DP World promotes solar energy usage
With work underway to construct 88,000 rooftop panels on DP World’s Dubai facilities, the company’s CEO has emphasised the importance of solar energy.
The project aims to provide enough clean power to save 22,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the group’s chairman and CEO, explained DP World has a huge opportunity to make a major positive impact in the areas its works. To both improve people’s lives and protect the environment, a key way it is aiming to achieve this is through the use of solar energy.
“The numerous benefits of solar energy include reduced carbon use, cleaner air and less pollution for local residents, as well as the face that installing solar panels helps create local jobs,” said Sultan Sulayem.
He added: “As part of our global commitment to working sustainably, brought together under the Our World, Our Future programme, we have commissioned what will be the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East.
“Work has now begun to construct 88,000 rooftop photolytic (PV) panels on our Dubai facilities, with phase one set for completion in June 2017.”
DP World’s energy push will contribute towards the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030. It also supports UAE Vision 2021 for sustainable environment, which is the nation initiative for building green economy.
With 77 terminals in over 40 countries, the company has significant scope to implement the learnings from its projects across all operations.
Its knowledge from the solar scheme will be shared to help develop supply chain capabilities for both its own operations and those of our stakeholders.
Sultan Sulayem concluded: “Investment in global clean energy is gathering pace as new technologies make it more commercially viable. For example, in 2015 a record $329bn was invested in global clean energy around the world.”
“But there is still much to be done. We will continue to innovate and work with partners to help achieve even more. By sharing and implementing the learnings from this landmark solar programme, we will help build more sustainable ways of working.”
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