Renewable Energy Leadership
Partnerships between the UAE and US are driving advances in sustainability and clean energy technology. In 2014, the UAE and the US launched the first annual bilateral energy dialogue to facilitate new and ongoing initiatives to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. And more recently, the UAE announced that clean energy will make up 50 percent of its energy mix by 2050.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working with GE to build the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, which will power up to 1.3 million homes upon completion in 2030. The solar park will use GE’s liquid-cooled solar inverters to convert solar panel output to grid-ready electrical currents.
Meanwhile, the Noor Abu Dhabi solar park, which began operations in June 2019, is the world’s largest single solar project. Noor Abu Dhabi will offset the UAE’s carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 200,000 cars per year. UN Secretary General António Guterres visited the site after it launched, calling it “the kind of clean and efficient solution needed to address the global climate emergency.”
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has played a key role in the establishment and development of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which in February 2017 merged with the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and the Petroleum Institute. The merger created Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a world-class, research-intensive institution that develops world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering.
The UAE is also seeking solutions at the global level. In 2010, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – an intergovernmental organization that promotes sustainability – established its headquarters in the UAE.
In January 2017, the UAE announced a $50 million fund for renewable energy projects in 16 Caribbean islands. The Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund aims to reduce energy costs in the region and improve energy security. The UAE supports dozens of renewable energy projects around the world – from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and North America.