Dubai's DEWA opens registration for 14th Conservation Award

Dubai's DEWA opens registration for 14th Conservation Award
Published: 1 October 2019 - 10:15 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened registration for the 14th Conservation Award under the theme ‘For a better tomorrow’. The Award is being organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE); the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA); and Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO). The Award recognises the efforts of the educational sector on the rational use of resources and to limit waste, to coincide with the start of the academic year in Dubai. Through the Conservation Award, DEWA targets all educational institutions, believing that they are the perfect ground to cultivate the seeds of conservation until it grows and thrives in the community.

The Conservation Award includes four categories: Distinguished Educational Institution in Conservation, Distinguished Conservation Leader, Distinguished Conservation Team, Distinguished Conservation Project who can win prizes amounting to AED 180,000.

“The Conservation Award sets an example for collaboration between public and private organisations in Dubai, aligning with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We are pleased to have this fruitful cooperation with the MOE and KHDA to support the objectives of the long-term national initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’. We are also proud to contribute to the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 and the UAE Vision 2021 to have a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, the conservation of water resources, and increasing our dependence on clean energy. The Award also supports the Dubai Plan 2021, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021. In its 13th edition, 459 educational institutions (public and private) have been targeted. since its launch till now, the award has honoured 191 educational institutes in Dubai and we always look forward to more collaboration and joint efforts for greater accomplishments,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“DEWA places environmental protection and the sustainability of natural resources at the top of its priorities. It launches an integrated set of initiatives, programmes, and awareness-raising activities throughout the year for all customers on the importance of rationalising electricity and water use. The aim is to encourage society members to adopt a conscious and responsible lifestyle of rationalising electricity and water use to mitigate the effects of climate change. This will support the national efforts to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources for generations to come,” said Al Tayer.

HE Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, affirmed that the Ministry is committed to instill conservation culture in next generations, in line with international effort to save energy. HE praised DEWA’s effort and ongoing commitment to spread conservation culture among all sectors in society. HE pointed that “the Ministry is committed to collaborating with DEWA, KHDA and all public and private entities that have a shared development sustainable vision to spread the culture of conservation in the education sector (schools, universities and institutions). The Ministry believes in the importance of enhancing the concept of conservation to protect natural resources for a brighter and safer future for generations to come”.

“The savings achieved by educational institutions proves the role of the Award in sustainability, and protection of natural and national resources. It has succeeded in enhancing awareness of the environment among students and community members. The rational use of national resources has become a daily practice, especially among youth and students as they are the leaders of the future and the core of comprehensive sustainable development. Current statistics show that the UAE’s water consumption is amongst the highest per capita consumption in the world. Thus, it is important to join forces to reduce our consumption by raising awareness, so everyone benefits from the conservation methods,” HE Al Hammadi added.

“'Conservation Award - For A Better Tomorrow' spreads the importance of maintaining unrenewable natural resources, enhance sustainability among students and members of community. Sustainability is one of Expo Dubai 2020's three key subthemes. This motivates us to work together to keep natural resources,” said HE Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KHDA. HE Al Karam pointed that the positive participation of students, families and education institutions in the award and the savings achieved in consumption of unrenewable energy resources are our joint message to next generations, that we can ensure a better future for them, to live in interactive and sustainable world.

“in line with our commitment to enhance quality of life of our students and communities. We continue our ongoing partnership with 'Conservation Award - For A Better Tomorrow', enhance our students’ effort as they are conservation ambassadors in society. This comes in line with Dubai’s future goals as the city of the future. Our students spread the culture of sustainability and environment protection to be part of daily practices among all members of society. We appreciate DEWA’s efforts to achieve the goals of the award, enhance positive collaboration among public and private organisations which participate as partners in the awards,” HE Al Karam added.

From 2005 till 2018, DEWA has organised 1610 lectures, benefiting nearly 381,000 students. The savings achieved by educational establishments, students and faculty during this period amounted to 283GWh of electricity, and 1.7 billion gallons of water, contributing to the reduction of 152,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. These cumulative savings are equivalent to approximately AED 192 million. For more information and to take part in the 14th Conservation Award, please visit www.dewa.gov.ae

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