Abu Dhabi plans to reduce energy consumption by 2030, here’s how

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy unveils strategy which aims to reduce electricity consumption by up to 22% and water consumption by 32%.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) on Tuesday unveiled a new strategy which aims to reduce electricity consumption by up to 22 percent and water consumption by 32 percent by 2030.

The Abu Dhabi Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy (DSM) 2030 was revealed by DoE and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council on the sidelines of the 24th World Energy Congress.

The nine core DSM programmes include Building Retrofits, Demand Response, Efficient Water Use / Re-use, Building Regulations, Street Lighting, District Cooling, Standards & Labels, Energy Storage, and Rebates & Awareness.

With Abu Dhabi’s energy demand projected to increase steadily over the next decade and consumption rates projected to increase by 1.4 per cent each year until 2035, energy efficiency and rationalisation present key solutions to energy and climate change concerns.

In the context of Abu Dhabi, a rising population and growing economy have been the key factors driving the increase in peak power demand which grew by an average of 8.3 percent per year between 2007 and 2017.

The growth in demand has largely come from a range of industrial and business sector activities and increased exports to the smaller Northern Emirates.

Awaidha Al Marar, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, said: “Launching the Abu Dhabi DSM Strategy 2030… is a great opportunity to showcase the emirate’s continuous efforts to lead the transition towards a secure, reliable and sustainable energy system in line with Abu Dhabi Vision and the UAE national agenda to support UN Sustainable Development Goals and accelerate the Paris Agreement climate change objectives.”

Dr Hilal Humaid Al Kaabi, secretary-general of the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, added: “We are committed to this objective and will be working to achieve it by actively contributing to the Abu Dhabi Demand-Side and Energy Rationalisation Strategy 2030 with a bundle of product and individual conformity programmes.”