01 JUL 2022

IRENA’s La Camera discusses global energy transition and COP28

​Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), features in the latest edition of ADSW Talks, where he discussed the renewable energy technologies needed to achieve climate objectives and highlighted the UAE's leadership in the global energy transition.

“Technology innovations is a very important aspect of our work, we made very clear in our most recent World Energy Transition Outlook 2022, that two main drivers in the energy transition are the electrification of the energy system and energy efficiency, so reducing the demand," La Camera told ADSW Talks, a series of digital talks hosted and managed by Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), where influential figures from across the sustainability sector share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges.

“The technologies that are enabling this transition are renewables, so the new system will be dominated by renewables and complimented by hydrogen, mainly green hydrogen, and sustainable biomass," he added. “Innovation is how to make these technologies work more effectively but we have now the technology we need to achieve the Paris Agreement goals."

The UAE “is making history" through its leadership in the global energy transition, La Camera stated in the ADSW Talks episode, highlighting the UAE's hosting of the COP28 United Nations climate change conference next year.

“The UAE is supporting climate action through action. In this country, we have 70 percent of the renewables in the Gulf region. It is a matter of fact that the UAE is leading the process, where the intention is not just to unplug the old system but to build the new one. The biggest renewable plants are here, [as well as] experiments and pilot studies in green hydrogen. They have already started to export ammonia to the east part of the world, so they are leading by example," La Camera said.

Regarding the next two upcoming COPs, he said: “The COP27 in Egypt will be a very important one and I think the countries are already working together. The Egyptian one will be the African COP. And the COP28 will be the one with the West talking to the East, and the North talking to the South. I am proud that we are starting to collaborate strongly with the UAE, and I think it will be a very important next two years to show the UAE's [sustainable leadership]."


17 MAR 2023

Masdar Chairman’s Energy Experience an “Advantage” for COP28, says Dutch climate envoy

HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber’s experience across the energy sector and in government will put him at an “advantage” in leading climate negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) taking place in the UAE later this year, the Climate Envoy for the Netherlands told ADSW Talks.

As well as being the COP28 President-Delegate, Dr Al Jaber is the UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Chairman of Masdar, the UAE’s flagship renewable energy company.

“What we need is to get the companies to invest way more of their portfolio into making a shift away from fossil fuels and into more diverse energy sources,” HRH Jamie de Bourbon de Parme said on the latest edition of ADSW Talks. “I think he (Dr Al Jaber) has a great role to play because he actually understands the whole market. He could bring the oil and gas companies on board to greater commitments, and I think that’s a great opportunity at this COP which we haven’t had before.”

As the Netherlands’ Climate Envoy, Prince Jaime’s role entails fostering international cooperation on climate action. He said the UAE is playing “a great role” by hosting COP28.

The ADSW Talks series hosts influential figures from across the sustainability sector to share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world and the collective willpower and solutions needed to build a more sustainable future for all.

The Netherlands and the UAE could join forces to develop the green hydrogen supply chain Dutch Climate Envoy, HRH told ADSW Talks. Collaborating on port development and hydrogen shipping could help to wean the Netherlands off hydrocarbons, he added. “There is great potential for green hydrogen production in the UAE and we have the need to import green hydrogen, to overcome our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Prince Jaime. “The whole supply chain of green hydrogen will have to be developed; port development, green energy development, hydrogen shipping, and all the way to the customers. The supply chain is what we can work with the UAE on.”

Prince Jaime added that the two countries could also work together in developing “sustainable aviation fuels and many other derivatives of hydrogen”.

As the Netherlands is a low-lying nation it has been “battling” water for centuries, said Prince Jaime. The country plans to expand its offshore wind capacity by 20 gigawatts to 70 gigawatts by 2050, he said. The father-of-two added that he hoped that humanity would start seeing nature as a “partner” rather than a commodity. “We need to let nature regenerate and give it space so that my children will have space to enjoy nature also,” he said.


13 FEB 2023

UAE’s focus on sustainability led to COP28 hosting, Dr Al Jaber tells ADSW Talks

The UAE leadership’s early focus on sustainable development set it on a progressive path for climate action that contributed to its selection as host for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in 2023, Masdar’s Chairman told ADSW Talks.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, wanted to build on his father’s legacy of sustainable development,” Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE Special Envoy for Climate, and Chairman of Masdar, said on the latest edition of the web series. “And long before anyone in this region saw a future in renewables, His Highness saw renewables and sustainable development as the future.”

Dr Al Jaber, who has played a key role at over ten COPs, including the Paris COP21 in 2015, said the UAE recognized that sustainability was about progress and innovation. “For us, sustainable development is about never settling for the now, it is always about the next, about building on previous breakthroughs building new partnerships, staying one step ahead, never hitting the pause button because next never stops,” he said.

The UAE is ready now to take its focus on ambitious and progressive sustainable development into its role as host of COP28, to ensure its success and impact.

“This is the mindset that makes us optimistic about hosting COP28, where we will convene all stakeholders to drive transformational progress across mitigation, adaptation, climate finance, loss and damage. The UAE has been built on the principle of partnership and we will apply this to COP28 to make sure it is a COP for action and a COP for all,” Dr Al Jaber said.

The ADSW Talks series hosts influential figures from across the sustainability sector to share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world and the collective willpower and solutions needed to build a more sustainable future for all.


30 JAN 2023

COP28 will be stage for ‘big deals,’ actor and conservationist says on ADSW Talks

Hollywood actor and environmental activist Adrian Grenier believes the COP28 climate change conference, to be held in the UAE later this year, will go down in history for securing ‘big deals.’

“I’m excited about the Emirates Climate Conference, COP28. I find it’s going to be a very promising COP. “I think it will go down in history,” Grenier - who starred in ‘Entourage’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ - said on the latest edition of ADSW Talks. The former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador shared his views while attending Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in the UAE capital this January.

Grenier, who is also Chief Earth Advocate for space tourism firm World View, added that he believed the right leadership and vision were in place to achieve results at COP28.

“The stage is set for countries around the world to come together and really make some big deals,” he said. “Based on my experience here, so far, it feels like there is the right vision and the right leadership to set the stage.”

The actor also said that he was beginning to hear different people using “similar rhetoric” at ADSW 2023, which indicates a growing willingness to work toward the same goal.

“So, I’m very much encouraged,” he said. “People are starting to talk in the same direction. So, it’s now just a matter of how to start implementing the programs and putting the money in the right place, so that we can make the changes that we as a collective, united planet want to see.”