HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), today inaugurated the 5th ‘Annual Best Practices Conference on Quality, Health, Safety and Environment’ held at Intercontinental Festival City in Dubai.
The event was attended by Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, EVP of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, Abdullah Bin Kalban, President and CEO of Dubal, Ahmed Butti Al Muhairabi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Laila Ali Bin Hareb , Executive Director of Strategy and International Affairs, General Civil Aviation Authority, Executive Vice Presidents of DEWA, and senior officials and representatives of Governmental departments and the private sector.
The conference discussed quality, health, safety and environment standards implemented at DEWA, and also featured several activities including workshops and seminars which highlighted ways to enhance these standards to further improve efficiency and productivity, and optimize overall operations.
“DEWA organises this event annually, in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to implement international best practices across various governmental departments in Dubai,” said Al Tayer.
“We are led by our vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and therefore, we adopt highest international standards and best practices in the field of quality, health, safety and environment. Our integrated strategy for management and operations enables us to deliver electricity and water services at the highest levels of availability, reliability, and efficiency, to exceed the expectations of our customers and partners, ensure the highest safety standards for our staff, conserve our natural resources, and protect the environment. Today, DEWA is a main pillar in achieving Dubai’s sustainable growth and development vision,” added Al Tayer.
“DEWA has achieved very competitive results surpassing the private sector, and even leading European and American companies in efficiency and reliability. This is demonstrated by our reduction of losses in electricity transmission and distribution networks to just 3.5%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the US. Network line losses in the water sector decreased to 10.8% as against 15% in North America, setting another international benchmark, and highlighting our commitment to meet the growth in demand for water and promoting sustainability,”
“DEWA has also accomplished major achievements in enhancing the efficiency of generating electricity and desalinating water, and minimising greenhouse gases, carbon, sulphur, and nitrogen emissions by an average of 10 per cent. This is equivalent to the beneficial effects of planting 82 million trees. DEWA reduced carbon emissions by 11 parts per million compared to 87 parts per million in Europe, 3.5 parts per million of sulphur as against 13.4 parts per million in Europe, and 72.4 parts per million of nitrogen compared to 108 parts per million in Europe,” he explained.
“We have accomplished significant achievements that enhanced Dubai’s global position in the field of health, safety, environment, sustainability, and risk management. Recently, we have added another achievement by becoming the first organisation in the Middle East and Africa to be presented the prestigious Global Risk Award for ‘Building Risk Management Capability’ from the UK-based Institute of Risk Management (IRM). DEWA won the award amidst strong competition from 350 organisations in the public and private sectors,”
“DEWA also received the British Safety Council’s ‘Sword of Honour’ consecutively for the fifth year, recognising our successful implementation of the highest standards of health and safety. In 2012 DEWA won the ‘Globe of Honour’ in Environment from the British Safety Council for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region,” added Al Tayer.
“Our march toward success continues as DEWA was awarded the ‘5-star Certificate in Safety’ by the British Safety Council. These awards reflect our commitment and excellence in implementing best international standards across our overall operations,”
“Our adoption of an integrated strategy has opened doors for more ambitious achievements and successes, enabling us to implement best practices and the highest international standards in the field of quality, health, safety, and environment across current and future projects to benefit our customers, partners, and the community,” concluded Al Tayer.
“DEWA adopts the best international standards and practices related to quality, health, safety and the environment. We also apply the Integrated Management System to spread awareness about quality, health, safety and the environment on all levels, to increase efficiency and productivity through a healthy and safe working environment,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, EVP of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.