Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) runs its projects according to the highest international standards as its works to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation. It also considers achieving the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability.
“DEWA is committed to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable electricity and water supplies. This is being done by increasing the share of renewable energy, demand side management, and reducing emissions. This achieves the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub of clean energy and green economy.
DEWA collaborates with different public and private organisations to consolidate conservation as a culture and daily behaviour. It encourages individuals to follow a responsible lifestyle in electricity and water consumption. This is in accordance with the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 to reduce 30% of the electricity and water demand by 2030,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
DEWA’s efforts to achieve sustainability resulted in it winning a range of local and international awards. In 2020, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer won the 3G Personality of the Year 2020 award presented by Cambridge IFA in the UK. DEWA received the US SEAL Awards for Environmental Initiatives for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
In 2019, DEWA won the Committed to Sustainability Certificate by the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM). EFQM evaluated five pillars that consist of 20 topics: management and employees; environment; society; partnerships, and customers. DEWA has also won the Energy and Sustainability Bronze Award at the Edison Awards, for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. DEWA was awarded the Sword of Honour for Health and Safety for the 12th time.
The British Safety Council declared DEWA to be the only organisation worldwide to win both the Globe of Honour Award for the Environment and the Sword of Honour for Health and Safety, for eight consecutive years and the first international organisation to win the two prestigious awards at the same time. DEWA also won two awards at the International Green Apple Awards: Green Champion of Water Efficiency; and the Carbon Reduction Category.
DEWA’s Head Office won the Global Energy Management Insight Award 2019 by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). CEM is an international high-level platform that promotes policies and programmes to encourage the use of clean energy.
DEWA won the Sustainability Initiative of the Year award at the Sustainability Awards 2018 by Business Intelligence Group in the USA. In 2017, DEWA won four awards at the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards. DEWA received awards in the categories of Best sustainability and education programme for its Ashir initiative, Best workplace and education programme for its Takaful initiative, and Sustainability Team of the year for the Green Bill, in addition to winning an award for Overall Sustainability.
DEWA also won three awards at the International CSR Excellence Awards: The Gold Award in the Best Initiative category for its Emission Reduction Programme; the Silver Award in CSR for the DEWA Sustainability Report 2015, and the Bronze Award in Education for its Conservation campaigns.
DEWA won the Champions award at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 organised by the UN International Communication Union (ITU). DEWA also won the Training Initiative of the Year Award from the Emirates Green Building Council, for the Carbon Ambassadors Programme. DEWA sponsors the programme to involve youth in environmental and sustainability issues.