UAE And Germany To Launch Program Supporting Clean Energy

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UAE and Germany will launch an extensive programme to support clean energy production and the Paris Climate Change Agreement specialized in green hydrogen and artificial fuel. This is with regard to the completion of the “Declaration of Intent” of the joint cooperation signed by both countries in the year 2017.

The meeting was held in the presence of Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure (UAE), with Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany), Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Sharif Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and other government officials with some private representatives.

“The bilateral relations between the two countries have witnessed significant development in recent years thanks to the support of the leadership of both countries. Similar partnerships could help implement the plans for transitioning into clean energy and assist both countries in drafting projects and initiatives that support the Paris Climate Change Agreement,” said Al Mazrouei.

“Germany is one of the strategic partners of the UAE in the field of energy, and their relations are witnessing promising improvements, as there are potential and future development opportunities that could help achieve their overall aspirations,” he added.

Al Mazrouei further said. “The UAE provides solar energy at competitive prices, while Germany has a potential to import renewable and carbon-neutral energy. The innovative technologies of German companies will support the UAE’s efforts to achieve economic diversification,” he added.

Both the countries agrees to launch projects and initiatives supporting the strategic initiative of UAE in achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Andreas Feicht said, “The aim of such meetings is to promote cooperation between the two countries in green hydrogen to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The German government has set the country’s annual hydrogen requirement goal at 110 TWh by 2030, which is unavailable locally. Considering the excellent conditions for producing renewable energy in the UAE, it could become a major source of green hydrogen and help Germany in this regard.”

“German-Emirati relations are a model to be followed globally in all areas, and we are keen to strengthen them on all fronts. Our partnership with the UAE in green hydrogen and artificial fuel will help us achieve our ambitious goal of decarbonisation,” he added.

The bilateral ties between the UAE and Germany began in 1972 and were strengthened by the signing of a strategic partnership agreement between the two friendly countries in 2004.

Al Tayer said, “Launching the Emirati-German Bilateral Task Force on Hydrogen and Synthetic Fuels is a significant step that supports the UAE’s initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. It confirms the UAE’s leadership in the clean and renewable energy sector, as green hydrogen contributes to enhancing global efforts in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change, as it as a promising source for clean energy.

“At DEWA, we support the UAE’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality, in line with Dubai’s firm commitment to sustainability. The production of green hydrogen is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.” added Al Tayer.

UAE has investment of around US$17 billion in six continents, including in 27 countries facing threats posed by climate change, he noted.

“DEWA has implemented a green hydrogen project in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy at DEWA’s R&D Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to produce hydrogen using solar power. The pilot plant was designed to facilitate future applications and test platforms of different uses for hydrogen, such as energy production, and transportation.”

“DEWA has also invited international consultancies to submit their bids to develop a strategy for the production of green hydrogen, which represents one of the pillars of a sustainable future that depends on accelerating the transition to carbon neutrality to support a green economy. The objectives are to develop the green mobility sector, and reduce carbon emissions from various industries, as well as generating electrical and thermal energy, producing water and other applications,” he further added.

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