of its city and its people, and we remain dedicated to supporting this while protecting and preserving our natural heritage.
“We will remain an active, collaborative player in providing efficient access to reliable environmental data that will equip decision-makers with information that ensures that responsible, sustainable development is the way of our future."
Source: The National
Dubai: Dubai is giving building owners another motivation to shift to solar energy apart from helping Mother Earth — an environment award and a cash prize totalling $1 million (Dh3.67 million).
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) on Wednesday launched the third cycle of the Emirates Energy Award (EEA) 2016-2017 under the theme ‘Innovative Solutions for Clean Energy’. The council added a new category, ‘Connecting Solar Power to Buildings’, to encourage large and medium enterprises to choose solar in line with the Shams Dubai Initiative.
Shams Dubai (Arabic for ‘solar’) allows homeowners and building owners to install rooftop solar panels for their own use and supply surplus energy to offset their monthly bills. It was launched on March 15 last year.
“Through this award, we look to promote a culture of excellence, sustainability and innovation in energy management, as well as ensuring efficiency, boosting sustainable alternative clean energy sources,” Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the DSCE and president of the Emirates Energy Award.
“The award also works on activating the role of communities and raising awareness about conservation, as well as preserving the environment and natural resources,” he added.
The award, which is given every two years, recognises the efforts of private and government institutions in the UAE and Mena region in their drive to be more energy efficient through the use of clean or renewable energy.
Entries, whether from large-scale or small-scale entities, will be judged depending on their efficiency, creativity, and innovation, among other criteria. The project should be operational for at least one year to qualify. Entries can be submitted starting December 1 to February 1, 2017.
Taheb Diab, senior director, Strategy and Planning, Secretary-General of EEA, said this new category on connecting solar to buildings will boost residents’ interest in going solar. It has been a year since Shams Dubai was launched but public reception is yet to soar.
“Just like anywhere else in the world, solar is going to take time to pick up. It’s in the teething phase right now and the best candidates for this are the large-scale distributors, for example, Jebel Ali Zone, Dubai Airports, Emaar or Nakheel properties that can develop hundreds of villas. It just makes more sense when you have a collective approach,” Diab told Gulf News.
Diab said the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has received 20 applications for Shams Dubai, the majority of which are commercial entities, with a total estimated output of more than 12MW of power.
Emirates Energy Award (10 categories)
1) Energy Efficiency — Public Sector (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
2) Energy Efficiency — Private Sector (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
3) Large Energy Project (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
4) Small Energy Project (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
5) Connecting Solar Power to Buildings — Large Project (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
6) Connecting Solar Power to Buildings — Small Project (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
7) Energy and capacity Building (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
8) Research and Development (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
9) Young Professional Energy Award (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
10) Special Recognition Award (Gold, Siver, and Bronze)
Total cash prize: $1 million
For more information, visit: http://www.emiratesenergyaward.com/