Monday 8 March 2021
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Challenge 2021. The award recognizes DEWA’s efforts in sustainable development and its support of the UAE’s efforts to achieve the UN SDGs.
As a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), DEWA supports the UN’s role in achieving the SDGs by aligning its work plans, initiatives, programs, and projects with the SDGs.
DEWA plays a leading role in protecting the environment by increasing its use of clean and renewable energy. This is part of its social responsibility and commitment to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
DEWA is dedicated to meeting the standards of sustainability in power generation and consumption and increasing the share of renewable energy in its overall capacity. It supports the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s mandate of protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and tackling climate change.
EFQM noted that DEWA had made a strong effort to systematically explore how it can increase its alignment to all the SDGs. In presenting its initiative, it drew on the SDGs as the framework for demonstrating just how sustainability delivers on its business objectives and value to its stakeholders while also contributing to society.
DEWA promotes sustainability amongst its staff, its customers, and society as a whole. DEWA’s annual Sustainability Report is a useful, transparent, and reliable reference for its achievements and efforts over the year to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, to make the UAE the world’s leading nation. DEWA achieved a significant score of 89.17% in the sustainability culture indicator index in 2019, exceeding the global average. The indicator is based on several aspects, including leadership in achieving sustainability, strategic commitment to sustainability, innovation in sustainability, training effectiveness, and awareness about the UN’s SDGs.