UAE’s Renewable Energy Sector Develops by 400 Percent in 10 Years

Its obligation to clean energy was on full display at the lately held Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a global platform for fast-tracking the world’s sustainable development.

January 31, 2020. By News Bureau


The United Arab Emirates has developed in renewable energy portfolio by over 400 percent in the last ten years and well on track to double it again in the next ten years.

Its obligation to clean energy was on full display at the lately held Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a global platform for fast-tracking the world’s sustainable development.

“To complement our clean energy portfolio, this year we will become the first country in the region to deliver safe, commercial and peaceful nuclear power. In short, the UAE not only talks the talk, but walks the walk when it comes to delivering sustainable, clean energy. We do this because it is right and it makes perfect economic sense,” Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar, said. He was outlining how the UAE was harnessing energy and technologies of the future to drive sustainability.

Through initiatives such as the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Masdar, renewable energy projects totalling almost 12 gigawatts were launched in the UAE and in more than 30 countries around the world.

The CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company believed the company would further reinforce its commitment to environment stewardship by reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity by 25 per cent by the year 2030. It will limit fresh water consumption to below 0.5 per cent of total water use and increase carbon capture, utilisation, and storage program by 500 per cent.

“We will plant 10 million mangroves in Abu Dhabi Al Dhafra region preventing coastline erosion and protecting biodiversity offshore and on land,” Al Jaber said.

Several agreements were signed during the week-long event. Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies and a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, and Cepsa, a global energy and chemical company owned by Mubadala and The Carlyle Group, announced an agreement to establish a joint venture company to develop renewable energy projects in Spain and Portugal.

“Masdar is proud to use its strong track record in renewables to help Spain and Portugal increase the share of clean energy in their energy mix. The Iberian Peninsula is an attractive location for renewable energy investors and we look forward to expanding our renewable energy portfolio further into the region, while strengthening our partnership with Cepsa,” Masdar, chief executive officer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, said.

Masdar also made its first investment in Australia after acquiring a 40 per cent stake in the country’s second utility-scale waste-to-energy facility. The facility will recover approximately 70,000 TPA of bottom ash, which will be processed for use in road bases and other construction materials.

The WTE facility will generate 29MW of baseload renewable energy, enough to power more than 36,000 homes and displace more than three lakh tonne of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy also signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation for cooperation in establishing energy efficiency and exploring hydrogen opportunities.

In its attempt to mark its entry into Southeast Asia market, Masdar signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the state electricity company in Indonesia, for the first floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the country.

The 145 megawatt (MW) PV plant, which will also be Masdar’s first floating solar PV project, will be built on a 225-hectare plot of the 6200-hectare Cirata Reservoir, in the West Java region. Masdar is developing the plant with PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB), a subsidiary of PLN.

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