Based on its dedication to lead Abu Dhabi’s journey to sustainable development, in accordance to the emirate’s vision, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has improved its cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the lead intergovernmental organisation for the energy transformation.
The enhancement got here with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the DoE and IRENA on 16 January, 2020 at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020, which is being held from January 11-18 in the UAE capital. The agreement objectives to facilitate the alternate of experiences and practices, evaluate the development of training systems, engender capacity building and enhance the energy transformation procedure in Abu Dhabi.
The MoU was signed by H.E Eng. Mohammed Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary, DoE and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, with the signing ceremony attended by a lot of officials from both parties. The agreement targets to build a framework of cooperation between the agency and the departments, with a concentration on tasks and practices that assist renewable energy scenarios and growing their share in the energy mix.
“Abu Dhabi Department of energy has an formidable strategy that goals to enhance the energy sector, enhance the effectivity of energy use and acquire the emirate’s sustainable development. Based on that, we are establishing international agreements that assist Abu Dhabi’s plans, the improvement of renewable and clean energy resources and the emirate’s shift towards the green economy. The department’s aim is to achieve the government’s orientations to enhance all sectors, acquire economic, social and environmental sustainability and create a promising future for approaching generations,” stated H.E Eng.
Mohammed Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary of the DoE.
“The Department of Energy has a longstanding strategic partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency, improved by the agency’s headquarters being based in Abu Dhabi. During the upcoming period we will work to spark off the settlement with the implementation of plans, strategies and policies associated to the renewable energy sector in the emirate, using the best global standards and measurements. This agreement will open new horizons for foreign investments, launch projects that will enhance Abu Dhabi’s leadership in the international energy sector, and serve the economic vision of Abu Dhabi 2030”, H.E added.
According to the MoU, the two parties will work on identifying areas of cooperation and promoting talk that serves mutual strategic targets. The areas of cooperation encompass growing customised energy scenarios for Abu Dhabi, reviewing the strategies and plans associated to energy and its effects, studying the social, financial and environmental impacts of the energy transition and associated policies, developing planning modules and predicting used methodologies, linking the use and management of water and power, planning the integration and resilience of energy systems, designing the energy market, and working collectively on main events, such as Expo 2020.
The agreement will see the two parties cooperating on discovering opportunities for implementing joint projects and research, exchanging data and a number of statistics, and developing training events and workshops for employees. It will allow the sharing of analytical information, which includes renewable energy technologies, policies and organisational procedures, as well as facilitate training and capacity building. It has a particular focus on strategic areas of energy policy, developing a technology map and devising long-term scenarios.