The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) Energy Auditing Directive No.1 was issued in March 2015, by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, to support the execution of the DSM Program 2 – Building Retrofits.
The Directive mandates a walkthrough Energy Audits for Government Buildings with over 1,000 m2 GFA). Government Entities are advised to develop a Retrofit Plan addressing the buildings for which estimated potential savings exceed 20% of electricity and/or water consumption and payback time is shorter than 10 years. Energy Audits are performed through Etihad Energy Services Co, which will procure those services from Qualified & Accredited Auditors.
Green Public Procurement, with focus on electricity and water efficiency (GPPEWE), is an important supporting tool for the DSM strategy.
It ensures procurement functions account for energy and water consumption more systematically in purchase decisions. International best practices show that GPPEWE can deliver energy conservation objectives and at the same time economic savings, at least on a life cycle basis.
The DSCE has launched General Guidelines and Criteria for GPP, as well as criteria for indoor lighting (other procurement categories will be added at later stage). The guidelines will undergo a test phase involving DSCE member entities before being rolled out more extensively to all Government entities.
The DSCE Guidelines on GPPEWE aim to encourage government entities in considering more systematically the energy efficiency implications of their purchasing decisions. It does not bring any changes in current legislation or regulatory framework. It brings cost savings for the government on a life cycle cost basis, and does not require capital investments. It allows high degrees of flexibility in execution, since each entity will define its own targets, extension of application and timing.