The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), extended an agreement among themselves to exchange expertise to promote sustainable development and decided to issue a comprehensive ‘State of the Energy Report’ about Dubai on 22 October, 2013.
The agreement was signed by HE Ahmed Butti Al Mehairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council, Waleed Salman, Chairman of DCCE, and Paulo Limbo, UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE, at the headquarters of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
The three organisations also agreed to organise a conference to be attended by representatives of the member states of the European Union, GCC countries, and several Arab states, which will serve as a platform for exchanging best practices and expertise and strengthening a mutual platform from which to promote renewable energy initiatives.
“The extension of the agreement is in fulfillment of the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last year, to promote sustainable development in Dubai,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council.
“The UNDP plays an important role in promoting the highest international standards and best practices in the field of sustainability to further support regional and international projects and efforts aimed at achieving sustainable development,” added Al Tayer.
“Our achievements include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and ‘DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, among others, have positioned us as international model in the field of green economy and sustainability,” said Al Tayer.
“It is an honour to collaborate with the UNDP to issue the ‘State of the Energy Report,’ which covers all aspects of the energy sector, including investment opportunities, challenges, green technology, and sustainability,” said Al Mehairbi. “Adopting best practices across various projects in Dubai has contributed to positioning the Emirate as an international and pioneering hub in the field of sustainability.”
The DCCE and the UNDP will collaborate to issue the ‘State of the Energy’ report, which highlights various segments in the energy sector.
“Our collaboration with the DCCE adds real value to initiating partnerships between the public and private sectors to drive sustainable development. It also increases the prospects of benefiting from best practices implemented in the renewable and clean energy sector in Dubai,” said Limbo.
The Supreme Council will host a workshop on 27 May 2013, to highlight the key initiatives undertaken along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea in the field of renewable energy, and discuss ways of enhancing joint operations with concerned parties.
“At the DCCE, we are proud to execute various initiatives that aim to achieve sustainable development. We aim to achieve a major step in this field by strengthening collaboration and exchanging expertise on these initiatives. It is an honour to work with the European Union and discuss the role of GCC countries in various renewable-energy initiatives, especially across the Mediterranean region,” said Salman.
The agreement follows a framework agreement signed between the Supreme Council, the UNDP, and the DCCE, on 17 January 2011, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.