Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recorded saving 178 megawatts of electricity and 74 tonnes of CO2 emissions during the emirate’s Earth Hour this year.
Held on March 28 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, the Earth Hour has millions of people and establishments reducing their electric consumption by switching off lights, appliances and other electronics.
Hotels such as Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments Dubai took part, asking both guests and staff to minimise lighting in the property and switch off devices.
"DEWA has been organising Earth Hour since 2008, in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council," Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, said according to state news agency WAM.
"Earth Hour aims to make conservation of electricity and water a daily practice to cut carbon emissions and combat environmental challenges such as climate change, global warming, and the unprecedented reduction in biodiversity," Al Tayer added.Since its inception, Earth Hour has saved 2.2 terawatt-hours of electricity and 7.8 billion gallons water, equal to a saving of AED1.3 billion. The savings also equal the total consumption of 327,000 apartments in electricity and 250,000 apartments in water annually.