Dubai, United Arab Emirates: During the 2012 World Energy Forum in Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed the initiative to World Energy Day with representatives from 54 countries, in addition to the UN, the Arab League and the African Union Commission. Through the “Dubai Declaration – Energy for All”, all parties have agreed to observe World Energy Day on October 22 each year.
Today, the United Arab Emirates, under the able leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Emirates United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, lead global efforts in cleanliness and renewable energy through its strategies and investments in this area. In 2021, the United Arab Emirates announced the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, with investments of over AED 600 billion in clean and renewable energy through 2050. This makes it the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to launch such an initiative. The UAE consistently supports global efforts to combat climate change by announcing effective solutions that enable low-carbon sectors, as well as leading projects that support the country’s future strategies and aspirations, such as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The UAE hosts international institutions specializing in the green economy, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi and the World Green Economy Organization in Dubai, among other leading organizations .
Dubai is one of the leading cities in the development of the renewable and alternative energy sector in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Zero Carbon Strategy 2050 to supply 100% of the total capacity of Dubai’s power generation from clean energy sources by 2050. World Energy Day is an important occasion to highlight the UAE’s leading role in promoting the energy transition renewable and clean.
“The United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, are committed to promoting energy sustainability and the diversification of its sources because of its central role in enabling sustainable economic growth.World Energy Day, which was launched from the United Arab Emirates, raises awareness of the importance to diversify energy sources and increase the share of clean and renewable energy, in addition to developing national policies and strategies that support sustainable development and help improve the efficiency of production and use This achieves a balance between development and environmental protection to combat climate change and protect human rights. future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Energy Council of Dubai.
“The UAE has developed a set of future plans to diversify energy sources and move towards clean energy sources, especially nuclear energy. The operation of the Barakah Pacific Nuclear Power Plant supports clean energy transition efforts in the UAE. This is a big step towards energy sustainability, diversification and security for decades to come,” said H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy. Energy and Infrastructure.
Al Mazrouei stressed on the occasion of World Energy Day, which coincides with international circumstances that have imposed challenges on the energy sector and its supply chains, that the UAE is following a long-term approach term to plan the future of energy and reduce their emissions.
“Clean energy is a key pillar of sustainability and is at the forefront of the UAE’s priorities and strategic directions, particularly as the UAE leads efforts to adopt the latest innovations that address climate change and mitigate the effects global warming,” added Al Mazrouei. .
“Energy is a major driver of economic and social development. The United Arab Emirates, under the able leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, attaches great importance to energy sustainability. and support global efforts to combat climate change. This is achieved through effective solutions to support local low-carbon sectors and the implementation of pioneering projects that support the UAE’s future strategies and aspirations. In Dubai, we are working to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix, in line with the Dubai 2050 Clean Energy Strategy and the Dubai 2050 Net Carbon Emission Reduction Strategy, to supply 100% of Dubai’s total power generation capacity from clean energy. by 2050,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Energy Council and Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA),
“Key clean energy projects implemented by DEWA include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar park using the Independent Power Producer model, with a generation capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030; and the pumped-storage hydropower plant using clean energy in Hatta, which is the first project of its type in the Persian Gulf region; the Green Hydrogen project, which DEWA implemented at Dubai Solar Park and is the first pilot project of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. Clean energy generation capacity represents around 12.1% of Dubai’s total energy mix and is expected to reach around 14% by the end of this year. These efforts have contributed to reducing carbon emissions in Dubai by 21% in 2021, surpassing the target percentage of the Dubai Carbon Reduction Strategy 2021, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” Al Tayer added.
“The Supreme Energy Council of Dubai seeks, through World Energy Day, to promote the concept of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. This helps achieve carbon neutrality, as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 aiming to supply 100% of Dubai’s total electricity generation capacity from renewable sources. clean energy by 2050,” said HE Ahmad Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Energy Council of Dubai.
“World Energy Day is a key opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources, advancing the use of renewable and clean energy, and supporting a sustainable future for generations to come. EWEC is a key contributor to achieving UAE Net Zero in Strategic Initiative 2050 by accelerating the energy transition through a growing portfolio of world-leading renewable, clean energy and water desalination projects reverse osmosis systems that significantly decarbonize the energy and water sectors.As a leader in clean energy and, through collaboration with our partners across the emirates, we collectively enable United Arab Emirates to achieve its strategic ambitions, to increase the share of sustainable energy in the nations total energy mix and to advance further enhance the country’s climate and sustainability credentials.” Said HE Othman Al Ali, CEO of Emirates Electricity and Water Company (EWEC).
HE Mohammad Mohammad Saleh, Managing Director of Etihad Water and Electricity, underscored that the UAE, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the government directions expressed by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has assumed a leading position on the world map in the fields of clean and sustainable energy, as well as in the efforts to protect future generations from the dangers of resource depletion, global warming and increased environmental burden.
HE Mohammad Mohammad Saleh said that EtihadWE plays an important role in implementing the vision of leadership in this field, expressed in its efforts in energy management techniques in water desalination and supply infrastructures allowing the diffusion of clean energy systems such as green chargers. project for vehicles, as well as its efforts in consolidating a culture of rationalization of consumption, stressing the importance of integrating national efforts and strengthening partnership with the private sector to overcome the challenges of achieving the desired sustainability in this area.