UAE bids to host World Energy Congress
Abu Dhabi, May 5, 2014
The UAE has submitted its bid to host the 2019 World Energy Congress (WEC), a platform that brings together the largest group of experts, decision-makers and key players in the global energy sector worldwide.
Voting for the hosting country is due to take place in Colombia during October this year, said UAE ministry of Energy, announcing the bid.
In the event Abu Dhabi wins the bid to host the Congress, it would mark the first time the conference is held in an Opec member state since it was first held 90 years ago.
To win the bid to host WEC 2019, the UAE relies on its experience and prestige as a pioneer in the various fields of conventional and renewable energy and looks forwards to allowing participants and members to seize investment opportunities in the market and creating a platform for exchange of information and expertise in various energy fields, the statement said.
It has also been announced that preparations have commenced to issue the ‘State of Energy Report in the UAE 2015’ in collaboration with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The preparation of this report comes in line with UAE’s energy strategy and for highlighting the best practices and success stories of national activities in the process of developing the energy sector, renewable energy contribution in the UAE’s energy diversification policy, energy efficiency criteria as well as the consolidation of efforts to achieve clean, safe and sustainable energy as the main basis of promoting economic and social growth and development. The UAE is currently undertaking fast-paced efforts towards diversifying energy sources and seeks to achieve a proportion of clean energy of up to 24 per cent of the overall energy in the UAE.
Dr Mattar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy, revealed the report plans and noted its strategic importance for the UAE during the transformation process which the UAE leads towards green economy and sustainable development, hence meeting the ambitious objectives of UAE’s Agenda 2021.
The State of Energy Report 2015 is due to be launched at the World Energy day on October 22. -TradeArabia News Service