The chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy believes the world is at a crossroads as it attempts to meet the global energy challenge.
Speaking during the four-day World Energy Congress, Awaidha Murshed Al Marar said that global energy is “undergoing change at an unprecedented speed” driven by a blend of innovations in technology.
Al Marar added that the emerging supply and demand dynamics that influence consumer behaviour and policymaking frameworks were also influencing policy.
''We stand at a crossroads today, one that makes the transition to renewables and clean energy imperative to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the tenets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,” he said.
“Abu Dhabi and the UAE take this energy transition very seriously and place it at the core of their programmes and strategies for the sector.”
That sentiment is echoed by Younghoon David Kim, chair of the World Energy Council, who in his opening address at the congress said that the UAE capital has become the "frontier of a sustainable energy future".
He also noted the Emirate’s efforts to move away from a centralised energy industry to a more diverse knowledge-based sector.
"We are now ready to soar higher than ever [before], riding on the waves of disruptive technologies," he said.
Al Marar said that hosting the 24th World Energy Congress represented a significant milestone in achieving aspirations to become the world’s leading energy capital.
“It creates momentum for us at the Abu Dhabi DoE to carry on with our mission of steering the emirate’s transition towards an efficient, sustainable, and environmentally responsible system.
''The demand for energy and energy technologies is on the rise, and with that in mind, we developed the Abu Dhabi Integrated Energy Model, ‘Energy Cube’, which taps into advanced technological tools to test the impact of existing policies on the energy sector and the wider economy, while helping to project future scenarios for the next 10 to 30 years.
“We also continue to develop a solid energy infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, and we will be pleased to share our portfolio of the world’s leading projects such as the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, Noor Abu Dhabi Solar PV Plant, Al Taweelah Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant, Masdar Clean Energy Company, and many more during the congress.”