Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Undertakes a Number of Activities to mark World Environment Day 2008
Conservation of water and electricity reduces emission of gases harmful to the environment and protects natural resources
In line with its commitment to electricity and water conservation awareness campaigns in Dubai, which encompasses the participation in local, regional and international environmental events, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority organizes a number of activities to raise awareness of World Environment Day, which is celebrated worldwide on June 5th every year as part of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The Authority has organized the screening of the movie “11th Hour” for employees of Dubai Government at Ibn Battuta Mall. A special Booklet to mark this day has also been prepared, which include various tips on how to conserve water and electricity.
Every year, the celebrations to mark World Environment Day take on a new theme that address an environmental issue faced worldwide. One city in the world is chosen every year to host the global celebration of World Environment Day. This year, the city of Wellington in New Zealand has been chosen to be the host city. The slogan for this year’s World Environment Day 2008 is entitled “Kick the Habit – Towards a Low Carbon Economy”, which is the result of the harmful emission of CO2 gas which is believed to be a major cause for global warming and increase the occurrence of climatic changes, all of which have a detrimental effect on our environment today.
On this occasion, HE/ Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said: “Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is deeply committed to following the guidelines laid out by Dubai’s environmental plan, which has been approved by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Following the specifications of Green Buildings, achieving efficiency in the use of electricity, and protecting our natural resources are key drivers of this plan.”
Al Tayer added: “Most human activities rely on the consumption of electricity, which in turn release gases that result in environmental changes witnessed worldwide. The rise in the amount of gases causing global warming has reached alarming levels, a direct consequence of burning fossil fuels to meet human needs. It is now vital for communities to study the environmental effects of these activities, re-examine their actions, and work jointly to reduce the consumption of fuel in an attempt to protect our earth.”
The movie “11th Hour”, which is sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in cooperation with Ibn Battuta Mall, focuses on the environmental effects of abusing available resources, resulting in global warming and its harmful effects on many facets of the environment and daily life. The movie urges the audience to implement solutions that include the conservation of water and electricity and following Green Building specifications, to lower dependence on power and therefore preserve the environment.
The Authority has also prepared a booklet, to be distributed to employees and members of the public, which highlights the World Environment Day significance. The booklet looks at a brief history of the event, and various guidelines that an individual or organization can implement to conserve water and electricity. Specific measures aim to reduce the consumption of water and electricity, especially during peak hours in Dubai, between 1 pm to 5 pm throughout summer months. The booklet also encourages individuals to shut down computers after usage, in order to save electricity that is consumed when the computer is on the stand-by mode.
Eng. Amal Koshak, Manager Investor Services at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said: “The conservation of water and electricity, which is a subject of high importance to the Authority, significantly helps reduce the emission of carbon gases in the atmosphere. We urge all consumers, individuals and organizations, to reduce their consumption of water and electricity, especially during afternoon peak hours in the summer. Residents and organizations in Dubai were able to avert the emission of 60,000 kg of CO2 gas during Earth Hour, which Dubai celebrated last March. We are determined to reduce even larger quantities of these gases through reducing our consumption, in order to protect the environment.”
The Authority urges all employees of organizations in Dubai to shut off their computers and other office equipment after work hours, and refrain from leaving them on stand-by mode, since equipment in that mode still continue to consume electricity. Following these simple measures will lower the consumption of electricity and aid decreasing our dependence on power, as well as reducing our carbon footprint.
The Authority also encourages all residents to follow water and electricity conservation measures, especially during the summer. The Authority has launched the “Best Consumer Award” to reward the residential consumer who achieves the highest savings in water and electricity consumption. The Award contest, which ends August 31st 2008, is open to all who wish to participate.
The significance given to World Environment Day increases year after year, as does the awareness over the issue of global warming that is considered one of the biggest environmental problems facing our environment today. The greatest indicator of this is the increasing numbers of cities, organizations and individuals who celebrate this important event, as well as the hundreds and thousands of individuals who visit the World Environment Day website. To view the latest developments, log on to www.unep.org/wed/2008.
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