Abu Dhabi / Emirates Business
The UAE Organising Committee of the 24th World Energy Congress and World Nuclear Association announced on Wednesday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), focussed on endorsing progression in energy transition and supporting nuclear technology during the 24th World Energy Congress to take place in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
World Nuclear Association is the international organisation representing the global nuclear industry. With 178 members from 38 countries on board, it is the only industry body with a global mandate to promote nuclear energy. Given its comprehensive coverage of nuclear energy resources, the collaboration between the 24th World Energy Committee Organising Committee and World Nuclear Association will contribute to the broader debate on the strategic role of nuclear energy to achieve sustainable transitions both at the event and beyond.
“Nuclear energy plays a strategic role as a technology that can enable countries to streamline energy transitions while reducing emissions and air pollution in the power generation industry. The 2017 Trilemma Index of the World Energy Council highlights that, out of the 15 top performing countries, the majority of them use nuclear energy as a way to power their growth. This is an important factor and we are looking forward to bringing key partners from all the energy sectors, including nuclear, to exchange, learn and create the foundations for further collaborations,” said Dr Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the UAE Organising Committee for the 24th World Energy Congress.
Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association, noted that: “The World Energy Congress is the world’s largest and most influential energy event. This memorandum helps us build international recognition for nuclear energy and its importance to achieving global climate targets, while also supporting sustainable development. We need to work together because we need all low carbon options to make a future clean energy system work.”
Rising continued, “In the five years from 2015 to 2019 we should see 55 new reactors start in twelve countries, two of those countries hosting their first nuclear power plant. This new nuclear generation will avoid the emission of more than 400 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, compared to coal.”
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the 24th edition of the Congress will take place from September 9-12, 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec). World Nuclear Association will join other international partners such as the German Energy Agency (dena) in making Abu Dhabi the epicentre of the global energy debate. World Nuclear Association will also join local Host Sponsors Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi’s leading strategic investment company and Emirates Nuclear Energy (Enec).
The World Energy Congress sets itself apart from other energy and energy-related conferences by covering the entire energy spectrum, from oil and gas to renewables and nuclear as well as power, providing a forum for the industry’s largest and most diverse conversation.