Masdar is participating in the COP26 climate change conference, starting next week in the UK, as part of the UAE’s delegation. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, is heading Masdar’s team at the event, which aims to kick off a ‘decade of action’ on climate change.
COP 26, which was postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, and the talks are seen as crucial to the world’s chances of limiting the rise in global temperature to 1.5 C. In the build-up to the event a number of countries around the world have made announcements related to emissions reduction, including the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, and Saudi Arabia’s pledge to reach net zero by 2060.
Masdar today is at the forefront of the UAE’s efforts to make a positive impact on climate action in terms of project development, investment in new technologies and building awareness in the 30-plus countries it operates in, activities that will be highlighted at COP26. Combined, the projects that Masdar has invested in have a capacity of around 13 gigawatts (GW), and displace more than 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – a vital contribution to climate action.
Masdar representatives will be speaking on panels throughout COP26, including a panel on facilitating energy access as a catalyst for sustainable development, a sustainable cities debate, and discussions on youth empowerment and gender parity. Visitors to the UAE Pavilion at COP26 will also be able to experience a virtual ‘tour’ of Masdar City without a carbon footprint , where they will learn more about its award-winning designs, architecture, pioneering buildings and mobility options.