Dubai: Dubai Municipality has supplied 700 Dubai Lamps to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), helping the authority to save an estimated Dh31,000 in electricity bills per year.
The move follows the agreement signed by the civic body last month with a number of government and private organisations and strategic partners for the installation of Dubai Lamp on their premises. The entities are switching to the “world’s most energy-efficient commercially available LED lamps” that have been manufactures by Philips in collaboration with Dubai Municipality.
The RTA is the first strategic partner of the municipality to install the Dubai Lamps in its buildings and facilities, Dubai Municipality said in a press release on Thursday.
By replacing 700 lamps with Dubai lamp, RTA will save Dh31,000 in the electricity bills that are currently being paid, in addition to reducing 66 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to planting 250,000 square metres of green space or the equivalent of the volume of consumption of electricity for ten houses per year.
Ahmad Saeed Al Badwawi, director of Applied Sustainability and Renewable Energy Department at Dubai Municipality, said the move comes as a follow up of the project launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, through Dubai Future Accelerators, which will save about Dh400 million worth of energy consumed every year once 10 million lamps are replaced in Dubai by 2021.
He added that Dubai 2030 plan aims to increase the consumption of clean energy by 30 per cent, saving around 1,000 GW per year and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 16 per cent by 2021, thus contributing to environmental protection. The Dubai Lamp serves these strategies in terms of reducing consumption of 90 per cent energy and reduces 640 kilotonnes of CO2 emissions by 2021, he said.
Abdul Rahman Al Janahi, director of RTA’s Assets Management Department, said: “The lamp will be used effectively in the buildings, facilities and amenities of RTA to rationalise and reduce energy consumption, especially since the life of the lamp is 25,000 hours depending on the standard usage measures.”