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Abu Dhabi has seen a considerable increase in the expenditures and revenues for environmental protection, said field surveys conducted by the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD). The SCAD ‘Annual Environment Survey’, covered five key sector groups – construction, transportation and storage, services, trade and industry – to measure environmental protection expenditure in Abu Dhabi. One of the key findings of the survey was the use of natural gas as an energy resource to conduct economic activities. The UAE capital’s total energy consumption for the five sectors during 2018 accounted for 1,659,010 Billion British Thermal Units, BBTU. Natural gas accounted for 89.7 per cent of this total, reaching 1,488,449 BTTU. Water and wastewater usage figures showed increases in consumption within the Emirate, particularly in the industry sector, with total water consumption reaching 15,831 million cubic metres in 2018, compared to 12,622 million cu m in 2017. SCAD attributed the rise in water usage to rapid economic and agricultural development, along with sharp population increase within the emirate. The statistics centre noted that while seawater consumption – used mainly for cooling purposes in process industries and power plants – increased by 25.5 per cent, 89 per cent of the seawater […]

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