GGGI opens Mena base in Masdar City
Abu Dhabi, July 7, 2011
South Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), which promotes economic growth based on eco-friendly concepts, has opened its Mena office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City.
“This partnership with the GGGI is a natural progression for the UAE, which has placed a strategic focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and green growth,” said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE special envoy for Energy and Climate Change and chief executive officer of Masdar.
“We look at this partnership as a way to further pool resources to find solutions for the economic and environmental health of our collective future. This partnership between GGGI and the UAE will be a reciprocal, resource-sharing collaboration.”
GGGI seeks to establish green growth plan (GGP) analysis for the UAE and support the reduction of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It aims to focus on developing and implementing specialized training programs to educate workers on the issues surrounding green growth. GGGI will work in close cooperation with the UAE to promote a green growth approach towards sustainable development.
The GGGI Abu Dhabi Office will also work closely with the National Climate Change Committee, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the International Renewable Energy Agency to strengthen existing environmental initiatives.
GGGI board chair Dr Han Seung-soo said: "The GGGI Abu Dhabi Office will serve as a platform for developing collaborative programs and activities that will catalyze the dissemination of green growth within the UAE in cooperation with relevant national agencies and stakeholders and across the entire Mena region."
"GGGI seeks to develop synergistic partnerships between UAE think tanks, businesses and Korean counterparts and other world-leading experts in the areas of energy, green technology and future growth engines,” he added.
Additionally, the GGGI Abu Dhabi Office is intended to serve as a regional hub in tackling issues such as climate change and economic development throughout Mena.
GGGI will also take the initiative to develop tailor-made low carbon green growth models for oil rich and non-Annex I countries with the aim of meeting achievable greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the future.
GGGI deputy executive director Jung Tae-yong will act as interim director of the GGGI Abu Dhabi office. – TradeArabia News Service