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Ministry of Energy and Industry signs the Energy and Water Demand Program

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Ministry of Energy and Industry (MoEI) has signed the National Energy and Water Demand Program, an initiative to align the National Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched last year as a part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The contract was signed at the Ministry of Energy and Industry's platform by HE Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi; Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy & Industry, and MWH company, a leading engineering and consulting company, in the presence of HE Eng. Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy. The six-month study period is dedicated to the development of a major action plan for the Energy Demand Management Program for all vital sectors in UAE such as the construction, industry, transport and agriculture sectors in collaboration with the strategic partners to strengthen the existing national efforts towards a better future for UAE.

His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, affirmed that building a sustainable, diversified economy, that is based on knowledge and innovation, is one of the top priorities of the UAE Vision 2021;  and it is directly in line with the leadership's directives to integrate qualified national cadres into the future of the promising industrial sector.

HE Dr. Matar Al Neyadi said that the signing of the contract comes within the framework of beginning the second phase of the Energy Strategy 2050, which is a study of the potentials to achieve the national program of energy demand. This includes the legislative framework to achieve this goal, taking into consideration the current efforts of the state and the best global practices in the field of energy efficiency, in a manner that balances with the energy productivity and economies of the state.

He added that the ministry has made great strides in the National Water Strategy 2036, which is closely linked to the national indicators. This vital project was launched at the Annual Meetings of the UAE Government in 2017. He stressed the need to study the possibilities to achieve the national program for water demand, Taking into account the current efforts made by the state, and the best global practices in the sustainability of water resources.

For her part, Eng. Fatima Al Foora Al Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity and Future Energy, pointed out that the Energy and Water Demand Program is one of the priority initiatives that is being pursued directly by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for this year.

She said: “The National Program is designed to take the practical and operational nature of feasible plans that has a direct short, medium and long term impact; and with the participation of the concerned partners in the country, such program to be the first comprehensive national implemented plan for the management of energy and water demand at the state level”.

The signing ceremony was attended by Acting Director General of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Dr Saif Saleh Al Siyari, HE Khalifa Al Mansouri, Undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development and a number of officials.

The Ministry of Energy and Industry has also launched the Emirates Energy Management Award, which is a local extension of the Global Award, in which we aim to mobilize existing local efforts. The award will be in line with national strategies to achieve national targets within the agenda of UAE Vision 2021  and the UAE Future Energy Strategy 2050.

On the other hand, HE Dr. Matar Al Neyadi opened the work of the Supervisory Committee for UAE- German Cooperation in the energy sector,  in implementation of the cooperation agreement signed in 2017 between the two friendly countries during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

* Source: WAM - translated by MOEI

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