UAE ‘leading the world in renewable energy’
Renewable energy lies at the heart of the transformation strategy adopted by the UAE to diversify its economy and meet the growing demand for energy, said the country’s minister of climate change and environment.
Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi was speaking at the World Scientific and Engineering Congress (WSEC) 2017, held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy: innovative scenarios and methods of their implementation”.
The UAE is considered among the world’s leading countries in areas of renewable energy and attaches paramount importance to the development of efficient solutions in this field, the minister was quoted as saying by state news agency Wam.
“Over the past decade, we have deployed large-scale renewable energy schemes at the local and global levels,” he said, noting that the UAE capital plays host to the permanent headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).
The UAE also organises an array of conferences and events of relevance around the year, most notable of which is the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) held in January every year.
On its key achievements in this sector, Al Zeyoudi said: “The world’s largest independent solar power plant is being built in Abu Dhabi at a total cost of Dh3.2 billion ($871 million) under the name Noor Abu Dhabi (Light of Abu Dhabi in Arabic).
The project, which will generate 1.177 MW from the second quarter of 2019, is part of the emirate’s bid to diversify its economy and provide alternative sources of energy at competitive prices while following the best possible environmental and technological practices, he added.
The minister also shed light on the UAE Energy Strategy for 2050, saying that it targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the UAE’s economic requirements and environmental goals, ensuring a comfortable economic environment for growth across the sectors.