Industry leaders, innovators and policymakers from around the globe will gather in Abu Dhabi in January to discuss sustainability and the transition to clean energy as the world focuses on building back a better and greener economy.
The World Future Energy Summit will be held at the capital’s National Exhibition Centre from January 18-19. The annual energy and sustainability focused global platform in its 14th year and will offer sustainability companies and innovators a chance to showcase their technologies to global audience.
They will also convene the region's top investors, government and business stakeholders, as well as project owners and entrepreneurs.
International sustainability solution providers including Engie, Mitsubishi Power, DNV, Fronius International, Huawei, Jinko Solar, Acciona, Junluo Water and Dulevo will be among the names exhibiting their latest technologies at the event.
More than 34,000 delegates and visitors from 125 countries attended the event in 2020, with international attendance growing by 11 per cent. At least 27 initial agreements were signed among the 227 participating companies, of which 72 were from the UAE.
The summit in 2022 will host 11 country pavilions – Japan, Germany, China, Nigeria, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Korea, France, India, and Switzerland – that will feature clean energy and sustainability technologies, connecting emerging markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia with technology players in Europe, North America and broader Asia.
The summit is also hosting dedicated industry forums on solar and clean energy, water, climate and environment, eco-waste and smart cites.
The event is taking place as the global economy continues to recover from the pandemic-driven slowdown that underlined the need for building back cleaner and greener economy with a focus on sustainability and mitigating climate risks.
Earlier this year, the International Renewable Energy Agency said more than 260 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity was added globally in 2020, despite the challenging global economic environment. More than 80 per cent of all new electricity capacity added was renewable, with solar and wind accounting for 91 per cent of the total.
The summit is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), hosted by clean energy company Masdar. The event is split between Abu Dhabi and Dubai with some elements to be held at the Expo 2020.
The ADSW opening ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony will take place on January 17, 2022, Masdar said in October. Bringing ADSW’s platforms to Expo 2020 will further highlight the UAE’s role in driving action on climate change locally, in the region and globally, it said.
"The next few years will be pivotal as we work together across policy, business and industry to accelerate progressive climate action that will deliver economic opportunities and prosperity for current and future generations," Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Special Envoy for Climate Change and chairman of Masdar, said
"The UAE has a long-term vision that will build on our longstanding track record in innovating climate solutions across the entire energy spectrum. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week continues to offer an ideal platform for promoting, deploying and taking these climate solutions to scale around the world. Aligned with the UAE’s 'Principles of the 50', it provide opportunities for global collaboration, knowledge sharing, investment and advancing new technological innovations that will take the global sustainability agenda forward and turn plans into action."
Earlier this year, the UAE unveiled an ambitious strategic initiative to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. The country plans to invest Dh600 billion ($163bn) in clean and renewable energy sources over the next three decades. It will also host Cop28 in 2023 as it leads the push for suitability and to protect the planet.
The 2022 programme will include the ADSW opening ceremony, Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony, ADSW Summit, Irena Assembly, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Forum, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, and the World Future Energy Summit – Exhibitions and Forums.