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Dubai Turns to Blockchain Technology for Environmental Conse...
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Dubai Turns to Blockchain Technology for Environmental Conservation 

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has trained the fourth batch of participants of the Carbon Ambassadors Programme on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and other new technologies. The initiative is aimed at equipping participants with the critical skills needed to utilize blockchain technology in environmental conservation programs and more, reports. The Carbon Ambassadors Programme aims to empower Emirati youth and develop their capabilities to actively support and implement government strategies to reduce carbon emissions, and developing appropriate mechanisms to achieve this objective. Carbon Ambassadors are the next generation of experts and leaders who will implement the ambitious national strategies and plans, and contribute to innovating pioneering initiatives and programmes to consolidate sustainability. Training the 4th batch of programme on blockchain and disruptive innovations supports our strategy to keep the Carbon Ambassadors up-to-date with the latest technologies that can be used to serve the programme. This also supports our efforts to empower young people to benefit from technologies of the future. This in turn, supports the Emirates Blockchain Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance efficiency of government performance by transforming 50% of federal government transactions to the blockchain platform by 2021; and the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation, to transform Dubai’s government into the world’s first government to conduct all its applicable transactions via the Blockchain network by 2020,” said Saeed Mohammed

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DEWA Trains Emirati Youths on DLT 

As per the report, the Carbon Ambassadors initiative was collaboratively created by DEWA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence; its primary objective is to motivate the youths to participate in solving national and global issues such as climate change, sustainable energy, and conservation of natural resources.

The program arms Emirati youth with the skills they need to actively support and implement national policies and strategies aimed at curbing carbon emissions and formulate fail-proof mechanisms to solve the problem.

DEWA writes:

“Carbon Ambassadors are the next generation of experts and leaders who will implement the ambitious national strategies that promote sustainability. Training the 4th batch of participants on DLT supports our strategy to keep the Carbon Ambassadors up-to-date with new technologies that would serve the programme.”

Specifically, the training which was held at DEWA Campus for Occupational and Academic Development taught participants how to make use of blockchain technology as well as other disruptive innovation models in environmental conservation programs.

Promoting Efficiency with DLT 

Importantly, the DEWA team has also stated categorically that the Carbon Ambassadors Programme is part of a larger plan to empower young people to enjoy the dividends of new technologies.

The team says the program also supports the Emirates Blockchain Strategy which is focused on migrating at least 50 percent of the entire government processes to the blockchain by 2021, to increase efficiency.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, stated that the agency has succeeded in training 180 Emirati students and employees on blockchain technology and disruptive innovation through the Carbon Ambassadors Programme.

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It’s worth noting that the government of Dubai has been working hard to achieve its goal of becoming the first city to integrate DLT into all its processes by 2020. In November 2018, Dubai joined forces with IBM to launch a government-backed blockchain platform as part of its Smart Dubai project.

Acoording to the news reported, the Smart Dubai Office partnered with the Dubai Department of Finance to develop a blockchain-based payments processing and settlements system to promote super fast payments processing.

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