The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has announced that Dubai expects to achieve 8% to 10% savings in energy demand by 2020, while generating the lowest carbon footprint in the world, reported Trade Arabia.

The Demand Side Management Strategy – believed to be the first of its kind in the region – consists of nine programs to manage energy demand including  “green building regulations, retrofitting existing buildings, district cooling, wastewater reuse, laws and standards to raise efficiency, energy-efficient street-lighting, and Shams Dubai initiative to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings,”  Council’s Vice-Chairman, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said.

According to Gulf Digital News, the Strategy launched in June 2013 makes the Executive Committee responsible for executing the strategy and supporting its member companies. This includes collecting data from 100 buildings in Dubai, analyzing the combined use of electricity and water, using capacity-building and public awareness, and adhering to international best practices.