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UAE calls for promoting global use of technologies for efficient energy

posted on 12/05/2007: 686 views

New York -The UAE calls upon the international community to follow an inclusive, non selective, vision while setting policies and measures related to energy, preservation of environment and development needs, said Friday Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Kindi UAE Minister of Environment and Water.

"The UAE calls for further efforts and support to the international partnership in order to confront the environment and development challenges in the world, and to deal with the underlying causes to their aggravation in the developing countries, such as poverty, armed conflicts, foreign occupation and arms race, in peaceful ways and according to the Charter and the international laws", said Al-Kindi who headed the UAE delegation to the High-level segment of the 15th session of the Committee on Sustainable Development CSD-15 which was opened on 30 April.

Delivering UAE's speech before the High-level segment of CSD-15 (9-11 May, 2007), Al-Kindi stressed that "the United Arab Emirates continues its efforts, on the local, regional and international levels to implement the commitments, to which the international community committed itself, to protect the global environment and advance Sustainable Development in all its aspects." "In addition, UAE ratified a law on unified industrial system for GCC countries to develop and promote industry in the Gulf countries. In February 2007, the UAE hosted the world summit on sustainable Energy Resources in Arid regions and it is preparing to host the first World Summit on Energy for the Future in January 2008, in a demonstration of its keen interest and ability to bring together local and international efforts in the area of future energy and advanced technology for energy.

The UAE, he noted , "has adopted the National Environment Strategy and its plan of action which succeeded in achieving substantial progress in related areas." "In the fields of energy, the country succeeded in applying zero emission policies on all oil related activities, mainstreaming the use of unleaded fuel, and replacing Diesel and heavy fuel with natural gas in the transportation sectors. We also succeeded in expanding the green areas inside the urban cities as well as the desert areas, which consequently will contribute significantly to the reduction of Caron Dioxide in the air." "The UAE paid serious attention to renewable energy resources during recent years and has established a number of experimental projects to generate energy from renewable resources", he said.

"The optimum of these efforts was reached in March 2006 by announcing the initiative of establishing Abu Dhabi for Future Energy (MASDAR), a complete multifaceted initiative to adopt technologies for sun energy in the UAE", he added.

Elaborating on the UAE government's recently announced strategy aiming to achieve sustainable development in all sectors, Al-Kindi said "the infra structure sector plays an essential role in such strategy where it focuses on increasing energy efficiency in business projects and defines the most effective ways for energy consumption." The strategy, he noted, "emphasizes the importance of adherence to the laws and requirements of construction with a view to reduce electricity consumption and setting environmental standards in all activities that impact the environment." "It advocates the use of technologies for renewable energy in houses, especially big apartments/ houses compounds. Like wise, it underscores the importance of setting measures and specifications for environment friendly equipments and machineries, such as the means of transportations and house appliances, which are required to provide high energy usage efficiency." He specifically pointed to the importance of "developing and promoting the use of technologies for efficient energy", as well as "developing a system to support researches on clean fissile energy and creating new effective technologies to reduce the green house gases through the use of reabsorbing and injecting techniques." "The UAE has joined all international and regional treaties on environment and Sustainable Development. It has entered a number of regional and International partnerships in order to push forward the plans and programs related to environment and development, such as launching Zayed International Prize for Environment and Abu Dhabi Declaration on Environment Data. It also signed an agreement to establish a permanent regional office on its lands for the Arab Organization for Industrial Development and Mining", concluded the UAE minister.

More than 80 Ministers attended the High-level Segment of CSD-15 (9-11 May, 2007). Two ministerial Roundtables were held on 9 May 2007, one focusing on energy for sustainable development and industrial development, the other air pollution and climate change. The Roundtables will provide further opportunities for thematic discussions among Ministers, focusing on how to expedite implementation. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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