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ADSG members plan ahead

At its fourth Quarterly Forum Meeting, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) discussed the group’s strategy for the years 2014 to 2018. The meeting was hosted by an ADSG member, Rotana, where members explored the current and upcoming sustainability issues that the group should work on.

During the opening of the meeting, Huda Al Houqani, ADSG’s director, said: “Our focus will remain on partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing – as our chosen operating model to advance economic, social, and environmental objectives simultaneously.”

During the meeting the group announced that one of its members, Masdar, is working closely with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is an international non-profit organisation that provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.

The ADSG invited its members to form a pilot group of companies in Abu Dhabi to further develop their carbon reporting, in accordance with the CDP’s reporting approach.

During the meeting, and the group discussed its forthcoming plans to participate at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week taking place next year from January 18-24.

 

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Exhibitors sign-up for World Future Energy Summit 2014

The world’s leading innovators in clean energy are signing up to exhibit at the 7th World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar, January 20-22 next year as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Organiser of WFES 2014, Reed Exhibitions, has announced that 90% of exhibition space has already been sold for next year’s event, with strong interest in the new Sustainable Living Area that will provide energy and water -efficient solutions for urban living, including a full-size eco-home, eco-transport models, and a fully-functioning hotel room sponsored by Rotana Hotels, and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

WFES’s show director, Naji El Haddad said: “Investment in renewable energy, particularly within the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, is growing as more and more governments and private partners commit to large-scale clean energy projects.

“Indeed, the recent WFES insight report into solar energy development in MENA shows the huge potential for developing a large solar industry in the region due to its natural advantages of abundant sunshine and a strong power grid and road network. More importantly, the industry is strongly supported by governments that are committed to the development of clean energy sources to reduce their domestic reliance on fossil fuels.”

Already renowned for showcasing the latest in clean energy technologies, WFES 2014 will once again be the international event that the sustainability industry looks to for new innovations, with exciting new exhibits planned and many exhibitors confirming they will launch breakthrough products.

Next year’s seventh edition of the World Future Energy Summit will be co-located with the second edition of the International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition, also hosted by Masdar, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and is the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from 19-22 January 2014.

 

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IRENA confirms first permanent diplomatic representatives

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) received its first two permanent representatives last week. This will be a key step to build up the diplomatic functions of the young organisation’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Representatives of the UAE and Germany presented their credentials to IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, at ceremonies in Abu Dhabi.

Amin said: “The appointment of permanent representatives reinforces IRENA’s partnership with the UAE, Germany and other member countries, strengthening international cooperation to capitalise on the huge market changes that are making renewable energy a competitive, realistic option around the world.”

Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, a former IRENA Council chair is now newly appointed as UAE Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary.

He said: “IRENA is the first major multilateral organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East, and it heralds an era of change in the heart of the energy industry.”

The German Ambassador to the UAE, Nikolai von Schoepff, said: “The quick accreditation of Germany is significant proof of the increasingly important role IRENA is playing as the international organisation for the promotion of renewable energy and the sustainable use of all its forms.”

As part of the UAE’s commitment as host country, IRENA will move by 2015 to a purpose-built headquarters building in Abu Dhabi’s low-carbon, Masdar City.

IRENA will hold its 4th General Assembly in Abu Dhabi on January 18 and 19, kicking off the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

 

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Exhibitors sign-up for WFES 2014 amid increasing business opportunities in clean energy

With the search for sustainable energy solutions now topping the agendas of international governments, the world’s leading innovators in clean energy are signing up to exhibit at the 7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES), hosted by Masdar, from January 20-22, 2014 as a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Organiser of WFES 2014, Reed Exhibitions, has announced that 90% of exhibition space has already been sold for next year’s event, with strong interest in the new Sustainable Living Area that will provide energy and water-efficient solutions for urban living, including a full-size eco-home, eco-transport models, and a fully-functioning hotel room sponsored by Rotana Hotels, and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

Frost & Sullivan as an Industry Supporter for WFES 2014 will author an exclusive Whitepaper for the Delegates. The Industry Whitepaper will focus on the future of clean energy, lessons to be learnt from other regions’ experience and also emphasise on the need for a focussed approach to create an environment that can nurture the growth of renewable energy and smart grids in the region.

Already renowned for showcasing the latest in clean energy technologies, WFES 2014 will once again be the international event that the sustainability industry looks to for new innovations, with exciting new exhibits planned and many exhibitors confirming they will launch breakthrough products.

 

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UAE collaborates with World Energy Council for ADSW

Last week, the UAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Energy Council (WEC) to be the capital host of the WEC Energy Leader Dialogue (WELD) during next January’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).
The dialogue will be held under the theme of ‘Energy Challenges to 2050: Balancing the need for Energy Security, Energy Access and Environmental Impact Mitigation’.

It will bring together global energy leaders to focus on critical and emerging energy issues such as the energy-water nexus, renewables and energy access, as well as the outlook and implications of the shale gas revolution.

Dr Al Zeyoudi, the director of the Climate Change and Energy Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “Adding the WEC platform to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week enhances the discussion of how global energy options can be shaped and leveraged for the sustainability of the industry.”

UAE has announced its intention to bid for the 2019 World Energy Congress when the process begins in January next year.

ADSW which will take place from January 18 to 24, is one of the world’s largest annual sustainability events, drawing over 30,000 public and private sector delegates from some 160 countries. It includes the World Future Energy Summit, the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, the International Water Summit and the award ceremony of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s leading sustainable energy honour.

 

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