In celebration of the United Arab Emirate’s visionary leadership sustainability, the country showcased its accomplishments in clean energy innovation at the UAE Pavilion at the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France.
“Since the founding of our country, the UAE has been developing sustainable solutions to protect the interests of future generations and address the impacts of climate change” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, during his visit to the pavilion.
“The UAE Pavilion is a creative display of our efforts that recognizes the progress we have made to help move the world forward toward a sustainable future.”
The UAE Pavilion highlighted the UAE’s leadership in future energy innovations at home at abroad under four key pillars: energy, technology and innovation, global partnerships and deployment assistance, and sustainable development. Projects from the UAE’s public and private sector were showcased throughout the pavilion, including renewable energy projects, clean technology research, energy efficiency initiatives, a commercial-scale carbon capture, use and storage project, and the development of solar-powered desalination plants.
“The UAE is the largest renewable energy investor in the region and the country is driving clean technology breakthroughs through research and development,” said H.E. Dr. Al Jaber.
“Our strategic approach in leveraging technology, innovation and global partnerships has yielded significant economic and social benefits in our pursuit to diversify our economy and protect our environment.”
The country has set an ambitious goal to achieve a 24 percent clean energy mix by 2021, further strengthening its commitment to climate action.
In addition, recent UAE announcements such as Mission Innovation, a global effort to increase research and development investments in clean energy, and the International Solar Alliance, a coalition to promote the development and deployment of solar power, demonstrate the UAE’s continued progress in sustainable development.
The UAE Pavilion is part of the La Galerie exhibition of low carbon solutions, held alongside COP21. Other exhibitors include governments, international organizations, and companies. The exhibition is open to all COP21 attendees and is expected to draw 50,000 visitors from December 2-9.