Ministry of Energy launches the UAE State of Energy Report 2017 in partnership with UNDPNov 18, 2016
The United Arab Emirates is fast becoming the region’s pioneer in renewable energy, according to the UAE State of Energy Report 2017.
The report, which was published by the UAE Ministry of Energy in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and Dubai Carbon, outlined the UAE’s long-term plans in turning around its oil-based energy industry and the challenges it is tackling through policy and technology.
It also delves into the country’s potential solutions to increasing water and electricity demands through sustainable consumption and infrastructure growth.
All this falls under the umbrella of the country’s Energy Strategy 2050, which hopes for a 50% increase in clean renewables by 2050 and a 70% cut in carbon dioxide emissions. Its scope extends to climate change, water security and food shortage issues.
The strategy is not limited to the UAE’s energy resources. Demand-side management is a focal point in the UAE’s energy portfolio as the country seeks to diversify its investments over time. Its energy sector has already seen a rise in the number of solar power plants alongside the UAE’s first nuclear plant, which is expected to operate fully by 2020.
Influence of the Energy Strategy has touched multiple sectors, including: the legislative arm of the UAE Ministry of Energy; the infrastructural directives of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transportation; the record-breaking efforts of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi; and even the individual ambitions of recipients of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and Emirates Energy Award.
Even smaller sectors not directly affiliated with the energy industry have taken steps towards the 2050 agenda. One such example is the Dubai Police, which aims to perform law enforcement and crime reduction with maximum efficiency while still pursuing sustainable development.
The report also commended those involved in the Energy Strategy 2050 for their transparency. Developing effective emission reduction programmes necessitates open dialogue between all those involved. One such example is that of the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD)’s efforts to measure greenhouse gas emissions together with major contributing industries.
These efforts and contributions, big and small, have helped secure the UAE’s position as a major player in a global energy revolution.
The UAE State of Energy Report 2017 was sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Platinum Sponsor: ENOC. Gold sponsors: Roads and Transport Authority, Dolphin Energy. Bronze sponsors: Emerson, ABB.
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UNDP communications team in UAE:
Danna Abrahim and Laila Abo El-Enein