H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), completed a successful visit to Singapore by participating in the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), held between October 29 and November 1, 2019. The visit rounded off a fruitful week of engagements for the DoE delegation, in which Al Marar and Singapore Officials reaffirmed the strong ties between the UAE and Singapore and the importance of expanding collaboration and benchmarking across a range of energy sector capabilities, critical to accelerating the global energy transition.
The first engagement of DoE Chairman’s trip was a keynote address his excellency delivered at Singapore Energy Summit, as part of the SIEW 2019 four-day event, on 29th October. H.E. Al Marar shared Abu Dhabi’s energy transformation updates with the summit’s audience of global energy Partners including policymakers, professionals, and executive leaders from public and private sectors. His excellency emphasized the similarities between Abu Dhabi and Singapore in setting an exemplary model for sustainable development and outlined the UAE Capital’s roadmap to accelerate the transition towards renewable and clean energy patterns.
Following the keynote address, H.E. Al Marar took part in the panel discussion “Transformation – Accelerating Action” with H.E. Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change of Malaysia, Mr Martin Houston, Vice-Chairman of Tellurian, and Mr Han Jun, Executive Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China. The session looked at how energy stakeholders can move from ambition to action in accelerating the transformation needed for a sustainable energy future.
During the visit, H.E. Al Marar also held bilateral talks with the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry of the Republic of Singapore and attended different briefings by Energy Market Authority to overview Singapore’s energy landscape and strategy; and by Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Group to discuss Singapore’s climate change action plan, energy efficiency Improvement in industrial and household sectors, water story, and the Ministry’s environmental industry transformation map.
To gain deeper insights into Singapore’s energy transformation strategy and on-the-ground operation, the DoE Chairman’s program incorporated a number of site visits to Centre for Climate Change Research Singapore (CCRS) and Release of Radiosonde, Tengah Reservoir Floating Solar Test Bed, Tuas Desalination Plant and Tuas South Incineration Plant, where the DoE delegation gained insights into Singapore’s waste-to-energy and the advanced technology solutions it uses to generate green energy from waste, helping in landfill diversion through reduction in the volume of waste disposed.