Dubai MENA Herald : A delegation led by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has gone to Paris, France to participate at the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The delegation is expected to forge an international Memorandum of Agreement that aims to develop an international framework of standards and guidelines directed towards managing the effects of climate change. The event is being held from 30 November to 11 December 2015, and 138 heads of states will take part.

The UAE delegation is composed of HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, Waleed Salman, Chairman of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon), Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources, DEWA, Khawla Al Mehairi, VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications, DEWA, Mohammed Abdulkarim Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, and Abdul Nasser Abbas, Senior Director of Treasury, and Ahmed Abdullah, Senior Manager of External Communications, from DEWA.

Al Tayer will deliver speeches at both COP21 and the World Climate Summit (WCS). He will also lead in the launching of the Green Economy Report 2016, a report produced by the Supreme Council of Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The report supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his vision of establishing a cooperative platform to facilitate the emergence of a knowledge economy that advances sustainable development.

“Our participation forms part of the UAE Government’s solid commitment to enhancing cooperation with the international community in addressing climate change and showcasing our active role in adopting the best sustainable practices though renewable energy projects and support for related research and development activities,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer further added that the Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA remain fully committed in playing a key role in the efforts towards sustainable development. “At the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, we work to achieve the goal of UAE Vision 2021 to position the UAE as one of the best countries by 2021, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to generate 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy and support the long-term national Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the UAE economy and make the country an international model for green-based initiatives and sustainability.”

The UAE presented its Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDCs) to address climate change along with 145 other countries, actively supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UAE is firmly committed to the adoption of economic diversity and a sustainable development strategy that focuses on implementing knowledge, innovation, and sustainable growth to guarantee economic prosperity. The country will continue to launch ambitious initiatives in support of the renewable energy sector and put effective mechanisms in place to limit carbon emissions.