Al Jaber, Mazrouei, review global energy transition
UAE government ministers have underlined the vital need for stronger investment in oil and gas resources to protect the global economy from the impact of geopolitical issues and effectively manage the energy transition of the future. They warned that divesting from energy sources that drive the global economy will lead to a systemic supply crunch that erodes economic growth.
Speaking at the opening of the Global Energy Forum, taking place today under the theme ‘The Geopolitics of Energy Transition’ as part of the World Government Summit (WGS2022) at Expo 2020 Dubai today, both Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and Managing Director and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), made a powerful case for the need for greater investment in oil and gas to protect against global energy disruption.
The Global Energy Forum is being organized by the Atlantic Council in collaboration with WGS2022 and moderated by Frederick Kempe, President, and CEO of the Atlantic Council.
Al Jaber: Need of adopting policies capable of meeting the world’s actual energy needs
Dr. Al Jaber said that the world is witnessing how sensitive energy markets are to geopolitical shocks, noting that the current volatility in oil prices is the result of a deeper underlying structural issue. Long-term underinvestment in oil and gas has left markets more exposed to risks of any kind and wherever they take place, he added.
Dr. Al Jaber explained that divesting from the energy sources that drive the global economy will lead to a systemic supply crunch that erodes economic growth.
The UAE is taking an approach that is pro-growth, pro-sustainability, pro-prosperity, and pro-climate, he further added, noting that the UAE is increasing investments in low-carbon and no-carbon energy sources.
We are expanding the production capacity of the world’s least carbon-intensive oil to over 5 million barrels per day while also growing our renewables portfolio fivefold and growing natural gas capacity by 30 percent, Dr. Al Jaber said, in conclusion.
For his part, Al Mazrouei explained that increasing investment in oil and gas capacity was being undertaken in tandem with a full commitment to renewable energy and innovation.
He said, “We are currently promoting renewable energy in 70 countries, and are proud of the work that Masdar is doing in many parts of the world in this regard. Meanwhile, hydrogen has great potential, and we are one of the few countries with a clear roadmap for its utilization. We are starting with blue hydrogen, as it is both available and affordable, but we are also collaborating in investing in the technology required to commercialize green hydrogen, which is the future.
“In the UAE, we are also committed to sustainable mobility options and creating choice for people in the future, be that hydrogen, electric power, or traditional combustion energy sources that are cost-effective and affordable.”
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, UAE Investments, Mubadala Investment Company, stated that the Gulf region will play an increasingly important role in protecting global energy supply chains in the coming decades as the world transitions to alternative forms of energy.
He made this statement during his participation in the Global Energy Forum, organized by Atlantic Council in partnership with the World Government Summit Organization. This year’s forum, taking place at World Government Summit (WGS2022) in Dubai, focuses on meeting short-term energy challenges and examining geopolitical, energy market, and climate changes to shape the energy system.
Al Kaabi affirmed that governments must develop initiatives to mitigate supply chain challenges to meet net-zero carbon targets during a keynote titled “investing in net-zero: The UAE Approach”.
The forum witnessed the announcement of the winners of the “Green Future Builders” award, which aims to honor innovative methods and pioneering technologies that contribute effectively to achieving climate goals and reducing carbon emissions, and bringing them to zero around the world.
The list of winners of the “Builders of the Green Future” award, which is organized in partnership with the Department of International Trade in the United Kingdom, included a group of emerging and innovative companies that included Joe Parker, founder of Solives Corporation, E McKenzie, Director of Trojan Energy, and Julie Sheen, Co-Founder at Czech Panda, Ernst Van, CEO of Roslyn Technologies, and Ben Turner, CEO of Oregon.