Dubai Supreme Council of Energy presents a virtual lecture to BUiD Renewable Energy MSc students

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy presented a virtual lecture for MSc Renewable Energy students in the British University in Dubai (BUiD). The lecture titled ‘Connecting policy-making, technology and energy sustainability of Dubai,’ was delivered by Faisal Ali Rashid, Senior Director of Demand Side Management, and Luka Lugaric, Project Manager, Demand Side Management in the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. This is part of the Supreme Council’s efforts to enhance collaboration with academic and research institutions.

Students learned about the local, federal, and international policies and strategies that form the high-level framework for sustainability of energy and water in Dubai during the lecture. They were also introduced to the key concepts behind the current policies and strategies. The lecture also discussed how Dubai integrates innovation and technologies in policy-making, especially in the field of energy. The lecture also looked into empowering the private sector to become a partner in energy production through the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

HE Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said that the Council has strategic partnerships with several research and academic institutions. It aims to increase awareness about key challenges and opportunities in the shift towards a sustainable future for Dubai, the UAE, and the region, as well as preparing young leaders in the energy sector, especially clean and renewable energy, empowering Emiratis and encourage talents to engage in this vital sector.

Al Muhairbi commended the efforts of BUiD and its commitment to keep its students up to date with the latest developments and best practices to prepare outstanding professionals in clean and renewable energy.

“Guest lectures by renowned experts are regularly included in relevant modules to strengthen the link between what is being taught and practical aspects within the industry. The guest lecture entitled ‘Connecting policy-making, technology and energy sustainability of Dubai’, recently delivered by Engineers Faisal Rashid and Luka Lugaric from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, is an excellent example of such a collaboration. The speakers shared their valuable knowledge and experience in the area of sustainability and energy management. Students greatly benefited as evidenced by their level of interaction during the lecture,” said Prof. Bassam Abdel-Karim Abu-Hijleh, Dean and Atkins Chair at Faculty of Engineering and IT, BUiD.

The Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Programme aims to build capacity and skills to achieve Dubai’s ambitious goal of reducing 30% of energy consumption by 2030, raising awareness about adopting modern technologies, and providing opportunities for career development in energy efficiency. The programme is an initiative mandated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and is managed by Dubai Energy Efficiency Programme, the office concerned with implementing the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy, and in collaboration with the BUiD, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and the International Institute for Energy Training (IIET).