It was announced on Thursday that about 30,000 students hailing from public and private schools have retained the distinction of saving on a massive quotient of electricity and water use.
The savings are to the tune of a whopping Dh 24 million and reflect the concerted efforts of the students. It was during the 13th edition of the Conservation Award that the students broke records this year as 27.732 students from 459 schools saved 34.2 gigawatt hours of electricity and 188 million imperial gallons of water, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 19,000 tonnes. The event was hosted by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).
The winners of the event were honored and presented cash awards of up to Dh 400,000 by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa.
The Award acknowledges the efforts of educational institutions that set the precedent in establishing practices that save water and electricity. The event is held every year in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Also present at the ceremony were Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, senior government officials and faculty members.