Almost all of the major Dubai infrastructure units in the near future will be re-equipped to improve their energy efficiency and rational use of energy for their maintenance, for which government agencies will spend US $ 20 million.
The modernization program will engage Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Port DP World, as well as Wasl Asset Management Group with a number of projects in their real estate portfolio.
All these facilities reconstruction will be carried out by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Two years ago, a special division of DEWA, Etihad Energy Services, was created for this purpose, and today it settled contracts with the abovementioned enterprises and organizations to make their headquarters and buildings energy-efficient.
The widespread introduction of new energy-saving technologies that also significantly reduce waste and improve city environment, is one of the priority directions in the emirate’s further development. Two years ago the government of Dubai has taken a long-term strategy, suggesting that by 2030 energy consumption in the emirate will reduce by 30%. And since, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), residential buildings account for 40% of energy consumption, the introduction of energy-saving technologies is the key factor in overall real estate development.
According to the Dubai Green Building Council, from 30, 000 to 120, 000 buildings in Dubai have a high potential for energy savings. And in the near future 254 commercial properties in Dubai Jebel Ali Free Zone will undergo renovation with much more in prospect. At present, the UAE accounts for a large share of the total carbon footprints air pollution. The more urgent is the emirate authorities’ intention to improve its environmental performance.