UAE : Ambitious ‘green’ projects underway

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The Global Green Growth Institute has worked with a total of 12 donor countries, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, South Korea,UK and UAE, to set out a green agenda for the next two years focusing on countries struggling to fight against climate change while keeping the economic growth intact.

According to Yvo de Boer from the institute of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the institute had already been working with the government of Emirates to develop strategies for green growth since end of last year. The second phase will then be to implement it, in which the focus will be driven towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings and green cities. Talks are underway with the 12 countries to discuss long term priorities.

It is estimated that the UAE has invested a total of  USD 400,000 for a strategy to be implemented in Morocco and another USD 600,000 for building cooperation across the region.

Mr. de Boer, the leader of UN’s climate change agency from 2006 to early 2010, said that energy efficiency is the first and most obvious practice that is often being ignored.

Last week, Mr. de Boer met with Dr. Thani AL Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate and Environment, Saed AL Tayer, Managing Director of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Adnan Amin, the Director General of the International Renewable Energy, where all parties spoke about Dubai’s energy consumption rate.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi added that he was proud the see the UAE ready to capitalise on international opportunities. With a  commitment of more than USD 840 million, UAE strives to boost renewable energy in more than 30 countries.

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