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Masdar – Protecting environment, limiting effects of climate change prioritised by UAE

ABU DHABI, 5th December, 2021 (WAM) — Protecting the environment and limiting the effects of climate change are prioritised by the UAE and its leadership.

Since the formation of the UAE, it has been keen to adopt leading initiatives and projects benefitting future generations and contributing to sustainable development.

The establishment of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) in 2006 resulted from the country's significant efforts to protect natural resources and reduce carbon emissions.

Masdar is a vital supporter of the country's work to promote clean energy solutions, strengthen sustainable development and address climate change.

It is also a leading developer and investor in renewable energy, clean energy technologies and sustainable urban development.

The Mubadala Investment Company is currently active in nearly 40 countries, encouraging innovation in clean energy technologies to reduce emissions and reinforcing the leadership of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, in general, in this field.

Since its establishment, Masdar has assisted the efforts to address climate change and global warming. The company currently invests in sustainable projects valued at over US$20 billion, with a production capacity exceeding 13 gigawatts. It has also helped offset over 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahy, CEO of Masdar, expressed his pride in the UAE's overall achievements, most notably in the renewable energy sector, which has achieved recent progress and reinforced the country's leadership in this area.

"Masdar has enhanced its stature as a leading international company in promoting clean energy solutions around the world, helping to promote the diversification of the economy and energy sources," he said.

Masdar's clean energy sector and sustainable urban development journey are full of achievements and significant local and international projects. In 2013, the company established the Shams Solar Plant, one of the Middle East's most important renewable energy projects.

The company completed Phase III of the 800-megawatt Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Energy Park in Dubai, developed through an alliance led by Masdar, in cooperation with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and ADF Renoplus.

Masdar developed Al Tufaila Wind Power Plant in Jordan, the first commercial wind power project in the Middle East.

In Oman, Masdar constructed the Dhaffar Wind Power Plant, the first large-scale wind power project in the Arabian Gulf, producing 50 megawatts of clean energy for nearly 16,000 houses, helping prevent about 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Internationally, in 2011, the Gemasolar CSP Plant was inaugurated in Spain, the world's first solar utility energy project.

The company also launched three projects in the United Kingdom, including the London Array, one of the world's largest offshore wind power plants that prevent the emission of 925,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, and the first Hywind Scotland plant.

Masdar has made several international key investments, including Future Hero Energies, India's leading clean energy company.

Masdar also leads green hydrogen development initiatives and sustainable fuel programmes for transport, shipping, and aviation. The company launched initiatives to support the development of a green hydrogen economy in Abu Dhabi, including a pilot plant project in Masdar City that will explore opportunities for developing green hydrogen, sustainable fuels, and producing kerosene from electricity for transportation and aviation purposes, in cooperation with local and international partners.

Masdar City is the only specialised and accredited research and development complex in Abu Dhabi. It currently houses more than 1,000 companies, ranging from international companies and institutions to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and local start-ups.

The city also houses the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the first intergovernmental organisation based in the Middle East, and the UAE Space Agency, Siemens and Honeywell.

The city also hosts the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the first graduate university specialising in artificial intelligence research globally. It offers specialist postgraduate programmes for students from the UAE and the rest of the world. The G42 Healthcare has one of the largest laboratories that conduct tests to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

To promote awareness and exchange knowledge on significant sustainability and clean energy challenges, Masdar has been keen to hold knowledge platforms, events and strategic initiatives since its establishment to raise awareness of sustainability issues. It also hosts the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week annually.

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Intermobility Expo 2023 Kicks Off with Grand Opening by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer

Informa Connect, the global leader for events in the Middle East region has successfully
concluded the day one of the most awaited events of its calendar, the Intermobility Expo
2023 started on 21 st November at World Trade Center, Dubai.
The 22 nd edition of the Intermobility Expo 2023, which was known as the Gulf Traffic, the
largest Intelligent Transport and Future Mobility Summit of the Middle East, Turkey, and
Africa was officially launched by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of
the Board of Executive Directors at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), at an exciting
opening ceremony in the presence of industrial experts and government delegates.
On day one of the largest transport expo, key players in the Middle Easts transport industry
came together to discuss how new technological advancements that can be leveraged to
address road hazards and enhance safety, which is a critical factor in managing dynamic cities
in the GCC and beyond. Enriching discussions on topics like Driving Change: Governments
Role in Mobility, underscoring the vital influence of the government in molding the
trajectory of mobility, saw enhanced participation from the attendees.
H.E. Sheikh Nasser Majid Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Infrastructure
and Transport Regulation Sector at the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, also
graced the occasion with his esteemed presence and commended the UAEs unwavering
dedication to reimagining transportation. He highlights, “;The country envisions a smart and
interconnected transport system, integrating advanced technologies, autonomous vehicles,
smart infrastructure, and a strong emphasis on green mobility, as showcased by the Global
Market for Electric Vehicles initiative. Recognizing the strategic importance of an integrated
transport system for economic growth, social harmony, and environmental sustainability, the
UAE stands as a global leader in adopting ambitious initiatives.”

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Dulsco Group and clients root for climate change action in mangrove tree plantation drive

Dulsco Group has reinforced its commitment to spearheading
and supporting environmental initiatives by bringing together 100 team members from its
portfolio of businesses comprising Dulsco Environment, Dulsco People, Parisima and
Advance Global Recruitment, and corporate clients like BRF, ENOC Link and Fischer to
plant 300 mangrove trees to help in the fight against climate change.
Part of Dulsco Group’s sustainability agenda in the run up to COP28, the event was held to
support the UAE National Carbon Sequestration Project, which Dulsco proudly signed up for
in 2023. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment project aims to plant 100 million
new mangrove trees across the country by 2030.

Each participant in the Dulsco drive planted three trees at Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary, run
by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG). And, thanks to new technology and
virtual reality, the trees’ progress and contribution to carbon savings can be monitored
through the EcoMatcher app, which promotes transparency and traceability in tree planting.

Mangrove trees play a key role in conservation, by stabilising and protecting coastlines,
preventing erosion, supporting wildlife within the ecosystem and serving as a habitat for
thousands of species. They also reduce harmful greenhouse gases by isolating up to 13.6
kg of carbon each year. This means that the 300 trees planted on 16 November – and the
120 planted by Dulsco last year – will collectively capture 5,712 kg of carbon dioxide

The UAE is currently home to 60 million mangrove trees that span 183 sq km and capture
43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. An additional 100 million trees will mean
115,000 tons of CO2 will be sequestered every year.

John Grainger, Chief Operating Officer at Dulsco Environment, said: “As a leading
force in environmental solutions, Dulsco is proud to support initiatives that preserve and
enhance our planet. Following our first mangrove tree planting initiative with our
employees last year, we made this year’s event bigger and better by bringing together our
valued team members and clients across our businesses as one, reinforcing our joint
commitment to creating a better future for our people and the world we live in.

“The EMEG does a wonderful job in protecting marine life at Jebel Ali, and we are delighted
to play our part in enhancing the sanctuary’s natural eco-system and biodiversity.”

Dulsco’s tree planting initiative also included a beach clean-up drive that resulted in
collecting 1,246 kilos of waste, in line with the company’s continued commitment to
protecting the environment and encouraging more green thinking among team members, key
stakeholders and the public.

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UAE President issues federal decree appointing Under- Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, For Emiratisation

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahya ,

the President of UAE, issued a Federal
Decree appointing H.E. Aisha Mohamed Ahmed Belharfia, as Under-
Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, For
Emiratisation. Belharfia served previously as Acting Under-Secretary for Emiratisation
Affairs and Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs at MOHRE.
She also taken responsibilities related to Labour offices and licenses,
and contributed to the development of laws and legislation regulating
the Labour sector. Belharfia launched various projects and initiatives
aimed at raising the efficiency of the Labour market.

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