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Report: Renewable energy should be make up a third of world use by 2030… ‘at no extra cost’

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report “REmap 2030,” that was published yesterday to coincide with the Wolrd Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent, according to the new report.

“There is a strong economic case for the renewable energy transition. When considering climate change mitigation, health impact and job creation, the transition practically pays for itself,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “More renewables in the energy system provide greater flexibility, increase energy independence, and make the system more resilient.”

The deployment of modern renewables – renewable energy sources that exclude traditional use of biomass – needs to grow more than threefold, the study shows. A rethinking of energy taxes and subsidies is critical to the economic case for renewable energy. A reduction of fossil fuel subsidies will facilitate the uptake of renewables. Subsidies for renewable energy can disappear altogether, if green house gas emissions and other air pollution are reasonably priced.

“Many governments are underestimating the potential of renewables in their planning the for energy transition. To reach the goal of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030, additional efforts are needed, particularly in the building, industry and transport sectors,” Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said. “We identified five areas of national action: Planning realistic but ambitious transition pathways; creating an enabling business environment; managing knowledge of technology options and their deployment; ensuring smooth integration of renewables into the existing infrastructure; and unleashing innovation.”

“REmap 2030” builds on the analysis of the energy supply and demand of 26 countries, which account for 74 per cent of projected global total final energy consumption in 2030. IRENA collaborates with member states and research institutions for “REmap 2030,” which derives its objective from the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 40 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption:  H.E. The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, discussing the “REmap 2030″ report at IRENA’s FT Question Time in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Panelist of the debate included Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup; Dr José Goldemberg, Professor, University of São Paulo; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power International; and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS).


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WFES promises window on the future of sustainable living

At the 7th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar, 30,000 attendees from 172 countries will have the chance to see first-hand the latest products and solutions in sustainable living.

The Sustainable Living Expo (SLE) will showcase an actual-size home and a prototype hotel suite demonstrating how energy- and water-efficient technologies, processes and materials can work together to both manage the human impact on our environment and to reduce the cost of consumed resources.

The SLE is a new exhibition feature at WFES 2014, which will also host in-depth technical presentations by international experts in urban sustainability at a purpose-built theatre.

Organised in partnership with Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority, the SLE ‘Eco-home’ will display organic paint, insulating windows, and low-flow water fixtures, among other advanced products and services that reduce waste, use natural resources more responsibly and save money.

The Eco-home exhibit will appear alongside a model hotel suite also adopting the latest sustainable technologies, sponsored by Rotana Hotels and designed and built by Genesis Manazil.

Innovation in the way we build and operate our homes and offices is essential if we are to mitigate the dramatic environmental impact of the urban landscape.

According to the International Energy Agency, buildings consume more than 40% of total energy and generate a quarter of all carbon emissions. And the problem will only get worse: 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2020.

Urban sustainability will also be top of the agenda at this year’s WFES conference, with the session ‘Energy Efficiency-The Built Environment’ sharing new thinking and practical experience on the topic on January 22, day three of WFES this year.

Internationally renowned speakers will include Mark Hopkins, Director of International Energy Efficiency at the UN Foundation; and Bruce Schlein, Citigroup’s Director of Corporate Sustainability.

As the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the World Future Energy Summit will once again play a vital role in gathering the most prominent people and organisations to address our shared energy and water challenges now and in the future.

And as visitors to the Sustainable Living Expo will testify, many of the solutions begin at home.

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EPDA-RAK recognises The Cove Rotana Resort’s environmental initiatives

The Cove Rotana Resort has been awarded two Environmental Awards from the Ras Al Khaimah Environment Protection & Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) for the best environmental practices and the best practices in saving water, electricity and paper in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Cove Rotana Resort was awarded during a ceremony held at the RAK Chamber of Commerce on December 31 last year.

EPDA-RAK has a mission for protecting the environment and the sustainability of its resources, by providing excellent environmental services and urging everyone to protect and develop our natural resources.

Andreas Mueller, general manager at The Cove Rotana Resort, said: “This award brings us another strong drive to persist our commitment and a unique opportunity to inspire others. We will continue to implement energy awareness programme, to maintain energy and water savings while try to increase the awareness of energy efficiency amongst our staff and guests.”

Bassam Zakaria, director of rooms, The Cove Rotana Resort, said: “It is a motive to continue delivering on of our promises towards the society which is being the best environmental company and submitting more environment friendly product.”


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‘Sustainable infrastructure can save huge environmental and financial costs’

Dewan Architects & Engineers, one of the region’s leading architectural and engineering consulting firms, explored sustainable building and design strategies that help save huge environmental and financial costs. The presentation was delivered at the Big-5 Sustainability Design and Construction Conference.

Engi Jaber (right), architect and sustainability specialist at Dewan, showcased the substantial energy savings the company had achieved through the innovative and sustainable design. Some of the savings included a 33% saving at the Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a 20% saving at the Bateen School in the UAE, and a 25-30% saving at Samarra University in Iraq.

Mohamed Al Assam, founder and chairman of Dewan, said: “Too often, design aesthetics and sustainability are treated as somehow adversarial to each other; this is simply not true. The essence of great design is sustainability. It starts from the earliest planning phases and should be integrated at every stage, seamlessly assimilated into the surrounding local environment – that is what defines iconic architecture. We are proud to say that sustainability is integral to every project at Dewan, which has enabled us to demonstrate clear and substantial energy savings at our landmark developments”.

Dewan’s presentation explored a range of techniques in the design and construction of buildings to improve efficiency, cut waste, and minimise environmental damage. For example, it discussed how envelope insulation materials and systems can reduce up to 50% of energy consumption, while efficient landscaping (through soil enhancement products) can similarly cut irrigation demand in half.

Sustainability is increasingly recognised as a priority in the region, as concerns grow about the looming threat of climate change and energy shortages. According to research figures, almost 70% of the power generated is consumed by commercial buildings. With the rise in electricity costs, the government of the UAE has taken serious measures to reduce its negative impact on the environment.

The authorities have taken various sustainability initiatives and directives aimed at developers, architects, engineers, and the contractors and have invested great sums of money in renewable and energy efficient technologies.

The UAE is now recognised as a key developer in sustainability. It has been chosen on numerous occasions to educate the world on the emerging trends and technologies to achieve sustainability.

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DuPont achieves sustainability goals 3 years ahead of schedule

With the release of its new Sustainability Report yesterday, DuPont today announced it has achieved most of its 2015 sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule and has made substantial progress toward the rest.

“At DuPont, sustainability is a business growth strategy that has been a driving force at our company for decades,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “This report illustrates the progress we have made against our voluntary commitments and the continued integration of sustainability into all our operations.”

The company’s 2015 market-facing goals, set in 2006, focussed on the shared value DuPont products bring to customers. As of last year, the company has generated over $6.7 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We also have invested nearly $4 billion in research and development programmes to develop products with direct, quantifiable environmental benefits for our customers,” Fisher added. “The simultaneous success of our market-facing and footprint goals is the business case for sustainability.”

Since 2004, DuPont has reduced the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to the goal of 15%; lowered global water usage by 12%; earned $2 billion in revenue from products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and $11.8 billion in revenue from products based on non-depletable resources.

DuPont announced a new set of goals in 2012 to focus the company’s work on food security between now and 2020. This is the first year DuPont is reporting progress on these goals. “Our scientists are developing new ways to produce nutritious and affordable food in ways that are more sustainable for our environment and natural resources,” Fisher adds. “We’re investing more than $3 million each day on research and development to this end. More importantly, we included a food security goal committing us to expand our engagement with young people around the world to build knowledge and enthusiasm for growing food and feeding the planet in a sustainable way.”

To read the entire 2013 Sustainability Report: www.dupont.com/corporate-functions/our-approach/sustainability/performance-reporting/sustainability-reports.html

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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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