Thursday June 09, 2022
UAE continues its endeavour to shape up energy sector future
Al Mazrouei (left), attends a panel discussion during the Mena Europe Future Energy Dialogue in Jordan.
Suhail Bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said that the UAE, under the directives of its wise leadership, is continuing its pioneering efforts to forecast the future of the energy sector, in cooperation with its global partners, and has become a globally trusted energy supplier.
He made this statement during his participation as the head of a UAE delegation to the ‘Mena Europe Future Energy Dialogue’, which is being held at the King Husssein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan.
Al Mazrouei joined the Minister of Energy and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in a ministerial panel discussion on the prospects for partnerships between the Middle East and North Africa, during which they explored most prevalent global challenges and the future of energy, including climate change and digital tech solutions.
The UAE minister said that his country is continuing its work with international partners to shape the future of the energy sector, which is currently seeing great challenges due to current global geopolitical issues.
During his participation in the ministerial panel, he underscored the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, which is a culmination of the UAE’s efforts aimed at helping mitigate climate change, and as well as its work to transform challenges in this sector into opportunities to build a brighter future.
Al Mazrouei said that the Mena Europe Future Energy Dialogue comes after the recent announcement of the Industrial Partnership for Sustainable Economic Growth with Jordan and Egypt, which confirms the UAE’s firm approach to strengthening international partnerships for a more prosperous and stable future.
During the conference, which features around 700 participants from around the world and is organised by Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, in cooperation with Germany, a joint declaration was signed by the participating countries announcing climate action ambitions in the Mena region.
The conference will also see the signing of agreements establishing road maps to build regional and continental bridges connecting energy markets, and establishing terms to develop bilateral and multipartite cooperation projects.
The UAE delegation includes Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Balushi, UAE Ambassador to Jordan, a number of officials from the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change.
A delegation from the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has recently concluded its four-day official visit to Spain, where they explored means to strengthen collaboration and the exchange of expertise with leading government entities, research institutions, and energy companies.
Headed by DoE Undersecretary Ahmed Mohammed Al Rumaithi, the delegation brought together officials and executives from various departments.
“This visit to Spain is part of our continuous efforts to expand our network of partners locally and internationally, and exchange expertise to enhance energy efficiency, lead the energy transformation in Abu Dhabi, and increase reliance on clean and renewable energy, in line with sustainability principles. We strive to meet current demand for water and electricity, all while working to further enhance supply security in the future,” Al Rumaithi said.
“Visiting Spain was an ideal opportunity for us to explore the latest experiences in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability,” said. “There will certainly be more visits in the future in order to enhance the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy’s role in developing the entire sector, which, in turn, contributes to driving sustainable growth in Abu Dhabi.”
Day one began with a meeting that brought the DoE delegation together with Arantxa Tapia, Minister of Economic Development, Sustainability, and the Environment in the Basque Government, which explored topics related to the energy sector and its role in enhancing environmental and sustainability efforts.
Meanwhile, DoE Undersecretary Eng. Ahmed Al Rumaithi and Director-General of the Basque Energy Cluster José Ignacio Hormaeche signed a collaboration agreement to establish a joint taskforce to support energy transition efforts, combating climate change, and driving economic and industrial development. Members of the taskforce will be appointed by the two parties and will meet periodically to compile annual reports documenting notable findings and recommendations, Al Rumaithi revealed.
The delegates concluded day one of the trip with a meeting with University of Deusto and its Institute of Competitiveness, attended by José María Guibert, the rector of the Deusto University, and Ivan Marten, President of the Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, along with a number of officials and researchers.