In a context of high dependency on energy imports and the fast growth of the economy, optimization of energy demand is a strategic priority for the Emirate. It moderates the need for expansion of generation capacity, and frees up resources for strategic investments and spends. At the same time, Demand Side Management creates new jobs and capabilities in the field of energy efficiency which will be useful in the long run, supports safety and the environment through best practices and lower emissions, and contributes to the idea of Dubai as a smart city through its reliance on new technologies.
The DSM strategy is composed of 8 distinct programs that contribute to the target savings.
The deployment of the programs is supported by a series of enablers or implementation mechanisms.
A key mechanism that has been broadly adopted in the strategy is the principle of "governing by example", whereby the government places the first steps in new initiatives, building success cases and developing an initial market which the private sector can then leverage in subsequent phases.
Remarkable examples of this approach are the initial test of the Dubai Green Building Regulations (DGBR - mandatory for government entities only in the initial years), and the implementation of the retrofit program (supported by a Directive for government entities).
The government of Dubai is committed to achieving ambitious energy and water consumption savings targets, associated with the implementation of the 8 DSM programs. At the end of the foreseen journey, in 2030, we expect savings of about 19 TWh of power and 46 BIG of water compared to business as usual. These overarching goals of savings are the sum of individual program targets.