The UAE Leading in Energy for the Future

  • 19 January 2014

Taking the initiative in renewable and sustainable energy, the UAE is playing host to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and is carrying out pioneering projects such as the Masdar City project, which is said to be the world’s first-ever carbon-free city. The UAE is also taking interest in sponsoring international events such as the 7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which will be held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces on January 20-22, within the framework of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) scheduled for January 18-25.

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) has become the globe’s largest and most significant platform for discussing renewable energy, given the fact that it is hosted by the UAE — a leader in increasing international awareness on the subject of sustainable energy — and because the WFES is attended by a distinguished audience as diverse as government and non-government officials, experts and professionals from various parts of the world.

In addition to this international event, there is also the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) which was announced by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in 2008. The $4 million prize money makes it the biggest in the world as it encourages sustainable development and promotes renewable energy. The Prize is awarded for innovative, non-conventional solutions by parties that face climate change and develop sustainable energy resources.

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has played a significant role in the formulation of scientific approaches. The ECSSR is a regular participant at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), where its varied energy-related publications are showcased. The ECSSR’s most recent contribution has been Technology and the Future of Energy (in English and Arabic), and the Center is one of the premier regional and international institutions taking interest on this issue. Since its establishment, the ECSSR has held an annual energy conference whose 19th session was convened last October under the title ‘Unconventional Fossil Fuels: The Next Hydrocarbon Revolution?’ Special attention was paid to the future of energy, new and renewable sources, as well as energy relations with sustainable development. This makes the ECSSR an institution with impeccable credentials and a rich repository of knowledge and data in the field of energy.