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Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity companies reinforce their role as a driving force during Abu Dhabi sustainability week

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Abu Dhabi, UAE : Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity companies – under the leadership of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) – concluded their successful participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020 as Strategic Partner in the annual global sustainability gathering, during which they reinforced the sector’s vital role as a driving force for sustainability in the United Arab Emirates. ADPower’s operating companies demonstrated several sustainable programs, initiatives, technologies and projects being implemented across their operations, in addition to making several announcements, including new partnerships and the launch of a new ADPower subsidiary.

The sector’s exhibition stand was a major attraction throughout the week, welcoming visitors, suppliers, partners and government officials that included H.E. Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy and Industry; H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; and H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Markets. As part of their visit, the ministers welcomed 95 trainees from the sector’s bespoke Graduate Training Program, a professional competency-based training program that acts as an incubator to nurture the next generation of Emirati leaders, to occupy critical roles in the transformation of the water and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking at the event, Jasim Husain Thabet, ADPower CEO and Managing Director, said: “We are proud of the water and electricity sector’s success at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, where ADPower’s operating companies highlighted the critical role we play in driving sustainability in the industry. We displayed sustainability achievements and initiatives, and engaged the global sustainability community around multiple sustainability pillars, such as youth empowerment, energy efficiency, community development and water consumption, to name a few.’’

“Our operating companies will continue to participate in global sustainability developments and accelerate the sector’s transformation in order to meet the increasing demand for water and electricity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” added Jasim.

Among the most prominent elements of the sector’s ADSW stand was the History Of the Sector and Transformation Tunnel stations, interactive experiences that provided visitors with an immersive opportunity to learn more about the water and electricity sector’s evolution, beginning with the establishment of Abu Dhabi’s first power station, passing through the sector’s current transformation into an efficient, reliable and sustainable system that generates value and is fit for the future.

At ADSW, ADPower and its operating companies announced a range of new partnerships and initiatives, including the launch of ADPower’s new operating company, Abu Dhabi Energy Services Company (ADES), which was created in order to enable the retrofitting of existing buildings to help reduce their energy and water consumption.

As part of the water and electricity sector’s engagement at ADSW’s World Future Energy Summit, ADPower’s operating companies highlighted a range of sustainability projects:

  • Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) demonstrated how its solar power initiatives provide real environmental benefits. EWEC’s plan for a 2 GW solar plant, to be located in the Al Dhafra region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will further reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year. This would be the equivalent of removing over 340,000 cars from the roads.
  • Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) announced it successfully began the supply of approximately 4.4 million imperial gallons per day of recycled water to Saadiyat Island for landscaping, significantly reducing its reliance on desalinated water.
  • Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC) unveiled a Smart Water-Consumption Management System, which reduces unnecessary water loss while waiting for hot water, and demonstrated its Live-Line Maintenance program, which reduces disruption to power services during routine maintenance.

 

  • Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) virtually activated the new Siemens Sensformer at its Al Foah site and is the first time the technology has been used in the UAE and the Middle East. This project supports the transformation of a digitally enhanced energy system.

As part of the sector’s ADSW Strategic Partnership, ADPower’s operating companies supported a range of platforms that drive sustainability, including the key pillar of human capital, whereby several of the operating companies’ female professionals participated in the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) program. Six of the sector’s professionals were selected for the WiSER Pioneers Program, which offers women access to an advanced training and development program, aimed at empowering female sustainability professionals and providing them with access to sustainability experts. And at ADSW’s Youth 4 Sustainability Forum, ADPower and its operating companies reinforced their commitment to empowering young Emirati professionals.

The water and electricity sector has been undergoing a comprehensive transformation into an efficient, reliable and financially sustainable system that generates value and is fit for the future. Sustainability is one of the core elements of this transformation, with the sector responsible for identifying solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges, including water scarcity and reducing carbon emissions.

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About Abu Dhabi Power Corporation

Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) is a public joint stock company overseeing the financial and operational performance of Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity sector. ADPower’s subsidiaries include Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO), Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), Al Mirfa Power Company (AMPC) and the ADX-listed Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). ADPower is mandated with the transformation of Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity sector into a reliable, efficient, sustainable, value-generating system that is fit for the future.

© Press Release 2020

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