Abu Dhabi Plans Solar, Water Plants in Drive for Net-Zero Target

Jan 21, 2022 11:58 AM ET
  • Solar as well as better desalination to help in reducing emissions
  • Oil-rich emirate objectives to make power more affordable for industry

Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates, intends to enhance solar power generation by two-thirds this decade as well as develop more efficient water desalination plants to help the nation satisfy its goal for net-zero carbon exhausts.

The projects are part of a federal government drive to reduced industrial discharges as well as aid get to that goal by mid-century, Awaidha Al Marar, chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Energy, claimed in an interview. The emirate will certainly construct 2 solar plants and also 2 waste-to-energy plants, including 2.15 gigawatts of power, according to the energy department.

Federal governments and also energy companies worldwide are shifting investment to renewables in an initiative to slow down the increase in worldwide temperatures. Oil-producing states like the UAE, the third-largest manufacturer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and also Saudi Arabia, the most significant, see renewables as a low-priced way to meet burgeoning regional need for power while reducing emissions and also making more fuel available for export.

The UAE ended up being the initial major Middle Eastern oil manufacturer to declare a net zero target for its domestic emissions. Nonetheless, that aim does not cover oil once it has actually been delivered from the country, which announced the goal also as it invests billions of dollars to boost production ability by a quarter to 5 million barrels a day by 2030. In current months, the nation has exported regarding 3 million barrels of a day.

The Persian Gulf state is working to cut some of the globe's highest per head discharges, brought on by the need to desalinate salt water for home usage and to count on cooling throughout torrid summer months.

Building water-treatment plants utilizing reverse osmosis technology will help the emirate close older as well as much less efficient facilities, Al Marar claimed. The Energy Department is likewise readied to present power tariff rules that will certainly supply industrial users less expensive rates if they consume electricity throughout periods when need is low, he stated.

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