Abu Dhabi: The UAE Pro League has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) to bolster sustainability practices in Football.
The partnership aims to enhance sustainability efforts and reduce carbon emissions from electricity consumption by promoting the use of Clean Energy Certificates (CECs) throughout the UAE Pro League competitions.
The MoU was signed at EWEC’s headquarters by Mr. Abdullah Naser Al Jneibi, Chairman of the UAE Pro League, and Mr. Hamad Al Hammadi, Chairman of EWEC.
Mr. Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Executive Director, Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, ADNOC, and representatives from the three organisations also attended.
“This is a key part of our broader commitment to support UAE initiatives that help to create a better future for us all. With 2023 being championed as the UAE Year of Sustainability, it is only natural that we take substantial action to ensure that we operate responsibly to the environment and future generations,” Mr. Al Jneibi added.
The League is developing an environmental sustainability strategy and setting out plans to deliver climate action and manage resources sustainably in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.
It continues to explore initiatives to minimise its competition’s impact on the environment and is evaluating committing to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign, which aims to achieve a healthy, resilient zero-carbon recovery that unlocks inclusive and sustainable growth.
CECs, issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), empower businesses in Abu Dhabi to verify their clean energy consumption claims and reduce their carbon footprint.
Issued by the DoE in 1 MWh units, CECs are tradable digital certificates that comply with the International REC Standard (I-REC) and prove ownership of the environmental and economic benefits derived from clean energy consumption. EWEC is one of the key parties enabling the implementation of Abu Dhabi’s CEC scheme, acting as the Single Registrant and Auction Operator.