The Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar addressed a high-level gathering at the first day of the Future Sustainability Summit (FSS), which takes place over two days at the time of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020.
H.E. Al Marar pointed out the boundaries of present energy sources and emphasised the function of renewable energy in taking the world towards a carbon-neutral future.
“Traditional energy sources, as we all know, are finite. This constrained nature of conventional energy sources, coupled with the urgency of local weather change, have made it essential that key players in the energy sector come collectively to define a plan of action for the years ahead.”
He also said that platforms like the Future Sustainability grant possibilities to discuss, debate and collaborate on urgent topics that have an effect on the future of energy and the future of our planet.
As the world’s hunger for energy grows, it is essential to shift focus to clean energy sources. Abu Dhabi has been a frontrunner in embracing change to make the transition to clean energy regardless of being an oil and gas based economy. Diversification of energy would additionally mean a diversification of the emirate’s economy.
The United Nations has developed a strategy to sustainability that depends on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 7 on the list is ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’, calling to make sure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and contemporary energy for all.
He spoke about the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which aims an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear, and clean energy sources to meet the UAE’s financial necessities and environmental desires and gave an overview of Abu Dhabi’s clean energy projects.
From the water sector with well developed reverse-osmosis desalination plants, to the electricity sector with solar energy amenities such as Noor Abu Dhabi with a 1,117 MW capacity, and from the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Al Dhafra region to the District Cooling Regulations and the District Cooling Applicability Regulations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi has it all covered, as it forges in advance on the path to clean energy.
Sustainability is an all-encompassing idea with social, environmental and financial influence and energy transition lies at the heart of it all. Youth are a key stakeholder in the world’s quest for a sustainable future and so is technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), virtual batteries, cloud computing, machine learning are some of the key drivers of the future and will steer the way in the direction of sustainability.
H.E. Al Marar in addition added: “It is our duty to draw a map for the [energy] sector, outlining the steps to take in the short and lengthy terms. The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has set its sights firmly on enforcing the emirate’s plans for sustainability with essential tasks and launching the Abu Dhabi Integrated Energy Model.”
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which runs from January 11 to 18, 2020 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, is a international platform for accelerating the world’s sustainable development. The week brings together policy makers, industry specialists, technology pioneers and the next era of sustainability leaders from across the world to debate and talk about the future of sustainability.