Leading the way for sustainability

DUBAI - Effective energy solutions will help push the UAE to the forefront as a world leader in sustainability say those releasing an agenda next week for the 2013 Dubai Global Energy Forum.



By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Mon 18 Mar 2013, 12:38 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:26 AM

The forum, themed ‘Clean Energy for Sustainable Development’, will take place from April 15 to 17 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Session topics, along with key attendees including senior international figures from the clean energy sector, specialists in sustainable development and government officials, will be announced by the Supreme Council of Energy for Dubai at a press conference on March 25. The conference will be attended by Shaikh Mohammed who is also Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy; Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council and senior government officials.

The forum supports the national long-term initiative, ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development,’ launched by Shaikh Mohammed in January last year, which intends the UAE to become a global leader in the field of sustainability.

Dubai realised the importance of launching major sustainable development initiatives in order to establish the Emirate as a global leader in clean energy, a press release from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said yesterday.

Dubai’s strategy was ‘not only regional but also global’, and was aligned with the recommendations from last year’s Rio+20 United Nations conference, which drew a roadmap for global sustainable development based on the principles of a Green Economy.

This is the second forum session, following on from the one in 2011 themed ‘Energy Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future’, which was attended by more than 2,000 participants from public and private sector companies.

Al Tayer said the first session had been a ‘great success’, with key recommendations contributing to effective decisions being made for the benefit of global sustainable development. Recommendations included adopting policies to encourage the use of clean energy to reduce gas-emissions, such as renewable sources of energy, carbon capture and storage and mechanisms for carbon-emissions trading.

“The Forum underlines Dubai’s global contribution in the search to find effective energy solutions, and we expect this year’s session to be even bigger and more influential,” Al Tayer said.

Keynote speakers at the 2011 session included Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former Indian President and one of its most prominent scientists and engineers.

World leaders also affirmed their commitment to sustainable energy, and the need for this to power the drivers of continued socio-economic growth, when they signed the Dubai Declaration at a World Economic Forum held in the city last year.

sarah@khaleejtimes.com


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