Wednesday, March 30, 2011

UAE HOSTS SECOND CLEAN ENERGY MINISTERIAL, A GLOBAL FORUM TO ACCELERATE CLEAN ENERGY ADOPTION



·         Ministers, international business leaders and NGOs gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss policies and programs advancing clean energy
·         UAE contributing to four initiatives addressing key areas of clean energy progress

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 30 March, 2011 – The second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2), a high-level global forum promoting policies and programs to advance clean energy, will be held in Abu Dhabi 6-7 April, bringing together ministers from the world’s major economies. In cooperation with the United States, the United Arab Emirates will lead the dialogue amongst 21 governments – including ministers, business leaders and nongovernmental organizations – to progress initiatives that will accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, and Chief Executive of Masdar, said: “We are honoured that the UAE is acting as a global meeting ground to develop and help shape the policies and programs that will facilitate a future based on clean energy solutions.”

“This week is a natural progression in the vision of our wise leadership – it is a testament to the UAE’s ongoing commitment to developing and deploying renewable energy,” Dr. Al Jaber said.  “We look to further build upon our leadership in innovating and employing clean energy technologies, for the benefit of our nation and the entire world.”

David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, said: “We are pleased that the second Clean Energy Ministerial will be held in Abu Dhabi, which is showing considerable leadership in promoting clean energy solutions.  The Clean Energy Ministerial provides an important forum for major economies to accelerate the transition to clean energy technologies.”

Ministers at CEM2 will build upon 11 specific initiatives, with a focus on energy efficiency, clean energy supply and mobilizing smart public finance. The government officials will also collaborate with the private sector and other stakeholders from around the world in roundtables to engage in dialogue on clean energy issues including: regulatory strategies for utility-scale energy efficiency; innovative technologies for energy efficiency; renewable energy and energy access; and sustainable cities.

The UAE is actively participating in four initiatives, which include the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Women’s Initiative (C3E), the Clean Energy Solutions Center, the Carbon Capture Use and Storage Action Group, and the Multilateral Working Group on Wind and Solar Technologies.

As part of the C3E Initiative, distinguished female leaders from around the world will discuss “The Role of Women in the Clean Energy Revolution” in an event hosted by the Masdar Institute.

“The UAE’s contributions to initiatives like C3E – which will inspire and empower young women to become clean energy leaders – are creating tangible, real-life tools to support the nation’s long-term transition to a knowledge-based economy centered around sustainable energy solutions,” added Dr. Al Jaber.

CEM2 comes to Abu Dhabi during an important week when the emirate is also hosting the historic First Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA is mandated by its members to promote the adoption of renewable energy worldwide.

The United Arab Emirates has placed renewable energy and climate change high on its agenda, demonstrated through a variety of actions including the inception of the Masdar initiative, the Abu Dhabi green building code (Estidama), the World Future Energy Summit and the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

“The UAE recognizes the unprecedented challenge the world faces in securing a sustainable future and it is because of this the nation’s leadership has made a long-term commitment to innovations, investments and collaboration to facilitate the worldwide transition to a clean energy-based future,” said Dr. Al Jaber.

Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.


About UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Energy & Climate Change

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs established its Directorate of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 to ensure that a coordinated effort, involving public and private stakeholders, takes place in the creation of a national climate change strategy and policy. The Directorate’s actions are done through the National Commission on Climate Change, and act as a key measure to UAE’s active engagement in all international dialogues on clean energy and climate change such as COP 16.

For more information about the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please visit: www.mofa.gov.ae

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