Dubai, Denmark eye investment in sustainable construction

Dubai, Denmark eye investment in sustainable construction
Esben Lunde Larsen (left) hopes Denmark and Dubai can work together on sustainable construction
Published: 21 February 2018 - 12:41 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

Danish government officials have met with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to discuss “investment opportunities” in sustainable construction.

Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Environment and Food in Denmark, met HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, DEWA, yesterday to share best practice in sustainable architecture - and to discuss how the two powers can work together on future sustainability projects.

Al Tayer described Denmark as a “global leader in wind energy” and stressed it was important to “build closer ties" with the country, as Dubai aims to generate 75% of its energy from clean sources by 2050.

“The UAE, Dubai especially, is forging the same position [as Denmark] on clean energy, primarily solar power,” said Al Tayer.

“Today’s workshop and meeting gives our two great nations the opportunity to exchange innovative ideas and experiences to grow clean energy across the planet.”

DEWA, he said, was “on track” to achieve Dubai’s goal to boost sustainable energy. One project powering this ambition is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which could generate 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

READ: DEWA reviews progress of innovation centre at MBR solar park 

But DEWA does not plan to stop at this project as Al Tayer noted that Danish companies could be hugely important for the UAE’s sustainable construction sector moving forwards.

“Dubai is always interested in discovering developments in international technology to further broaden our horizons and team up with international partners in energy, while helping them to develop innovative technology to improve our services.

"We are positive that Danish companies will play a huge role in the energy, electricity, water, and green building sector in the UAE, and in Dubai in particular.”

Larsen is reported to have expressed to Al Tayer a “keenness” to bolster cooporation with Dubai via investment in electricity and water, building retrofits, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

It is not clear if any investment deals were struck at the workshop both parties attended at the Sustainable Building in Al Quoz. However, Larsen did express his hope that meetings with DEWA would be a catalyst for joint projects and initiatives between Denmark and Dubai.

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