‘Renewables and natural gas have begun resetting the carbon clock’

“Today, sustainability sits at the top of the global agenda. In this new era, renewables and hydrocarbons enjoy a symbiotic relationship that is changing the face of the energy world.”

With these words, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister and chairman of clean energy company Masdar, opened Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this morning.

To highlight this, he stressed to a packed auditorium the role that natural gas is playing in operating alongside renewables. “Renewables and natural gas have already begun resetting the carbon clock.”

Later at the launch of ADSW’s Global Action Day, Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi, the UAE’s climate and environment minister, told the audience that the progress of renewable energy is “way past the tipping point – soon renewables will be the new conventional energy”.

“Globally, renewables are adding more new capacity than all other forms of generation. There has never been a more exciting time for climate action.”

More news from Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week:

GE wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

IRENA boss urges faster pace on decarbonisation

Pacific and African nations get $44m in renewables funding

Saudi poised to launch first renewables tenders

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