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RTA supports Earth Hour by switching off 1433 streetlights

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is taking part in the global event Earth Hour 2018 celebrated in March each year, in conjunction with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). This year’s event is held under the theme (Connect2Earth) under the auspices of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Celebrating the event is part of RTA’s keenness to play an active role in achieving sustainable development in Dubai, and raise the profile of the Emirate in environmental sustainability and energy saving.

Nasir Abu Shehab, CEO of Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector cum Chair of Energy & Green Economy Committee at the RTA, said: “The RTA has charted out a plan for this year’s Earth Hour events, which will be held today from 08:30 pm to 09:30 pm . Events include switching off 1433 streetlights in the Business Street, Al Saadah Street, Boulevard Street (Burj Khalifa), Al Mamzar Beach Street (from Boats Slipway to Al Mamzar Park), the parking lot of Shandagha Heritage Village, and Al Khaleej Street (from Elderly Home at Mamzar to Al Mamzar Park). Activities will also include local roads opposite to the sea at Jumeirah; which will save about 683.7 kilowatts.

“As part of the Marina Promenade celebrations at the Business Bay, the RTA will run several activities including children games and contests, hydrogen-powered taxi, and a model of the bus-washing water treatment plant. Two buses will be deployed to lift participants from the Business Bay MS to the site of the event,” he added.

“Lights and some air-conditioners will also be turned off at RTA Head Office, Main Customers Happiness Center at Umm Al Ramool, Public Transport building in addition to Al Rawiyya & Al Khawaneej stations, and Jebel Ali Bus Depot. Lights will also be switched off on the 5th floor of the Parking Terminal of Rashidiya MS, premises of the Dubai Taxi Corporation and employees accommodation. Several Metro Stations will switch to the maintenance mode, and some conveyor belts at metro stations will cease operation. The overall saving resulting from the switching off streetlights and facilities of the RTA is expected to be in the order of 10,000 kilowatts in one hour only.

“The active participation in Earth Hour events illustrates the special attention accorded by the RTA to environmental sustainability and energy saving. Such efforts are reflected in the achievement made by the RTA as the first government entity in the region to obtain ISO Energy Management Certification (ISO 50001) in 2013. The RTA has also introduced the Green Economy Award in 2014 and developed a comprehensive structure for the Green Economy in 2016. It has also motivated employees and companies in a bid to source innovative ideas in support of this drive,” concluded Abu Shehab.


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