Dubai has launched its first State of Energy report at the UN headquarters in New York.
It’s meant to showcase success stories in the emirate’s push to go green and set a template for other Arab states to follow.
Under the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, the emirate aims to generate 5% of its power from solar, 12% from nuclear and 12% from clean coal by the end of the next decade. The remaining 71% is expected to come from natural gas.
In the report Ahmed Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), drew attention to the switching on of a 13MW solar project in October. It’s the first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which should have 1000MW solar capacity by 2030.
Dubai is also hoping to slash its energy use 30% over the next 20 years. Mr Al Muhairbi said Dubai cut its energy consumption by 2.2% in 2011 using demand side management and new energy tariffs.
He added: “We are working with energy service companies to retrofit existing buildings and establish a green code for future buildings, focusing on air-conditioning and lighting.”