Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority steps-up energy efficiency

DUBAI, 19th January, 2016 (WAM) — Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, DSOA, today announced its achievements in the promotion of energy efficiency, in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, becoming the first free zone to realise the ambitious goals stipulated.

DSOA has succeeded in reducing cumulative energy consumption by 31 percent while the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 has set a target of 30 percent. Additionally, Silicon Oasis is currently implementing a number of key initiatives, in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, that aims to promote energy efficiency while reducing operational costs, contributing to the ambitions of Dubai and the wider UAE of achieving a reduced carbon footprint.

Speaking on the achievements, Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA, said, “We are proud of the success we have achieved to date and will continue our efforts to further contribute to a field we are all completely invested in. We strongly believe that achievements must be followed with greater goals that will lead to greater achievements.”

He added, “In line with both the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that have been announced lately by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we are further developing our smart and environmental friendly initiatives to reduce operational costs and increase clean energy usage within DSO premises. Through effectively contributing to these public initiatives, we demonstrate our commitment to establishing a sustainable model of energy conservation that offers an environment-friendly location for business partners, residents and visitors.”

DSOA’s switch-over of approximately 8,000 traditional lights to LED lighting has contributed to reducing power consumption by 1,178 megawatts, amounting to 23 percent of the total consumption. It will develop an energy management centre to better implement energy management practices and step-up efficiency to ensure a cumulative power saving greater than 28 percent by the end of 2016. Furthermore, DSOA is working on increasing the number of LED lights to 10,000 bulbs within the same timeframe.

In April 2015, DSOA installed its first charging station for electric vehicles at its headquarters in collaboration with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA. In addition, DSOA has recently installed a second charging station at one of its residential buildings, while a third station is currently under installation at the Ceder Community Centre at DSO.

DSOA’s efforts articulate DEWA’s goals outlined at the inauguration of the first charging station at DEWA headquarters – as part of phase one – to install 16 charging stations for public use. The charging stations encourage people to purchase or rent zero emission electric cars. The stations will also be used to power electric vehicles used by on-ground security patrols and facilities management units within DSO.

Until the end of October 2015, the park had reduced CO2 emissions by 60,000 tons based on utility savings and reduction of trips taken by security patrols, facilities management fleet and garbage collection vehicles. Through the use of electric cars, DSOA aims to further reduce CO2 gas emissions by an additional 20 percent to reach a total of 72,000 tons by the end of 2020.

In October 2015, DSOA, in collaboration with du, installed smart street lights on its roads, becoming the first entity across the UAE to implement smart technology in such scale. Using motion sensors, the smart street lights provide 25 percent visibility until triggered to full power by approaching vehicles and pedestrians, allowing for less energy consumption. This is expected to prolong the life of electric bulbs and reduce the operational costs and carbon impact. Additional sensors can be added to the street lights to collect and share information and data on the surrounding environment, such as pollution and weather conditions, or even relay CCTV footage, advertising messages and/or safety warnings.