Energy efficiency in the UAE
Utilities-me, August 19, 2015. Image credit: laddhaashish20030
The UAE’s gross domestic electricity consumption has more than doubled over the past 10 years, and is expected to grow even more rapidly over the next five years as the country undergoes substantial population and economic growth, according to a study by management consultancy Strategy&, formerly Booz & Company.
The study reveals that energy usage in the UAE has grown at an annual average of 4% over the past six years, and is projected to increase to 5% through 2020.
The study reveals that there have been commendable efforts on behalf of UAE governments to manage energy consumption. For example – Abu Dhabi has deployed an advanced electric metering system that monitors usage over time, and encourages customers to reduce consumption. Similarly, Dubai now has several interrelated programs in place to substantially reduce electricity consumption.
Another important feature of smart cities is transportation, an area in which technology has advanced dramatically. The UAE is encouraging the use of electric cars and building the necessary infrastructure to support them.
A second essential aspect to consider is improving building efficiency, also referred to as “green” or “sustainable” construction. In Dubai, the government has issued a set of green building regulations and specifications that cover planning, the use of resources, materials, and waste.
The third aspect of energy efficiency involves water consumption and desalination processes. Water consumption in the UAE is about 740 cubic meters per capita per annum, or roughly 50 % higher than the 500 m3 pcpa world average. Also, the energy required to desalinate seawater represents approximately 30% of the country’s total yearly power consumption.