Masdar and E.ON Reach Agreement on New Carbon Emission Reduction Project

ABU DHABI - Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, focused on renewable energy and sustainability, and E.ON, one of the world’s leading utility companies, announced an agreement on Tuesday to establish E.ON Masdar Integrated Carbon (EMIC) — a joint venture company focused on developing carbon emission reduction projects on the global market.

By Olivia Olarte

Published: Wed 20 Jan 2010, 11:14 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:25 AM

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, EMIC will capitalise on the growth in the carbon market to monetise emission reductions resulting from improving the energy efficiency of industrial facilities.

The company will develop, finance and implement projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with a particular focus on power generation and oil and gas.

The emission reductions will be monetised in the form of carbon credits and traded under the current United Nations-based Clean Development Mechanism or other applicable future international climate trading schemes.

“This initiative builds on our already established successful relationship with E.ON and our matching vision about the carbon market and the choice of technology. It is a good opportunity to leverage our competitive advantage to create value on the global market,” said Masdar CEO, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber. EMIC will be one of the leading-edge companies in the full value chain management of a carbon abatement projects and will be able to achieve this all in-house.

The new joint venture will capitalise on the strengths of its parent companies to identify and develop opportunities within the target markets. Projects will focus on technologies with large carbon abatement reduction potential, namely fuel switching, open cycle to combined cycle gas turbine conversion, gas pipeline leakage reduction and gas flare reduction.

Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables, said, “This activity focused on the carbon market will add another strong pillar to the already substantial business relationship between E.ON Climate and Renewables and Masdar in the space of sustainable and renewable energy. The JV underlines both our strong commitment to create a global project-driven carbon abatement business. Masdar and E.ON’s combined significant and complementary expertise and market exposure will give the new company a leading edge in the market.”

The global carbon market has witnessed sharp growth in recent years reaching $168 billion in 2009, with a 68 per cent increase over 2008 in global trading volume.

The establishment of EMIC is subject to obtaining the required regulatory approvals and completion of other conditions precedent to closing; these are expected to be finalised during the first quarter of 2010.

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