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DEWA explores collaboration with World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization for urban sustainability

DEWA CEO partners with WeGO delegations from South Korea to advance urban sustainability through innovative technologies.

DEWA explores collaboration with World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization for urban sustainability
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

As the UAE progresses to strengthen sustainable solutions for mitigating climate change, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is seeking collaboration with the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) based in Seoul, South Korea.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, warmly received a distinguished delegation from WeGO, which included Jung Sook Park, the Secretary-General of WeGO, and Eunbyul Elena Cho, the Head of the Program Department, on Monday. The purpose of the meeting was to engage in discussions regarding cooperation and collaboration in urban sustainability, smart technologies, and innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s strategic plans for achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050. He emphasized that smart cities are crucial in utilizing clean and renewable energy sources, thereby reducing environmental impact and promoting energy efficiency. By embracing smart technologies and sustainable practices, DEWA aims to contribute to realizing these long-term strategies and ensure a greener and more sustainable future for Dubai.

During the meeting, Al Tayer also shared information with the South Korean delegation regarding DEWA’s notable projects, such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This solar park is the largest single-site solar park globally, boasting a remarkable capacity of 2,327 megawatts, accounting for approximately 15.7% of the city’s total power capacity. Furthermore, Al Tayer revealed DEWA’s ambitious plan to expand the solar park’s capacity to an impressive 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

Additionally, Al Tayer emphasized DEWA’s advanced smart grid systems, which incorporate cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, energy storage, and the Internet of Things. These technologies enable DEWA to achieve superior energy efficiency and reliability, surpassing its counterparts in Europe and America.

Furthermore, to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), DEWA launched the EV Green Charger initiative in 2015, installing over 370 charging stations across Dubai.

DEWA has set an ambitious target of reaching 1,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2025. Recognizing DEWA’s dedication to clean energy, the WeGO delegation expressed their keenness to enhance cooperation with DEWA in urban sustainability, smart technologies, and innovative solutions. Their support aligns with Dubai’s vision of becoming a smart and sustainable city.

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