Abu Dhabi’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), has announced the launch of the first enzyme-based fuel additives processing facility in the Middle East and Africa in collaboration with XMILE Group. IDB is the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s (ADDED) arm that develops and regulates the industrial sector.
The collaboration with XMILE Group, a global producer of enzyme-based fuel additives, will be a major addition to the local initiatives that drive sustainable industrial development in Abu Dhabi. The collaboration focuses on raising awareness and stimulating the widespread adoption of sustainable, low-carbon fuels throughout the fuel supply chain.
UAE Net Zero 2050
IDB executive director Arafat Al Yafei; and Boudewijn Hugo Sanders, CEO of XMILE Group Ltd., signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
Meanwhile, H.E. Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi, minister of state for foreign trade; H.E. Gerard Paul Marie Hubert Steeghs, Netherlands’ ambassador to the UAE, and H.E. Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, undersecretary of ADDED, witnessed the signing ceremony. They stressed the importance of establishing a fuel additives processing facility in Abu Dhabi to support the strategic goals of the UAE Net Zero 2050 objectives.
The agreement is also an important step in advancing the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS). It aims to make the UAE the most competitive industrial hub in the region and drive the green falcon economy. Moreover, it sets the UAE as a global leader in addressing climate change and promoting sustainability in the region and the industrial sector.
Diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy
Al Yafei stated, “Our collaboration with XMILE Group is part of IDB’s commitment to promoting sustainability in the industry. This partnership aligns with the ADDED ‘Circular Economy Policy’ framework.” This framework aims to drive the transition towards an innovative and sustainable economy. That is through empowering industries to prioritize responsible production and consumption.
“We believe that the industrial sector has great potential for implementing innovative solutions and is crucial in diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy and leading the way towards a more sustainable future,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sanders stressed the importance of cooperation with ADDED to achieve the implementation of the local facility. Hence, this fuel additives processing facility in Abu Dhabi will lead the global shift towards sustainable fuels.
He stressed that this partnership is a testament to the shared vision and dedication to strengthening industries in Abu Dhabi. It is also a major step in combating climate change. As the host of the recently concluded COP28, the UAE’s initiatives and collaborative efforts will contribute to the global agenda of creating a greener future.
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