EWEC leading energy sector decarbonisation efforts and driving towards net zero

EWEC leading energy sector decarbonisation efforts and driving towards net zero

ABU DHABI, 24th April, 2023 (WAM) – Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has increased its supply of clean, sustainable energy to Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates from 60% to over 80% in a remarkable achievement. At the end of last year, EWEC supplied 8.6 GW of energy from renewable solar and nuclear energy sources.

This success is attributed to EWEC's rapidly growing portfolio of renewable and low-carbon intensive projects, which are transforming the UAE's energy landscape. The UAE's energy transition is not only aimed at achieving its target of net zero by 2050, but also at achieving a diverse, resilient energy mix to meet future needs. The gross peak power demand in the UAE is expected to rise by up to 30% between 2022 and 2029 due to increased industrial activity and population growth.

Easa Alzarooni, System Operations Executive Director of EWEC, explained, “EWEC is committed to driving the development of major, world-leading strategic energy projects to ensure a reliable and secure supply of sustainable water and electricity. In addition to creating a green future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE, EWEC is also serving as a global example of how low-carbon intensive and efficient water and electricity production can be achieved at pace.”

Noor Abu Dhabi, the largest single-site solar power plant in the world, has enabled the production of enough renewable electricity to meet the demands of 90,000 people. The new Al Dhafra Solar PV project will surpass Noor Abu Dhabi as the world’s largest single-site solar power plant when fully operational, generating enough electricity to power up to 160,000 homes and reducing Abu Dhabi’s CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tonnes per year - the equivalent of removing 470,000 cars from roads.

“EWEC is not only ensuring the security of supply, but we are also transforming the sustainability of our generation portfolio and system operations. Our strategic actions will result in our CO2 emissions decreasing from 40 million tonnes in 2020 to 20 million tonnes by 2025, a significant 50 per cent reduction,” added Alzarooni.

As a result of its upcoming increased solar power capacity and low-carbon intensive reverse osmosis desalination, EWEC expects its average CO2 intensity from electricity generation to fall from 0.33 kilograms per kilowatt-hour (kg/kWh) in 2019 to an estimated 0.19kg/kWh by 2029. Water production emissions intensity is also expected to fall from 11.5 kilograms per cubic metre (kg/m3) to an estimated 1.4kg/m3 over this same time frame.

EWEC is leading Abu Dhabi’s transition to low-carbon-intensive water and electricity production. Its ability to meet 80 per cent of total power demand using renewable and clean energy during the ‘Year of Sustainability’ and in the run-up to COP28 is a testament to EWEC’s commitment to realising the future vision of the UAE’s wise leadership for a sustainable future.