UAE & Germany to focus on various energy initiatives in 2022

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The UAE and Germany have discussed ways to collaborate on green hydrogen production and support initiatives in the sector.

A virtual meeting between the task force from the ‘Declaration of Intent’ of the joint cooperation signed by the UAE and Germany, was held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week (ADSW) hosted by Abu Dhabi.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed renewable energy systems, including energy markets and regional connectivity. They explored regional cooperation and ways to exchange knowledge, enhance energy efficiency in the industry and improve exchanging practices in sustainable cooling systems.

Mr. Sharif Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, chaired the sixth meeting with Dr. Patrick Graichen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

According to the statement, “They also explored climate change challenges and the possibility of making a strategic dialogue between UAE and Germany before COP28 and empowering women in the energy sector, and supporting joint initiatives and innovation centers between the two countries.”

Mr. Al Olama said that “the joint task force announced in November 2021, aims to boost bilateral ties in the clean energy sector, mainly the green hydrogen, through strengthening mutual, private industry, research institutes and organizing a forum to discuss the challenges in the green hydrogen market and achieve Paris Agreement goals.”

The Under-Secretary remarked that five years after signing the ‘Declaration of Intent,’ both countries had achieved progress and hoped to continue working together for mutual benefit.

Mr. Al Olama further noted that hydrogen energy is one of the alternatives for achieving sustainable growth in the UAE, as it can be produced from a variety of sources including oil, gas, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, as well as geothermal and fossil fuel sources. Furthermore, UAE managed to grow in the clean energy sector in a record time, mainly hydrogen as a promised future energy source.

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