The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to boost its research and efforts on hydrogen energy.
As part of their Joint Economic Committee, the UAE and the Netherlands have been in structured dialogue to identify common interests and create a partnership for decarbonization of the energy sector and increasing the use of clean hydrogen.
The MoU was signed by Mr. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, and the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Liesje Schreinemacher, at the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“This MoU is an extension of the historical partnership between the UAE and the Netherlands, and their close partnership in the energy sector represents a major pillar of their national economies. Such partnerships contribute to catalyzing the transition towards hydrogen energy, and support the two countries’ orientation in formulating projects and initiatives to support the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and contribute to opening opportunities for growth and development, diversifying the energy mix, relying on clean energy, building concrete partnerships and enhancing cooperation between the two friendly countries.”
For her part, Ms. Schreinemacher said that, “There is increasing pressure on current ecosystems to meet the burgeoning demand for energy resources without further eroding the ecosystem.”
“The production and use of green Hydrogen Energy as an alternative to fossil fuel has an important place for both of our countries in our aim to achieve net-zero emissions. I very much welcome being here today to sign this important agreement to achieve our common goals for the future of our planet,” the Dutch Minister added.
The UAE has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050. The production of hydrogen supports the UAE’s diversification plans and enables the production of more low-carbon export products to maintain its economic position.