RTA to cut back on power consumption in 2011

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Source:  www.khaleejtimes.com

The Power Rationalizing Team at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has developed clear-cut plans to cut back on power consumption across RTA agencies, beside following-up and reviewing measures and mechanisms in place to assess the implementation by RTA agencies.

RTA DubaiThe Team is also playing an effective role in rationalizing the power consumption in the Committee tasked with reduction of power consumption at the Dubai government level headed by the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) to ensure the best practices in this field.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Ali, Director of RTA Buildings and Facilities, Head of RTA Power Rationalizing Team, said: “The committee has been formed in line with the strategy of Dubai Government with the aim of achieving sustainable development and cutting power consumption. RTA power management is aligned with the best global standards and recommendations of DEWA with regard to the instructions and guidance of reducing power consumption in buildings.

“RTA water and electricity consumption rates are quite large, however, having formed a team comprising three sub-teams (technical team, awareness team and excellence team), we have managed to cut consumption rates in 2010 compared to the previous year. We have saved about 12 per cent in the consumption of water, electricity and sewage at the Drivers Accommodation, Dubai Taxi Corporation through the installation of custom-made control systems in toilets and kitchens, using control systems in lights and air-conditioners, running educative campaigns in cooperation with the concerned bodies with a view to educate all segments of RTA employees on the principles of rationalizing power consumption at the Agency level or personal level.

“It is imperative to maintain a continuous cooperation with all government and semi-government entities as well as the private sector in adopting the best practices in rationalizing the power consumption. The Team was keen on visiting the Dubai Chamber; which has obtained a certificate of excellence in designing power systems and protecting the environment (existing buildings category). The Team has acquainted itself with the initiatives and systems applied in maintaining the environment and sustainability. The Team also visited Burj Khalifa and exchanged expertise with the staff operating the building to check the adopted power-saving procedures as well as the building management and techniques.