HE The Minister attends Sustainability WeekHE The Minister attends Sustainability Week
Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza took part in the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, held under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Dr. Mirza also conveyed to him the greetings of the leadership of Bahrain.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of world leaders and a large number of energy ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab states, along with policymakers, representatives of centres of energy and those from Bahrainâ€™s Sustainable Energy Unit.
The week included the World Future Energy Summit, the World Summit on Water and the Forum on Cities of the Future. The Sheikh Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded to institutions that did exemplary work in the deployment of renewable energy and sustainable development during the year.
Dr. Mirza explained the importance of the annual forum and the Zayed Future Energy Prize and said it has a positive impact to communities everywhere.
He said the event brings together decision-makers, who exchange ideas and experiences and contributes to them spreading the message of awareness and sustainability.
The minister said the event discussed the biggest challenges to sustainability of energy and reviewed the latest developments in renewable energy. He said strategies to embrace renewable energy sources instead of fossil energy, in light of technological advances and rapid development in solar energy, were discussed to support and complement the efforts of the Climate Summit in Morocco and international commitments contained in the Paris Agreement to protect the environment.
He said discussions included funding methods available for renewable energy options, which in turn lead to a decline in unit value of electricity that is produced from these renewable sources.
The minister said these discussions would benefit Bahrain, especially in the work of the Sustainable Energy Unit, and in bringing about new legislation intended to expand renewable energy options.