The chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy believes the world is a critical junction as it adapts to meet climate change, and the global transition to clean, sustainable energy.
Speaking at the four-day World Energy Congress, Awaidha Mushed Al Marar noted that the global energy industry is “undergoing change at an unprecedented speed” driven by numerous innovations in energy and related technologies.
He added that emerging supply and demand dynamics which influence consumer markets, as well as policymaking and regulatory frameworks, were also influencing policy.
''We stand at a crossroads today, one that makes the transition to renewables and clean energy imperative to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the tenets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,” he said.
“Abu Dhabi and the UAE take this energy transition very seriously and place it at the core of their programmes and strategies for the sector.”
That sentiment was seconded by Younghoon David Kim, chair of the World Energy Council, who in his opening address on the first day of the congress lauded the UAE’s capital as becoming the "frontier of a sustainable energy future".
He also noted local efforts to move to a more diverse, knowledge-based energy future: "We are now ready to soar higher than ever [before], riding on the waves of disruptive technologies," he said.
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Al Marar said that hosting the 24th World Energy Congress, held in the UAE for the first time in its 24-year history, marked a significant achievement, as the Emirates aspires to become the world’s energy capital.
“It creates momentum for us at the Abu Dhabi DoE to carry on with our mission of steering the emirate’s transition towards an efficient, sustainable, and environmentally responsible system.
''The demand for energy and energy technologies is on the rise, and with that in mind, we developed the Abu Dhabi Integrated Energy Model, ‘Energy Cube’, which taps into advanced technological tools to test the impact of existing policies on the energy sector and the wider economy, while helping to project future scenarios for the next 10 to 30 years.
“We also continue to develop a solid energy infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, and we will be pleased to share our portfolio of the world’s leading projects such as the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, Noor Abu Dhabi Solar PV Plant, Al Taweelah Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant, Masdar Clean Energy Company, and many more during the congress.”