Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Climate change and energy policy in the Arab region
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin participates in a Media dialogue around energy policy in the Arab region.
IRENA’s Interim Director-General was keynote speaker with H.E
Klaus-Peter Brandes, Ambassador of Germany to Abu Dhabi at a Media
dialogue around climate change and energy policy in the region.
Journalists from the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as
regional experts in energy policy met in the UAE capital to discuss the
emergency of energy transition.
“In the world, about 1.5 billion people still have no access to
electricity. Up to one billion more have access to unreliable
electricity networks “, Mr. Amin says. “At the global level, the energy
system – supply, transformation, delivery and use- is the dominant
contributor to climate change”, adds the Interim Director-General of
The world economy is expected to double in size over the next twenty
years. The world’s consumption of energy will also increase and have
serious negative consequences, if energy supply, conversion and use
continue to be inefficient.
“The international community must come together in a common effort to
transform the global energy system over the coming decades”, insists
Mr. Amin. “Renewable energy will be the catalyst and driver for such
transformation and IRENA will position itself to provide the platform
for international cooperation that is essential to this change”.
The transition is under way. In the world, one hundred countries already
have targets for 2020 and beyond and 85 have policy instruments to
develop renewable energy use. In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi aims to
generate 7% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, Kuwait and
Bahrain aim at 5%. This signals a growing commitment and positive
perspective for the region.
IRENA’s regional experts were also keynote speakers at the first
meeting of the European Union - Gulf Cooperation Council Clean Energy
/). This workshop was in Dubai
from November 29th to December 1st.