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UAE Participates in the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and in Second Mission Innovation Ministerial in Beijing

Thursday, June 08, 2017

HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, led the Delegation of the United Arab Emirates at the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and in the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial on June 7-8 in Beijing, in the People's Republic of China.

During the meeting, the Minister of Energy reviewed the Energy Strategy 2050 of the UAE and the contribution of clean energy, which is expected to reach 50 GW by 2050. He pointed out the significance of the meeting of the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial Forum and the importance of the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting as a valuable platform for exchanging expertise and experiences in the field of clean energy. This platform represents a strong indicator of the importance of clean energy and its diverse applications and the importance of developing energy-efficient solutions to reduce emissions and conserve fossil energy sources. The Minister also spoke about the "pilot project" to carbon dioxide sequestration and use, the UAE's efforts to use clean coal as one of the sources of energy, and the use of nuclear energy as a source of clean energy.

The UAE also joined the initiative ISGAN (International Smart Grid Action Network). This initiative serves as a high-level platform for participation among the governments members of the Clean Energy Ministerial Forum for International Cooperation to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter grid technologies and systems worldwide. ISGAN initiative seeks to create a global understanding of smart networks, developing knowledge and integrated tools, and facilitate project coordination to support decision-making on smart grid projects and systems. The Ministry of Energy has also actively participated in the Global Lightning Challenge and has highlighted the UAE's progress in switching to highly efficient bulbs such as LEDs. Through strategies and programs at the federal and local level to convert to energy-saving lamps in public places. During the event, the "Dubai Lamp" was launched by Dubai Municipality in collaboration with Phillips, as one of the outputs of the future accelerators. Dubai Lamp is the world's most efficient lamp, with a capacity of up to 200 lumens per watt, providing nearly 90% of energy reduction if replaced by conventional lamps. This lamp is a successful example of cooperation between government and private sector to reach an innovative product that achieves record results. During the meeting, samples of the Dubai lamp were distributed to representatives of participating countries.

On the sidelines of the Clean Energy Ministerial Forum in Beijing, HE the Minister of Energy met with the US Energy Minister and HE the Commissioner of the European Union. The two meetings discussed enhancing cooperation in the field of energy with the United States of America and the European Union. The meetings were attended by HE Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Eng. Abdullah Al Shehyari, Director of Productivity Department at the Ministry.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) was awarded the Leadership Award in Energy Management of the Eighth Clean Energy Ministerial Forum for its excellence in implementing the best standards of energy management at the global level from 37 institutions from 21 countries. The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) and Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) were also honored during the ceremony for their active participation in the competition, by highlighting their achievements in implementing international standards in energy management. These efforts in the energy sector in UAE confirms the intention of UAE  institutions to increase energy productivity and achieve the energy strategy to reduce energy demand by 40%.

The Clean Energy Ministerial Forum brings together 25 countries from all over the world, all of which believe in the importance of clean energy and make efforts to increase the contribution of clean energy, collaborate on smart networks, energy switching, deploying pilot lighting applications, smart cities and high-efficiency air conditioners, and sharing best practices and expertise in this matter. Among the members of the Clean Energy Forum are the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, China, India, France, Germany and Russia. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are the only Arab countries in this forum. In 2012, the United Arab Emirates hosted the second meeting of the Clean Energy Ministerial Forum.

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