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Inexperienced hydrogen can gas international drive in direction of internet zero

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the worldwide initiative championed by the UAE and its clear power powerhouse Masdar to speed up sustainable improvement, will maintain its first summit this 12 months to spotlight inexperienced hydrogen’s rising significance within the international drive in direction of internet zero.

The Inexperienced Hydrogen Summit on January 18 will probably be one of many key occasions on the ADSW 2023, which is able to convene heads of state, policymakers, trade leaders, buyers, youth, and entrepreneurs, for a sequence of impactful dialogues forward of the United Nations Local weather Change Convention (COP28), to be held within the UAE from November 30-December 12. COP28, the Emirates Local weather Convention, will see the conclusion of the primary international stocktake of the Paris Settlement — assessing the progress made by international locations on their nationwide local weather plans.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Trade and Superior Expertise, Particular Envoy for Local weather Change, and Chairman of Masdar, stated, “We stand at a vital second as nations put together to assemble within the UAE to spotlight progress on assembly local weather targets and to discover pathways to internet zero. Forward of COP28, ADSW2023 will present a platform for very important dialogue between key stakeholders and resolution makers, as we glance to forge alliances and develop revolutionary options to ship an inclusive power transition. The UAE and Masdar have lengthy believed that inexperienced hydrogen will play a key function in that power transition and as we proceed to discover low-carbon and zero-carbon power options, the time is true for inexperienced hydrogen to take a extra central function at ADSW .”

Hydrogen’s worth chain

The inaugural Inexperienced Hydrogen Summit, held in partnership with the Hydrogen Council, Atlantic Council, Worldwide Renewable Power Company and Dii Desert Power, will cowl matters together with, developments in hydrogen manufacturing, conversion, transport, storage, and use. It’s going to embody high-level discussions centered on the event of the UAE hydrogen economic system, the function of presidency and regulation, and panel periods on a broad vary of matters together with innovation, sustainable finance, inexperienced power in Africa, and hydrogen’s worth chain.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Govt Officer, Masdar, stated, “As inexperienced hydrogen continues to point out rising promise as a vital enabler of our net-zero future, we should unlock its full potential by accelerating analysis and improvement and funding on this very important sector . Masdar is happy to launch the ADSW Inexperienced Hydrogen Summit to assist the event of the UAE’s inexperienced hydrogen economic system and assist notice the worldwide power transition. This inaugural summit may also pave the best way in direction of COP28 within the UAE, the place we will anticipate inexperienced hydrogen to be a key element of a future low-carbon power market.”

ADSW host Masdar introduced in December the formation of its new inexperienced hydrogen enterprise to assist the UAE’s inexperienced hydrogen economic system. Masdar’s inexperienced hydrogen enterprise goals to supply as much as a million tons of inexperienced hydrogen each year by 2030. Masdar is already actively concerned in quite a few tasks associated to inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing, together with agreements with main Egyptian state-backed organizations to cooperate on the event of inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing vegetation, focusing on an electrolyser capability of 4 gigawatts by 2030, and output of as much as 480,000 tons of inexperienced hydrogen per 12 months.

The draw back to hydrogen

Present hydrogen manufacturing is answerable for greater than 900 Mt (million tons) of world CO2 emissions per 12 months — that is greater than the overall CO2 emissions from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar mixed. With this in thoughts, I am glad that inexperienced hydrogen is on the high of the sustainability agenda in MENA. We have to be working sooner to drastically scale back hydrogen air pollution, because it has the potential to trigger extra hurt than oil if left unchecked.

Latest scientific breakthroughs, just like the world’s first profitable nuclear fusion experiment and a renewed curiosity in inexperienced hydrogen know-how, are bringing us nearer to attaining internet zero. Governments and trade must sustain this momentum to impact tangible change by the tip of the last decade and guarantee a liveable planet for future generations.

ADSW, established in 2008, brings collectively heads of state, policymakers, trade leaders, buyers, entrepreneurs, and youth to debate, interact and debate local weather motion and innovation to make sure a sustainable world.

Giving ladies a larger voice

The primary worldwide sustainability gathering of the 12 months, ADSW 2023 will characteristic the ADSW Summit, hosted by Masdar on January 16. It’s going to give attention to a variety of vital matters together with meals and water safety, power entry, industrial decarbonisation, well being, and local weather adaptation.

As in earlier years, ADSW 2023 will characteristic partner-led occasions and alternatives for worldwide engagement on sustainability-related matters, together with the Worldwide Renewable Power Company’s IRENA Meeting, the Atlantic Council International Power Discussion board, the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Discussion board, and the World Future Power Summit.

ADSW 2023 may also mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Zayed Sustainability Prize — the UAE’s pioneering international award for recognizing excellence in sustainability. Masdar’s Youth for Sustainability platform will maintain the Y4S Hub through the week, which goals to draw 3,000 younger individuals, whereas the annual discussion board for Masdar’s Girls in Sustainability, Surroundings and Renewable Power (WiSER) platform may also be held, giving ladies a larger voice within the sustainability debate.

— Dr Abdullah Bilhaif Al Nuaimi is the previous UAE minister for local weather change

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