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Bridging the gap: Interview with Faisal Ali Rashid, Supreme Council of Energy

by Fleming. Team

Faisal Ali Rashid, U.A.E national is a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dayton, Ohio university, U.S.A. He is currently associated with Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy as Director, Demand Side Management and handling the whole energy demand management spectrum of emirate of Dubai. Mr Rashid highlights the different ways in which the water demand- supply gap is being addressed in UAE:

1.How efficiently is the Middle East addressing the water demand-supply gap?

We all have and share common challenges with respect to supply and demand gap. Dubai is addressing it through water resources optimization solution looking into increasing usage of recycled water for multiple purposes and protecting ground water as strategic contingency reserve.

2.What are the ways through which recycled water usage & consumption can be promoted?

Recycled water are considered renewable and its usage should be maximized for applicable practices such as irrigation, agriculture, district cooling, industrial usage etc.

3.How practical is the application of waste-to-energy strategies for the middle eastern region?

Municipal Waste to energy is very much viable and proven technology, it can serve the following purposes such as making the environment cleaner by extracting methane gas from the soil and utilizing methane gas for energy generation.

4.Which initiatives have been implemented by the Supreme Council Of Energy to make water recycling a part of daily life?

The initiatives implemented are as follows:
- Maximizing use of recycled water for irrigation and agriculture.
- Increasing the penetration of recycled water usage for District Cooling.
- Protecting ground water for strategic contingency reserve purpose.


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