Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has directed all government institutions to ensure 10% of all its new fleet vehicles are hybrid or electric vehicles.
This will support the government target of make 2% of all vehicles hybrid or electric by 2020. By 2030, the target will rise to 10%.
According to a Dubai Media Office release, this will help reduce total carbon emissions in Dubai by 2021 by 19%.
The new directive was announced by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy at a recent meeting between with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality.
The meeting was attended by several other officials, including H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman; H E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council; H E Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Supreme Council; Saif Humaid al Falasi, CEO of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Khalid Mohammed Sharif, assistant director general for the health, safety and environment control division at Dubai Municipality; Waleed Salman, vice chairman of the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee; and Nasser Abu Shehab, CEO of the strategy and corporate governance sector at the Roads and Transport Authority.
The government also plans to introduce 'green bank loans, green insurance plans, attractive EV prices' to encorage the purchase of electric vehicles among motorists, Gulf News reported.