UAE Minister attends the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance, ISA, held in New Delhi … reports Asian Lite News.
Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has led a UAE delegation on an official visit to India to attend the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance, ISA, in New Delhi.
Co-hosted by India and France, the ISA First Assembly emphasised the importance of deploying solar energy solutions globally to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
In his Speaking at the event, Dr. Al Zeyoudi highlighted India’s important role in forging new alliances to accelerate international deployment of solar energy. He also praised the efforts made by France in recent years to mobilise global endeavors to address the issue of climate change, and its integral role in signing the historic Paris Agreement.
“The UAE has a decade-long history in the field of renewable energy that dates back to the establishment of Masdar, our flagship renewable energy company, in 2006. Subsequently, in 2009, the country became the host of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, the first international organisation dedicated to promoting renewable energy that plays a significant role in facilitating renewable energy deployment around the world,” he added.
The minister noted that technological advancements and public-private partnerships have greatly contributed to driving costs down, making renewables among the most viable and cost-effective energy options available. Solar energy is particularly attractive to the UAE, given the abundant land and solar resources in the country.
On the sidelines of the ISA First Assembly, Dr. Al Zeyoudi attended multiple bilateral meetings. He explored further opportunities for collaboration in the power sector with Raj Kumar Singh, India’s Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy. He also met with Upendra Tripathy and congratulated him for his appointment as the first Director-General of ISA, wishing him success in promoting solar energy across the globe.