Sultan Al Jaber: Immediate action needed for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development
UAE Special Envoy to Energy and Climate Change Affairs and CEO of Masdar Dr. Sultan Al Jaber has stressed the importance of taking immediate action for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development and meeting the needs of the future through the adoption of a diverse energy mix.In an interview given to the Brazilian newspaper 'Estado do Sao Paolo' on the fringes of the Rio+20 Summit, Al Jaber said that Even though the UAE has significantly large hydrocarbon reserves for the next 150 years to come , the best solution is to rely on a variety of sources, including traditional energy while promoting clean technologies.
The following is the full text of the interview:.
Q- You come to the Rio+20 summit with the objective of introducing Masdar city, the sustainable city in the UAE, what are you expectations of the Rio+20? How would you prioritize the projects in your presentations during your stay in Brazil? A- A global platform like Rio + 20 will allow us to showcase Masdar City, one of our flagship projects. A low carbon, low waste urban development that aims to become one of the world?s most sustainable cities, Masdar City serves as a test bed for the latest innovation in renewable energy research for Masdar and its partners.
However, showcasing Masdar City is only one of the many reasons for our participation in Rio + 20.
Masdar is part of the UAE delegation that comprises 20 federal and local UAE entities.
The UAE is looking forward to participating in negotiations at the 2012 UN Earth Summit in Rio, which will be a major opportunity for countries to shape solutions aimed at achieving sustainable development, to build on initiatives such as the United Nation?s Year of Sustainability for All which Masdar has committed to and to encourage the adoption of clean energy and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
We hope the Earth Summit in Rio will provide more opportunities to enhance cooperation across the public and private sector, which is key in securing sustainable development.---MORE---.