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Green, sustainable initiatives transform UAE to int’l centre for renewable energy, sustainability, says Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

WAM DUBAI: The long-term national initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum last year under the theme “Green Economy for Sustainable Development”, aims for the UAE to become an international centre in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in his opening speech of the second edition of Dubai Global Energy Forum (DGEF 2013) at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai.

“We, at the Supreme Council are constantly looking to enhance the efficiency of renewable energy sources, and our recommendations have been translated into numerous initiatives. This is represented in several projects in the field of renewable energy, the most important being the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.” “This initiative is a part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to achieve the vision of the Government of Dubai to put the security and sustainability of its supply of energy as one of its primary targets. We are working within a framework for energy demand management initiatives to decrease demand by 30% by 2030, to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, to offset the environmental challenges created by climate change,” Saeed Al Tayer said.

Following is the full text of opening speech of Dubai Global Energy Forum (DGEF 2013) by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in Dubai, today.

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In the name of Allah the All Merciful Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Your Highnesses Your Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen Peace be upon you and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

To begin with, on behalf of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy it gives me great pleasure to welcome Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who honours us all with your presence today, to share in the inauguration of the second session of the Dubai Global Energy Forum. I extend my thanks, appreciation and gratitude from all of us to Your Highness.

I am also pleased to welcome Your Highnesses and Excellencies and all other distinguished guests who grace us with your presence on this important occasion. Dubai is today playing host to the second session of the Dubai Global Energy Forum, under the theme �Clean Energy for Sustainable Development.’ This year’s forum builds upon the success achieved by the first session held in 2011.

Your Highness Distinguished Guests Words cannot express anything else but admiration for our feelings towards you for your great achievements and your innovative initiatives, which are now a roadmap that has translated into strategies that enhance prosperity, development and established our position on a global scale.

The United Arab Emirates has become a leading global centre for research and development in renewable energy and sustainability. So thank you, Your Highness.

Your Highness, Distinguished guests.

The United Arab Emirates has realised many great achievements in various developing areas. These achievements have confirmed the UAE Vision 2021 that achieving sustainable development and building a competitive economy that is less reliant on fossil fuel resources must be done by optimising sustainable energy.

This Forum today fully supports the long-term national initiative launched by Your Highness, called �Green Economy for Sustainable Development,’ which aims for the UAE to become an international centre in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. We, at the Supreme Council are constantly looking to enhance the efficiency of renewable energy sources, and our recommendations have been translated into numerous initiatives. This is represented in several projects in the field of renewable energy, the most important being the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

This initiative is a part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to achieve the vision of the Government of Dubai to put the security and sustainability of its supply of energy as one of its primary targets. We are working within a framework for energy demand management initiatives to decrease demand by 30% by 2030, to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, to offset the environmental challenges created by climate change.

In addition to this, Dubai has implemented world-class practices in the field of sustainability, where the Supreme Council continues its efforts to reach the highest levels in this field according to its strategy.

Distinguished guests During Dubai’s unprecedented rise, the Emirate has achieved remarkable advances and is now considered one of the most competitive global centres in all sectors. These achievements are characterised by the availability of modern infrastructure and high-quality services that are the basis for prosperity and improved standards of living.

Distinguished guests Energy in all its forms is a key driver for global sustainable development. In the light of climate change, which is affecting planet Earth, clean energy is an active component in sustainable development. It is therefore of vital importance to study clean energy from various perspectives. This can only be achieved by an exchange of differing points of view to reach the best and most innovative solutions in providing clean energy. At the same time environmental considerations and developing our nation’s capabilities must be put at the top of our priorities in these discussions.

The objectives of the Dubai Global Energy Forum integrate seamlessly with other energy forums at the local, regional and global levels. This is especially true of the World Energy Forum, which was held in Dubai last year, the first city to host the Forum outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. Under the theme �A Forum for World Leaders,’ the Forum concluded with the signing of the �Dubai Declaration,’ which affirms the commitment of world leaders and key decision makers to the cause of sustainable energy. It was also decided that 22 October will be celebrated annually as World Energy Day.

The Dubai Global Energy Forum’s goals are also aligned with the recommendations of the Rio+20 United Nations conference, held last year under the theme �The Future We Want,’ that drew a roadmap for sustainable development at the international level based on the principles of a Green Economy.

The Forum’s inaugural session, held in 2011, laid the foundations for important principles when it issued its recommendations for sustainable development. This year’s session confirms the commitment of our government and people to keep pace with the world in providing clean power as a means to drive sustainable development of the nation and its people. The Forum will facilitate discussion of the most prominent energy, environment and sustainability issues most relevant in the world today.

Topics at this year’s Forum include: investing in green projects, the potential for nuclear power in the Middle East, how to take advantage of solar energy, and methods of influencing consumer behaviour to reduce water and electricity usage. There are going to be insights into pioneering research, current policies and the outlook for this vitally-important sector, alongside the initiatives, technologies and investment opportunities needed to encourage the trend towards using clean energy to drive sustainable development.

Your Highness Today, we look forward to seeing the outcomes of this year’s Forum that will provide vision and generate creative outcomes, which will benefit all humanity in its quest to reach a sustainable future under the theme of this session – Clean Energy for Sustainable Development.

May peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.” === END TEXT.

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