Friday 24 March 2023 - 4:04:12 pm

UAE, UK exploring establishing working group on climate action, post-COVID recovery, cooperation on sustainable industrial development

ABU DHABI, 17 December, 2020 (WAM) – UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, met with COP26 President and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma.

The two officials discussed the critical role of strong UK-UAE bilateral ties in accelerating progress on emissions reductions and sustainable industrial development, areas which both closely align with the UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Centennial 2071.

In his conversation with Sharma, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said, "The UAE has always prioritized responsible stewardship of natural resources and the protection of the environment following the vision and legacy of our founding father Sheikh Zayed. As Special Envoy for Climate Change, I look forward to furthering progress on this front both domestically and globally."

"On the issue of climate change, collective action is essential. I look forward to working closely with Secretary Sharma to identify new potential areas of UK-UAE climate cooperation and aligning our national ambitions as we approach the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow."

Dr. Sultan, in his capacity as Chairman of the UAE’s National COVID-19 Crisis Recovery, Management & Governance Committee, also shared learnings from the UAE’s successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the UAE’s keen interest in finding ways to collaborate with the UK on accelerating post-COVID economic recovery.

Dr. Sultan also raised the prospect of advancing collaboration on renewable energy, building on the significant investments the UAE has already made in UK wind projects while leveraging the UAE’s expertise in solar energy as well as carbon capture utilization and storage technology.

Sharma shared words of praise for the UAE’s investments in renewable energy both domestically and abroad, and expressed appreciation for Dr. Sultan’s proposal to form a joint working group aimed at advancing opportunities for UK and UAE joint coordination on climate action, the post-COVID economic recovery, and sustainable industrial development.

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