Regional experts gather to address energy “Trilemma” in MENA

ABU DHABI, 23rd February, 2015 (WAM) — The Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday hosted a World Energy Council, WEC, workshop in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and the secretariat of the UAE WEC Member Committee, to discuss the impact of the forthcoming new global agreement on climate change on the region’s energy sector.

International delegates from across the Middle East region and UAE stakeholders from the UAE exchanged views on the enabling policy and regulatory environment to reduce carbon emissions, and the challenges and opportunities associated with balancing the energy ‘trilemma’, energy security, equity and sustainability, in the context of international efforts in addressing climate change and the expected impact on social and economic development.

“To enable a meaningful dialogue with the global energy community and contributing to the global efforts to address climate change, it is always critical to note country-specific factors whether for the UAE or other countries in the region,” said Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Permanent Representative to IRENA and Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi added, “I am therefore pleased to see the objectives of economic growth, social development as well as environmental challenges – which are critical to our region’s governments – recognized in WEC’s Trilemma discussion.” 2015 will be a critical year for energy and climate change, both globally and domestically. At the international level, countries will aim to close negotiations for both the 2030 global development agenda, including goals on energy, as well as on a new global climate change agreement.

Domestically, the UAE will be implementing the Green Growth Strategy towards the federal Vision 2021, which provides a critical framework to guide the UAE’s sustainable economic development across all sectors.

“The World Energy Council is pleased to have partnered with the government of the United Arab Emirates on the organisation of this important workshop”, said Sandra Winkler, Director of Policies at the World Energy Council.

The insights gained from the workshop will be used in the development of the 2015 World Energy Trilemma report, which will summarise countries’ key challenges and opportunities in meeting post- 2015 sustainability goals in relation to energy and climate goals. The report will also share key messages of the energy sector to negotiators and policy makers.

Abu Dhabi will host the 2019 World Energy Congress, one of the world’s largest and most influential energy events. The World Energy Congress is held every three years by the World Energy Council, a leading consortium of companies and governments in the energy industry. The 2019 Congress will be the first ever held in the Middle East or an OPEC country.