Emirates News Agency – Almheiri affirms UAE’s enduring support for energy transition

DUBAI, 15th January, 2023 (WAM) — Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri led the UAE delegation to the 13th session of IRENA, held in Abu Dhabi under the theme “Global energy transition, the global balance sheet”.

The minister who attended the opening session of the assembly, stressed the need to accelerate the pace towards renewable energies and to double their share to reach two thirds of the world’s energy by 2030, and 100% by 2050.

During this global gathering, Almheiri joined Francesco La Camera, Director General of IRENA, and HE Shri Raj Kumar Singh, India’s Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy. They attended the Assembly press conference which presented the annual state of the energy transition at the global level and also combined two main narratives: Building a bridge between COP27 and COP28 and contributing to a global assessment of the energy transition in the world.

Ms. Almheiri highlighted the country’s efforts in sustainable development, climate action and food security, and explored new synergies in this area with other countries ahead of the 28th United Nations Conference on climate change (COP28) that the United Arab Emirates will host at the end of 2023.
She said: “At COP28, we aim to urgently transform and accelerate climate action to deliver on the commitments the world has made. To catalyze this progress, we must ensure better, more effective and more to climate finance. Governments, international financial institutions and private finance will all play a key role.”

“As host country and member of IRENA, and President of COP28, the UAE supports the path of energy transition centered on renewable energies, stipulated in the World Energy Transitions Outlook. Outlook) of IRENA, and consider this to be an important contributor to the work of COP28. The UAE Presidency at COP28 will give increased priority to the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities, including working with IRENA, to advance loss and damage financing arrangements,” the minister said.

She added: “The UAE believes that innovation is key to tackling climate change, and they have designed groundbreaking solutions that can rapidly accelerate climate action around the world. UAE COP28 is focused on implementing concrete and pragmatic solutions to ensure that the 1.5°C threshold remains alive and within reach. This will require a global effort to reduce emissions by 43% globally by to 2030.”

On the sidelines of the 13th session of the IRENA Assembly, Ms. Almheiri held several bilateral meetings with high-level officials. She first highlighted the UAE’s record on reducing emissions, its global leadership in the clean and renewable energy sector, as well as the mobilization of efforts to transform climate action into opportunities for development and economic diversification with Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, and Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The Minister discussed the UAE’s strategic goal of uniting global efforts to combat climate change through the promotion of renewable energy, ways to strengthen bilateral relations and expand areas of cooperation, as well as UAE preparations to host COP28 with HE Dr Irene Valez, Colombian Minister of Energy, and HE Stefan Wenzel, Secretary of State – Germany.

She also spoke with Teresa Ribera, Vice President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, about the two countries’ common commitment to environmental protection, and explored the possibilities to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Rt Hon Grant Shapps, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as the UAE’s preparations to host COP28.

During his meetings with Philippe Henry, Vice President of the Walloon Government and Minister for Climate, Energy, Mobility and Infrastructure, Almheiri discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and expand areas of cooperation in the environment and renewable energy sectors.

The 13th session of the IRENA Assembly was held in person from January 14-15, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the theme “Global Energy Transition – The Global Stocktake”. The IRENA Assembly brought together Heads of State/Government, Ministers and Energy Policy Makers from its Members and Acceding States, as well as Multilateral Organizations, Global Stakeholders and private actors, in order to take stock of operational plans and policies and to highlight the concerted actions undertaken to implement the energy transition in countries, regions and the world.

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