Expo City Dubai takes a green leap: Powered entirely by renewable energy

Expo City Dubai takes a green leap: Powered entirely by renewable energy

Thursday 23 November 2023Wed 16 Feb
Expo City Dubai takes a green leap: Powered entirely by renewable energy

Dubai has officially become synonymous with sustainability and consistent green efforts as the city is moving toward making itself more sustainable and eco-friendly with the environment.

What makes this even better is that a lot of foreign investors and new residents have taken note to make this innovative and green city their new home. Not to mention, there are so many new sustainable properties on the horizon too.

But the line doesn’t stop at properties, now Expo City Dubai has joined forces with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to transition to 100% renewable energy too! This significant step also aligns with Dubai's ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, showcasing the city's commitment to a greener future, as well as making Expo City a fully green community.

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The Expo City renewable energy plan is focused on expanding on its existing on-site renewable energy capacity, and will now receive a steady supply of solar energy from DEWA through International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) sourced from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The plan is to provide over 100,000 megawatt-hours of power, and this initiative’s best part is to set the stage for a sustainable future, with plans to incorporate additional I-RECs to meet the growing energy needs of the community.

Reem Al Hashimy, who is the UAE Minister of International Cooperation and CEO of Expo City Dubai Authority, also added to the significance of this move in balancing urban development with environmental sustainability. She said "As the global population continues to gravitate towards urban centres, it is critical these centres balance meeting the needs of their communities with environmental sustainability – a strategic priority for the UAE."

Why transition?

This transition to renewable energy is not just a symbolic gesture but a practical move that will positively impact Expo City's tenants, future residents, and the multitude of events hosted on-site. The shift comes at a crucial time as Expo City Dubai prepares to host the COP28 summit, reinforcing its commitment to a carbon-neutral event and supporting the global transition to clean energy.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, who is the CEO of DEWA, highlighted the collaboration as a groundbreaking step towards sustainable development, aligning with Dubai's commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. "By supplying Expo City with solar energy through I-RECs from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, we support the vision of leadership for Expo City Dubai to be a futuristic sustainable city," he said.

Al Tayer also underlined the remarkable capabilities of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a current clean energy capacity of 2,627 megawatts and plans to reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030. This transition not only reduces carbon emissions but also positions Expo City Dubai as a global leader in sustainable urban development.

The signing ceremony, graced by the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, marked a historic moment for Expo City Dubai.

What an impressive initiative?

In the journey towards a greener future, Expo City Dubai's commitment to renewable energy sets a commendable example for sustainable urban planning, emphasising that progress and environmental responsibility can go hand in hand.

As Expo City prepares to shine on the global stage during COP28, its dedication to clean energy sends a powerful message to the world – a message of hope and determination for a sustainable and eco-friendly future.

Want to know more about Expo City and the upcoming Cop28?

Click here to read more on the new projects in Expo City, or explore more here to find out about Cop28

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