UAE, Germany explore new action plans in hydrogen & artificial fuel

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany have discussed ways of establishing a framework for launching new action plans in the energy sector as part of their “Declaration of Intent” of the joint cooperation signed by both countries in 2017.

Both parties are committed to launching an extensive program that includes the formation of an action team specialized in hydrogen and artificial fuel to support the ambitious plans to increase clean energy production and support the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Mr. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, hailed the UAE-Germany bilateral ties, which date back to 1972 and have been strengthened by the signing of a strategic partnership agreement in 2004, a “Declaration of Intent” in 2017, and mutual visits by the two countries leaders.

Mr. Al Mazrouei also mentioned that the two countries agreed to launch initiatives and projects to support the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, emphasizing the importance of fostering cooperation by exploring opportunities to exchange related expertise and develop a sustainable and green energy industry.

Under this framework, the UAE highlighted its key developments and achievements in the areas of energy, environmental protection and sustainability and its leading projects. More than $17 billion have been invested by the country in six continents, including in 27 countries facing threats posed by climate change.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei
Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei
Minister of Energy & Infrastructure

“Germany is one of the strategic partners of the UAE in the field of energy, and our relations are witnessing promising improvements, as there are potential and future development opportunities that could help both of us achieve overall aspirations. Bilateral partnerships could help implement the plans for transitioning into clean energy and assist both countries in drafting projects and initiatives.”

The UAE provides solar energy at competitive prices, while Germany has the potential to import renewable and carbon-neutral energy. The innovative technologies of German companies are expected to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve economic diversification.

Mr. Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany stressed that the meeting aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The German government has set its annual hydrogen requirement goal at 110 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2030. Considering the excellent conditions for producing renewable energy in the UAE, it could become a major source of green hydrogen and help Germany to achieve its goal.

“At DEWA, we support the UAE’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality, in line with Dubai’s firm commitment to sustainability. The production of green hydrogen is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050,” said Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

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