“In this respect the U.A.E. is making concerted efforts to realise its plans for sustainable growth on a granite base, particularly where accelerating clean energy deployment is concerned”, stated ‘The Gulf Today’ in an editorial comment on Sunday.
It continued “The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which took place during the inaugural ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit, is a case in point. The ADSW is the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East and addresses interconnected challenges that affect the global adoption of renewable energy, water security and sustainable development.” “In the second meet of the Global Sustainable Cities Network (GSCN), convened as part of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Government agencies and firms from the U.A.E. and European nations such as Denmark, Finland, France, and Sweden have chalked out ties on waste-to-energy and demand-side management.” “Hosted by the U.A.E. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, the three-day series of workshops and site visits evaluated policy and technology options to push market growth and cross-investment in the two fields. A study on the economic potential of waste heat reuse in the U.A.E. and GCC was also announced.” “Cities are the primary arena of clean energy deployment, with enormous commercial potential for products and services that address resource efficiency and management. We have to get both the policies and the technologies right,” said Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, who opened the meetings.
“The GSCN is an initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a coalition of major and innovative economies to drive growth of the clean energy sector. Under the network, federal governments foster knowledge-sharing and partnership among select domestic entities with policymaking and procurement responsibilities.” “Delegates leveraged specific local examples as market case studies, including Sharjah’s Bee’ah, the U.A.E.’s leading integrated waste management company, and Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s redevelopment of Mina Zayed as a sustainable community. Tabreed, the U.A.E. cooling company, and Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), also introduced initial work on capturing industrial waste for cooling through absorption chillers, either onsite or through district energy systems.” “The U.A.E. will expand the work into a study undertaken with the Swedish Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), and other stakeholders.” “Already, France and the U.A.E. are working together to advance the new energy industry. Total, the multinational French oil and gas company, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, have partnered to build Shams 1 – a 100 megawatt Concentrated Solar Project.” “One cannot but help agree with an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who said that the U.A.E. strategy was to work with the best and invest for the long-term”, the paper concluded.