Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consultants to develop the strategy and deployment plan for a Green Free Zone in Dubai, which was announced as part of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 last November by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The strategy consists of five main pillars: Infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and an environmentally-friendly energy mix.
The infrastructure pillar includes the establishment of a new free zone under the name ‘Dubai Green Zone’ dedicated to attracting mature and emerging companies in clean energy. The ‘Dubai Green Zone’ will become a global hub to attract R&D and innovative clean energy companies. It will provide a boost to the long-term vision of the Dubai Declaration’s strategic commitment to develop Dubai into the Capital of the Green Economy.
"Launching the Dubai Green Zone by His Highness is an important step to encourage companies, both established and start-ups, to set up in Dubai and to provide them with an environment to develop and market their new technologies in sustainability. By providing a comprehensive solution spanning state-of-the-art infrastructure through Green Zone, Dubai aims to become the city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa.
"The Dubai Green Zone will encourage green technology companies and have sustainable buildings with unique and best-in-class concepts of space and mobility planning. In our pursuit to build a smart city, at Dewa, we look forward to encouraging and promoting the best in energy, water and environment management to create an innovative and sustainable workplace," added Al Tayer.
"As part of our commitment towards achieving the Smart City initiative, we strive to provide the best energy management, and water facilities to create an innovative, and sustainable work environment. We are also committed to our vision of providing an innovative, and sustainable future, for generations to come. The Dubai Green Zone will encourage green technology companies and have sustainable buildings with unique and best-in-class concepts of space and mobility planning," concluded Al Tayer.
The scope of the RFP released by DEWA incudes providing consultancy services to develop the strategy, feasibility and execution plan for an economic zone supportive of companies pushing the boundaries of sustainable solutions. Proposals are expected by March 3, 2016 at the latest.