Clinton commends Masdar on renewables initiatives
US Secretary of State commends Masdar during visit to MIST
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the efforts being made by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) during a visit to the Abu Dhabi development on Monday.
Clinton, in the UAE capital as part of an official visit to the region to help reinforce its security links with regional nations, commended Masdar’s ambition and commitment to pursuing and commercialising renewable energy and clean technology.
“UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century because of your commitment to clean, renewable energy. We are fully committed to supporting your work and we will do everything we can through our academic institutions, like MIT, through our government, like the Department of Energy and the State Department, and through our private sector, to bring more jobs and to bring more innovative entrepreneurial spirit here to the UAE,” the state secretary of state told the audience.
“I want my country to know how advanced you are in pursuing clean renewable energy,” she said, adding, “I want the world to know that the US is partnering with you because we are betting on Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We are betting that this incredible investment represented by Masdar is going to pay off, and when it pays off it will not only mean a better life for the people of this country and this region, it will have ripple effects throughout the world.”
“Now these challenges are pressing across the world, but they are especially significant here in the Gulf. We know that oil supplies are shrinking, water tables decline. The old strategies for growth and prosperity and growth will no longer work. For too many people in too many places, the status quo today is unsustainable and the UAE is leading our work and the path we must take into the future,” she said.
“We are privileged and honored to welcome Secretary Clinton to Abu Dhabi and Masdar. Cooperation between our nations is built on mutual trust, respect and friendship. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship by working together to address the challenges of delivering viable, scalable clean energy to the world,” added Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, the Abu Dhabi state-owned company focused on the development and deployment of sustainable energy.
Masdar is behind Masdar City, the carbon neutral development that is being built near Abu Dhabi City, and which will surround MIST once completed in 2025.