Dubai has issued new regulations on the installation of electric vehicle charging stations as it looks to be at the forefront of environmentally-friendly cars.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has issued directive number 1 of 2017 which states that all public and private organisations and developers in Dubai must get approvals from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) before establishing any electric vehicle charging station.
In turn, DEWA will coordinate with Dubai Municipality and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations meet the technical requirements and standards adopted by the relevant authorities, a statement said.
It added that DEWA has so far installed 100 electric vehicle charging stations in different areas in Dubai.
The Supreme Council of Energy is working to increase the percentage of electric and hybrid cars in Dubai and last year set a target for the government that at least 10 percent of all newly-purchased cars will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020.
“The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has issued Directive number 1 of 2017 to achieve sustainability based on the best global standards and practices that meet DEWA’s technical requirements,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy.
“Under the umbrella of the Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA and the RTA intend to implement the Dubai Green Transport initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid cars, and reduce carbon emissions caused by land transport. This supports the Dubai Plan 2021, and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. This also supports the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce 16 percent of carbon emissions by 2021,” added Al Tayer.
Under the new directive, electricity tariffs at the charging stations will be clearly defined by the Government of Dubai.