Dubai Government to Use ‘Green’ Vehicles

Dubai, UAE: The local government will be using new electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases in the city.

With the continuous development of Dubai, the city government formed Dubai Green Mobility Initiative Committee to help reduce harmful vehicle emissions in Dubai in the next four years. According to the committee, the cars ordered by the government for their different agencies will have 10 percent electric and hybrid vehicles while the rest will remain as is.

The move is said to be in line with the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, launched earlier by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

According to the strategy, 25 percent of the cars on Dubai’s roads will be self-driving by 2030. The strategy will save $5.9 billion in annual economic revenues in several sectors by reducing transportation costs, carbon emissions and accidents, and raising the productivity of individuals, while saving hundreds of millions of hours wasted in conventional transportation.

As a result, transportation costs will have an estimated cut of 44 percent which saves up to $245 million per year; environmental pollution will be reduced by 12 percent which saves $408 per year; and up to $4.9 billion will be generated in annual economic returns by having an efficient transportation system by 2030.

“In adherence with the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa)’s Green Charger initiative aims to establish electric vehicle charging stations across Dubai, with 100 charging stations having already been installed since 2015. We will work to increase the percentage of hybrid cars in the emirate, and contribute towards a 16 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. Reductions are expected to continue in the near future,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa.



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