Thursday, May 5, 2011

DEWA & KHDA honour winner’s outstanding saving rates



 Saving 41 million kWh and 500 million
gallons in electricity and water consumption

Dubai Thursday 5th May 2011: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in partnership
with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced today that
participation in the coveted ‘Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow, 2010-2011’
achieved outstanding energy-saving performance in all categories of the campaign aimed at
educational institutions.

The ceremony was attended by HE Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA,
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General, KHDA and
accompanied by senior officials from the education field, DEWA and representatives from
the winnings schools, students and parents.

Speaking at the awards HE Al Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA
explained; “The DEWA conservation strategy is aligned with the vision and strategy of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime
Minister and Ruler of Dubai to sustain Dubai as a centre of business and finance and
support the growth of sustainability. DEWA has succeeded to consolidate the environmental
sustainability concept which reflects on the reduction in consumption of electricity and water
in different sectors in Dubai which have supported DEWA in adopting and implementing
more than 35 environmental initiatives in commitment to saving the natural resources and
building a sustainable future for Planet Earth.”

HE Al Tayer continued: “All initiatives done by DEWA are effective tools to spread the
conservation culture. Targeting the education sector is a tool to create a positive effect
between students and everyone within the educational community by building a young
generation that is aware of the importance of saving natural resources and the rational
consumption to save Dubai’s future.”

HE Al Tayer also added: “The success of the ‘Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow’
since 2005-2006 is proof of the success and productive partnership between DEWA and
the KHDA. We all have to work together today to fight one of the greatest threats facing
Planet Earth, climate change and to secure a safe environment for the future of the country.
We are looking forward to instilling the conservation attitude through engaging all social
sectors in initiatives and to see mature generations dealing with utilities and believing in the
environment issue.”

Millions of gallons of water and kilowatts of electricity have been saved as a result of the

extraordinary measures adopted by the children, students, teaching staff, faculty members

and parents participating in the 2010-2011 awards. Combined efforts reached a record
saving-rate of 10,774,239 kWh of electricity and 229,260,970 gallons (IG) of water, the
equivalent to 6,465 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 7,305 trees to offset or 295,185 CFL
bulbs.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General at KHDA,
said: “In the world today we face a lot of challenges because of the shortage of resources.
These challenges provide a very big role for educational institutions, to encourage
awareness about the importance of how we use our resources.

“This award, which is the result of co-operation between DEWA and KHDA, reflects the
measurement of the use of electricity and water in schools. These measurements are the
findings which have shown us who our winners are. This shows how this award uses a
scientific approach as well as supporting accountability and transparency.

“Building a culture within a student that the use of precious resources is an important factor
in his or her life is the same as teaching any value. This is one of life’s big values; we are
not talking about a small thing. Our children will be our ambassadors in the future and it is
important that we nurture this value with care.”

Speaking on the Conservation Award, Amal Koshak, Senior Manager Demand & Tariff
Management, and founder of the Conservation Award said: “Winning this award is not easy
especially as regulations and standards are reviewed every year.” Amal Koshak spoke
about the increase in the awareness level by everyone in the education sector towards the
importance of conservation and environmental sustainability. Amal continued: “What we
witness now from the achievements of an increasing number of educational institutions
reflects the great influence on society. We have succeeded in communicating the awards
in the minds of the Dubai community and convey its messages to the target categories of
students, teachers and officials in the education sector”.

This year the Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow was further increased in scope
by broadening the categories to include Special Needs Centres, Nurseries and Adult
Centres. In total the Award attracted: 84 public schools, 111 private schools, 46 universities
and faculties, 91 nurseries, 5 special needs centres and 6 adult centres in the 2010-2011
programme.

The Conservation Award - For A Better Tomorrow is one of the most coveted conservation
initiatives in the Emirate, receiving the Dubai Government Excellence Award 2009 in
recognition for outstanding savings achieved and the increased number of participants.

Since commencing in 2005-2006 the ‘Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow’ has
achieved a combined energy saving rate of 41,187,631 kWh of electricity and 526,423,047
gallons (IG) of water, the equivalent to 24,713 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 27,925
trees to offset, 1,128,428 CFL bulbs and 957 filled-up Olympic swimming pools.

For information on how to enter the Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow 2011-
1212 visit www.dewa.gov.ae

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