DUBAI, -- Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Philips Lighting, during the first day of the 18th Water Technology, Energy and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2016).

This is part of DEWA's efforts to enhance innovation and support green development in Dubai. This will enhance co-operation, and exchange skills and knowledge about the latest connected lighting systems and services for buildings, in addition to reducing energy consumption.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Paolo Cervini, President of Philips Lighting, Middle East and Turkey, signed the MoU, under which DEWA works to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a global hub for green economy and renewable energy.

"This supports our efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, shapes the energy sector in Dubai over the next three decades and provides a sustainable model for energy conservation, which supports economic growth without damaging the environment or its natural resources. It will also help to transform Dubai into the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. We are also working to achieve the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. The strategy aims to reduce energy demand by 30 percent by 2030," Al Tayer said.

"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to ensure environmental sustainability and strengthen the Emirate's shift towards a green economy. We are also involved in disseminating green practices to rationalise the consumption of electricity and water in Dubai to become part of people's lifestyles. We are glad to co-operate with Philips Lighting, one of the leading organisations committed to instilling a culture of sustainability," Al Tayer added.

"For a sustainable future we, as a society, need to address the issues related to climate change. The more we can collaborate with like-minded partners to develop and implement the latest innovations in technology, the more solutions we can find to our planet's most pressing issues. In collaboration with DEWA, Philips's innovations will support Dubai in its transformation towards a smart city that is sustainable, liveable, and connected," Cervini remarked.

"Lighting is one area where we know we can make a difference, and our work with DEWA across its Jebel Ali and Al Aweer power plants has been a shining example of the gains to be made with energy-efficient LED solutions for buildings, where a saving of 75 percent has been achieved. We look forward to unveiling further announcements and projects as we work towards our shared goals, particularly in the field of connected lighting," Cervini added.

This agreement comes at a time when DEWA has made significant advances in adopting the latest renewable and clean energy systems, smart grids and spreading sustainability, and the principles and concepts of the smart city. MoUs like this that DEWA signs help it to achieve its goals.

Source: Emirates News Agency