Supreme Council ratifies incentive programme for electric cars in Dubai at 45th meeting

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, ratified the incentive programme to promote the use of electric cars in Dubai, which was presented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality at the the 45th meeting of the Supreme Council of Energy. This programme supports the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to increase the uptake of hybrid and electric cars in Dubai.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council, was present at the meeting. Other attendees included HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of the Emirates National Oil Company Ltd (ENOC), Abdullah Abdul Kareem, Director General of the Department of Oil Affairs, Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General for the Health, Safety and Environment Control division at Dubai Municipality, Waleed Salman, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee, Nasser Abu Shehab, CEO of the Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Frederick Chemin, General Manager of Dubai Petroleum, and Simon Cattle, General Manager of Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP).

The Supreme Council issued directive number 1 of 2016 that government institutions must ensure 10% of all new purchases of fleet vehicles are for hybrid or electric vehicles. This will support the target for 2020 for 2% of all vehicles to be hybrid or electric, and by 2030 this will rise to 10%. This will help to reduce total carbon emissions in Dubai by 2021 by 19%.

The meeting also discussed the progress of implementing the Dubai Integrated Water Strategy.

“To implement the demand side management strategy to reduce the consumption of energy and water by 30% by 2030, we discussed the results of the first phase of the Dubai Water Resources Management Study, and ways to improve operational efficiency and increase the capacity of the wastewater network. The demand side management strategy includes 9 energy demand management programmes that include green building specifications and regulations, retrofitting existing buildings, district cooling, reuse of wastewater, laws and specifications for upgrading standards and efficiency of appliances, and the efficiency of street lighting,” said Al Tayer.

“We have also seen the Dubai Lamp project to improve energy efficiency, developed by Dubai Municipality, in cooperation with Philips,” added Al Tayer.

“We also reviewed DEWA’s Emiratisation programme as the best government entity to recruit and train Emiratis. Members of the Supreme Council were briefed on DEWA’s programmes and plans, with UAE Nationals holding 85% of senior leadership positions and Emiratis having an average happiness score of 86%, according to the Dubai Government Excellence Program,” said Al Muhairbi.