UNDP and the United Arab Emirates to reduce Dubai's carbon footprint

Apr 12, 2013

The Union Cement Company (UCC) cement plant in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The CDM project involves the installation of a waste heat recovery system to generate 82 MWh of zero-emission electricity per year.

New York – Harmful carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 1.3 million tonnes over the next 10 years following a doubling of the United Arab Emirates’ project portfolio under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), the five new projects will earn carbon reduction credits in a scheme created under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

The projects span a range of industrial and commercial sectors and involve innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

They will serve as flagship initiatives as the Emirate of Dubai, under the leadership of the Supreme Energy Council, pursues an ambitious low-carbon development strategy.

The five new CDM projects include:
•  An initiative in conjunction with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to improve the energy efficiency of power generation in Dubai through the use of innovative gas turbine cooling technology;
•  Industrial energy efficiency improvement through the use of waste heat in conjunction with Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL);
•  Waste-heat recovery  at the Union Cement Company plant in Ras Al Khaima;
•  The distribution of almost 800,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs free-of-charge to residents of high-density Dubai suburbs;
•  The construction and operation of Dubai’s first solar photovoltaic power plant, paving the way for installation of a further 400MW of grid-connected solar power.

Together, the five projects are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a total of 1.3 million tonnes over the course of their 10-year CDM crediting periods, equivalent to approximately two percent of Dubai’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.

“UNDP’s collaboration with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence has been extremely productive. In successfully registering five CDM projects, we are demonstrating that climate change mitigation need not be an extra cost or slow down economic growth, but can actually represent a successful business model that delivers important development co-benefits,” the Manager of UNDP MDG Carbon, Marcel Alers, said.  “The United Arab Emirates is a leader in promoting sustainable development and we hope these low-carbon activities can be replicated elsewhere in the region.”

The Chairman of DCCE, Waleed Salman, noted: “The registration of these first Dubai-based CDM projects can be seen as a milestone in the low-carbon development of the Emirate and is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as outlined in His Highness’s ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative. The project owners, namely DEWA, DUBAL and Union Cement Company, have shown great commitment and leadership by increasing operational efficiency and environmental sustainability.”

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