ABU DHABI, The Ministry of Energy and Industry conducted the first introductory workshop on the National Energy and Water Demand Programme, as part of its efforts to realise the key goals of the National Energy Strategy 2050 and the National Water Security Strategy 2036.

Fatima Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Electricity and Future Energy, said that the programme is in its second phase, following the completion of the strategies and delivery of the goals of a national plan of action to reduce the demand on water and energy.

She also highlighted the other key enablers of achieving the same goal, which includes the National Rationalisation Campaign, the Governance Framework and other relevant national policies.

The National Energy Strategy 2050 aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50 percent, saving AED700 billion by 2050. It also seeks to increase the consumption efficiency of individuals and corporations by 40 percent.

The Water Security Strategy 2036 aims to reduce the total demand for water resources by 21 percent, increase the water productivity index to US$110 per cubic metre, reduce the water scarcity index by three degrees, increase the reuse of treated water to 95 percent, and increase the national water storage capacity by up to two days.

The strategy focusses on three main programmes - the Water Demand Management Programme, the Water Supply Management Programme and the Emergency Production and Distribution Programme.

The strategy also aims to tackle policy development, legislation and water conservation awareness campaigns, as well as the use of advanced technologies, innovation and national capabilities in the area of water security.

Source: Emirates News Agency