UAE to host Clean Energy Ministerial in 2011
Member states support UAE bid at first ministerial in Washington.
The United Arab Emirates will host the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) after receiving the backing of the 24 other participating countries at the first-ever ministerial, held in Washington, DC.
The UAE participated in the CEM on July 19-20, in which the participating countries discussed collective avenues of cooperation and knowledge sharing to promote policies and programs that address the development of clean energy technologies and the mitigation of climate change. The UAE’s special envoy to the ministerial was Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, the government-owned renewables and cleantech company.
UAE will be hosting the second Ministerial in Abu Dhabi after having hosted the CEM Preparatory Meeting last month, Masdar said in a statement.
The participating governments announced programmes that, if effective, will avoid the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants in the next 20 years, promote the rapid deployment of electric vehicles, support the growing global market for renewable energy and carbon capture technologies, bring solar lanterns or other improved lighting services to more than 10 million poor people by 2015, and help encourage young women to pursue careers in clean energy.
The Ministerial brought together the 17 members of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), which include: Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; the European Union; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Italy; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Russia; South Africa; the United Kingdom; and the United States. Alongside the MEF countries, eight other governments were selected to participate in the Clean Energy Ministerial process, including the UAE.