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Use energy more efficiently: Al Kindi

posted on 01/02/2007: 1957 views

Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, has said that the world, and the UAE, faces the challenge of using energy more efficiently and of reducing the negative environmental impacts of fossil fuels.

In an article in a special Environment issue of Capital Letter, the magazine of the British Business Group, Abu Dhabi, published to coincide with this week's Environment Exhibition, Al Kindi said that : "Fossil fuels will continue to dominate the energy sector over the next few decades, because of rising demand from emerging economies like those in Asia and because of the lack of alternative sources of energy.”

"The trend towards using cleaner and more advanced technologies for fossil fuels will be fundamental not only for the provision of sufficient energy, at a lower environmental impact, but also to the achievement of sustainable development. One major focus should, therefore, be on making use of 'clean' and proven technologies for the use of fossil fuels for power generation", Al Kindi said.

He pointed out that the transfer of such technologies will help to accelerate growth in the developing countries and to promote self-sufficiency and a greater degree of safety in the use of fossil fuels for energy production. In the future, renewable forms of energy may be able to supplement the use of more traditional sources of energy.

These include technologies developed for small-scale energy production in remote areas. However, these have not come into wide use due to problems such as high cost and inefficiency, even though power grids are now able to make use of energy produced by wind, thermal and solar power systems.

Al Kindi noted that solar energy has the capacity to make a major contribution to satisfying the demand for energy. The UAE has also, he wrote, worked hard to reduce the negative impact of producing and using fossil fuels, by adopting and implementing modern systems of environmental controls and regulation, in particular by making use of the latest technology. The country has been at the forefront of calls for technology transfer in the sphere of energy production and use.

The UAE has also devoted considerable effort in finding new ways of generating energy, recognising that its reserves of hydrocarbons are depleting and that alternative sources of energy must be identified, the Minister added. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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