Savings on electricity and water achieved in Dubai between 2009 and 2016 amount to $263.2m (AED967m), it has been revealed.
Customers of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) saved more than 1.5 terawatt-hours (TW/h) of electricity and 6.2 billion gallons of water during the period.
The generated savings resulted in offsetting around 831,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which equates to planting 944,000 trees.
DEWA programmes, initiatives, and awareness campaigns helped reduce electricity and water consumption by 19% and 28% respectively in the residential sector between 2009 and 2016.
Consumption of electricity and water in the commercial sector reduced by 10% and 30% respectively, and by 15% and 21% in the industrial sector.
Electricity and water consumption was reduced by 9% and 24% respectively in the educational institutions sector, and government and semi-government organisations achieved savings of 12% on electricity consumption and 21% on water consumption.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said efforts will continue to drive up the emirate's sustainability quotient.
"Despite the big savings achieved in electricity and water, the ultimate goal is to consolidate a culture of energy conservation amongst all members of society," he added, according to Dubai Media Office.