Abu Dhabi: Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, who is the President and CEO of the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA), inaugurated the second edition of the World Utilities Congress 2023 in Abu Dhabi.
The event, hosted by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators from around the world to discuss the critical role that power and water industries play in supporting the decarbonization of industries and achieving net-zero emissions. Thousands of delegates and industry specialists gathered to address challenges and explore solutions for delivering secure, sustainable, and affordable energy.
Mr. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, commented that “the utilities sector has a significant role to play in the transition to clean energy. Decarbonizing power production will allow other industries to decarbonize by electrifying their operations. As leaders in our respective fields, we have the responsibility to ensure our power supply is affordable, reliable, and sustainable and can continue to meet the needs of a growing global population.”
During the Strategic Conference of the event, the first Ministerial Panel Session titled ‘Strengthening Ambition on Route to COP28 and Beyond’ was held. The session provided valuable insights from energy ministers who discussed regional and national commitments and solutions aimed at reducing emissions from the utilities sector in preparation for COP28.
The session was attended by several energy ministers, including Mr. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Mr. Yaser Bin Ebrahim Humaidan, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Dr. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy of the Department of Energy, and Mr. Jurabek Mirzamahmudov, Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan.