Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar, Chairman of the Department of Energy – Abu Dhabi, said the department will reveal an integrated energy model that follows the latest international standards during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019.
Speaking to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Al Marar said the department has developed an integrated strategy to set the scene for accelerated development and investment across all platforms, including all forms of transportation – air, land and maritime – as well industry, oil and gas, water, and urban development, taking into consideration the impact of the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and other external influences on the society.
“The new model is based on consultations that have been conducted with our partners in both the private and public sectors. It is aimed at ensuring the most efficient use of energy sources, and a cost-effective provision of water and electricity,” he explained.
“The Department of Energy is seeking to strike a balance between consumption and production,” he said, noting that the household water usage did not see any hike last year, especially in Al Ain despite the population growth, thanks to public awareness.
“The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has a clear-cut road map to utilise its advanced infrastructure in the best possible way to meet societal needs in a way that ensures sustainable development across all sectors,” he noted, adding that the department is collaborating with all its key partners to develop green transportation solutions.
“There are now more than 50 electric vehicle charging stations in Abu Dhabi,” he said and expected this number to multiply to 100 this year.
Renewables will account for seven percent of the energy mix after the operation of the Noor Abu Dhabi solar power plant in April, he said, referring to a number of solar and nuclear projects currently underway to raise renewables’ contribution to the energy mix to 28 percent by 2025 in line with the Energy Plan 2050, to increase the contribution of clean energy to 50 percent.