Dubai Electricity and Water Authority signs MoU to boost...
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is looking to champion the cause of sustainable building after signing an agreement with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two organisations will conduct research and development, training, and promotion of green buildings.
The benchmark DEWA will be using is the Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a standard set by the US Green Building Council.
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HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, commented: “The MoU with GBCI is part of our efforts to promote cooperation with international organisations and work together to establish the foundations of environmental sustainability.
“This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050, and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.”
DEWA has already set up Etihad ESCO, an organisation dedicated to helping retrofit 30,000 existing buildings in Dubai.
Around $8.17bn is to be invested in the scheme, which DEWA says will return $22.32bn in savings.
The firm’s building in Al Quoz, in the west of the emirate, is the world’s largest government building to be platinum LEED-certified. The building uses 66% less energy and 48% less water and features an on-site 660 kW solar power plant.
DEWA is also in the process of building its new headquarters, which it says will be the tallest, largest, and smartest zero energy building in the world.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.