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French Clean Tech: Sustainability and Energy Experts Explore Practical Solutions Ahead of the COVID Climate Conference

Fathi Al-Sayeh

Within the framework of the “World Future Energy Summit” – Abu Dhabi, the National Agency for Supporting the International Development of the French Economy “Business France” headed a French delegation from the business sector that came to Abu Dhabi with the aim of building Developed relationships in the fields of innovation and technology in order to contribute to accelerating access to a sustainable and more energy-efficient future.

The first edition of the French Clean Technology Days “French Clean Tech” was held during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar”, which brought together sector leaders, innovators and thinkers from around the world to prepare the agenda for action climate and develop the necessary plans to accelerate the pace of transition towards a sustainable future. The three-day participation in the World Future Energy Summit, which is the leading global event to accelerate the adoption of sustainability and the transition towards clean energy, represented for the participating French delegation an opportunity to communicate and exchange experiences with representatives of local companies.

The French Minister of Energy Transition, Agnes Pannier-Ronachet, visited the “World Future Energy Summit” and met with the participating delegation to learn about their latest innovations and technologies that contribute to accelerating the energy transition process. His Excellency Nicolas Nemchineau, the newly appointed Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, also registered his presence within the French delegation to introduce French expertise that would contribute to changing the rules of the game in the Middle East in the field of climate challenges and ways to confront them.

The activities of the second day were followed by an Iftar banquet with each of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), Masdar City and Masdar Clean Energy, where experiences were exchanged and views on sustainable development projects were shared.

An exclusive round table was also held on the theme “The United Arab Emirates and France on their way to the COP Conference 28”, with the participation of the committee members consisting of representatives from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Masdar Energy. and Bee’ah Group, their insights on their climate commitments and ongoing sustainable projects. This roundtable centered around two issues: shedding light on the sustainability roadmap in the United Arab Emirates and presenting French sustainable solutions by the participating French delegation.

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During an introductory session on the UAE’s trends towards sustainability, Ahmed Samir Al-Barambali, Head of Sustainability Market at Bureau Veritas, emphasized that countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront within the Gulf Cooperation Council In terms of diversifying energy and adopting clean energy solutions in order to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

In fact, the UAE initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 a national engine that aims to reduce emissions and climate neutrality by 2050, in accordance with the goals of the “Paris Climate Agreement”, which makes the UAE the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to announce its goal to achieve neutrality climatic. The adoption and use of clean energy solutions is one of the main pillars of the UAE model in facing the challenges of climate change, as it has invested more than 35 billion US dollars in renewable energy projects in 70 Country.

Discussions centered around decarbonization, digitization, and waste and water management. It is noteworthy in this regard that Bee’ah Group, the leading institution in the sustainability sector with a partnership system between the public and private sectors, headquartered in Sharjah, and known for its pioneering initiatives in the field of pioneering sustainability in the United Arab Emirates, is heavily involved in the field of sustainable green economy, through The establishment of the first commercial waste-to-energy project in Sharjah, in partnership with the French companies “Masdar” and “Veolia”, which also joined the French delegation. It is noteworthy that the “Veolia” company was established in the Middle East 35 years ago, and it presented many projects in the fields of water, waste and energy management in the United Arab Emirates, and launched the free “Recap” service to collect Recyclables from homes in the UAE for more than 50, users.

The GCC region has emerged as a central region for investments in renewable energy, which could make it a global leader in this industry. In fact, the UAE is making progress on its target share of renewables, which is set to reach 35% by

. Also, developments in the field of nuclear energy in countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the adoption of waste-to-energy plants, the development of the hydrogen economy, the development of solar energy systems, and investments in improving technology for the effective management of existing infrastructures all open up a lot of opportunities. Opportunities for Mutual Collaboration.

As for water management, 90% of daily drinking water in the Middle East region comes from seawater desalination. The GCC countries are the largest producers of desalinated water in the world, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia being pioneers in this field. Thus, reducing the carbon impact of desalinated water production is a real concern that local governments are addressing, which opens the way for innovative French solutions to help find more sustainable production methods, such as the French company “Rencacher” to accelerate water conservation methods, which highlighted Highlighting the fact that managing water productivity represents an important growth opportunity for the water sector in the Middle East.

9 French companies present their innovative solutions to support the UAE’s path towards achieving zero waste and zero carbon emissions.

The first edition of the French Clean Technology Days “French Clean Tech” witnessed the presentation of many innovative solutions in various fields, from waste and water management, to energy efficiency, environmental engineering, digital solutions to improve energy consumption, and clean technologies such as solar energy and energy solutions. Green finance, for attendance, as well as use cases.

The French company Energy Pool, as a leader in smart energy management, has highlighted the importance of optimizing energy consumption for complex systems (industrial sites, distributed generation, renewable energy, a storage access, etc.) for a more sustainable use of energy. She is currently cooperating with “NEOM” on the “The Line” project in Saudi Arabia. With this, the increasing adoption of renewable energy in the GCC countries presents an opportunity for French companies specialized in modernizing networks and digital technologies. Carbon with €1.4 billion in assets under management and more than €1 billion invested in companies active in the clean energy generation, low carbon transport, energy efficiency sectors. It is also the majority shareholder of Egy and Amarinco and stresses the importance of closing the financing gap needed to accelerate global decarbonisation. The group also highlighted the importance of the Middle East and North Africa region in this collective effort. Egy, which specializes in consulting, infrastructure engineering, operations and maintenance, has been involved in supporting several sustainable projects in the UAE ranging from railways, roads, water, urban mobility and urban development. Amarinco, a photovoltaic producer, shared its expertise in developing renewable energies, while Codra presented its digital carbon offsetting solution. Atos provided its solutions to digitize carbon data collection and combine datasets to accelerate net zero. The John Cockerill Group, which specializes in environmental engineering, has collaborated with key local players such as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to Completion of the solar thermal power plant project.

The delegation concluded its program with a visit to the “Tech Park” complex of Masdar City to discover high-performance sustainable buildings and the urban ecosystem.

With this, the first edition of the French Clean Technology Days “French Clean Tech” confirmed that French expertise can contribute to the development of partnerships to enable the United Arab Emirates to become a center for water technologies, renewable energies and sustainable projects.