Nejib Zaafrani, Secretary General and CEO of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, unveiling Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy for 2030 during the first panel discussion of DGEF 2011
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy announced today that the Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011, the first global event of its kind in the Emirate of Dubai on energy related issues, unveiled the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy for 2030 which aims to achieve a 30% reduction in energy consumption in Dubai by 2030. The UAE, being the highest energy exporter per capita, has a vision to become the lowest-carbon economy in the region by creating an environmentally-friendly and sustainable energy policy. The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy for 2030 has been strategically orchestrated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to support this crucial vision.
Nejib Zaafrani, Secretary General and CEO of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said, "The 2030 Integrated Energy Strategy sets the pace for both ensuring efficient use of energy resources and securing the supply of new ones, while minimizing the environmental impacts on the Emirate. The plan is set to create second-to-none business opportunities for investments by both public and private parties, attract global expertise and know-how in energy management and drive a strong diversification of energy resources. As a result of these endeavors, Dubai will eventually be able to position itself as a hub and leader in the field of sustainable energy, matching and even leading the way for the world’s best energy practices.”
Over the last five years, the country’s energy demand will experience an annual growth rate of 10%. Current scenarios forecast an expected annual growth rate of 5% over the next 20 years. To address this challenge of managing ever increasing energy demands, it has become of paramount importance to implement a new more efficient and sustainable energy policy that incorporates a diversified energy mix.
“Today Dubai’s concentration is on gas but for 2030 we want gas to factor around 70% of our energy resources and be complemented by other viable sources such as safer nuclear energy, clean coal, promising renewable energy technologies,” Zaafrani added.