Re­new­able en­ergy to help re­duce emis­sions

UAE hailed for show­cas­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties of sus­tain­able en­ergy fu­ture

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Ahigh-level re­port has found that the de­vel­op­ment and de­ploy­ment of re­new­able sources, and in­crease in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, will meet 90 per cent of the emis­sion re­duc­tions needed to main­tain global tem­per­a­ture rises to be­low two de­grees Cel­sius, a top re­new­able en­ergy ex­pert an­nounced in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

The two-de­gree global tem­per­a­ture rise tar­get was set for this cen­tury as part of the 2015 Paris cli­mate agree­ment, and Ad­nan Amin, di­rec­tor gen­eral at the In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (Irena), said that so­lar power will make up nearly 30 per cent of the re­new­able en­ergy sources needed to limit tem­per­a­ture rises.

Global GDP

“The en­ergy trans­for­ma­tions [de­tailed in the Irena re­port] will also boost global GDP by 0.8 per cent, and pro­vide 26 mil­lion jobs around the world by 2050,” Amin said.

“The UAE has it­self con­tin­ued to show­case the im­mense pos­si­bil­i­ties of a pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able en­ergy fu­ture. Last year, Abu Dhabi an­nounced the sign­ing of a con­tract signed for a 1.1-gi­gawatt so­lar plant for a record low bid of 2.42 cents per kilo­watt hour. And last month, the Dubai Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Au­thor­ity se­lected Aquapower and Shang­hai Power to build 700 megawatts of con­cen­trated so­lar power at the Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid So­lar Com­plex, and this will de­liver en­ergy at 7.3 cents per kilo­watt-hour, as well as stor­age. Th­ese are re­mark­able de­vel­op­ments,” he added.

Amin was speak­ing at the 2017 So­lar World Congress, which saw 500 sci­en­tists and en­ergy ex­perts shar­ing their ex­per­tise, de­vel­op­ments and break­through in re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies.

3.1 mil­lion jobs

The open­ing of the four­day congress was at­tended by sev­eral gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Dr Thani Ah­mad Al Zey­oudi, UAE Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change and En­vi­ron­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the Congress, Dr Al Zey­oudi said the UAE has been at the fore­front of the global en­ergy surge, hav­ing se­cured record low so­lar en­ergy prices thrice in the past two years for projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Ac­cord­ing to Amin, so­lar is the fastest grow­ing re­new­able en­ergy source, with 300 gi­gawatts of in­stalled so­lar pho­to­voltaic ca­pac­ity in 2016, and 3.1 mil­lion jobs in the sec­tor.

De­spite such progress, much more needs to be done to make en­ergy sys­tems more sus­tain­able, of­fi­cials said.

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