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    Energy efficiency is taking its place as a major energy resource in the context of national and international efforts to achieve sustainability targets. Although the initial capital outlay tends to be higher, this is paid back in the form of reduced energy costs within a short time period making efficiency improvements an attractive starting point for reducing carbon emissions. Improving efficiency also means encouraging innovation and technology, creating jobs, reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources, and saving money.

    Last month, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment partnered with Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco and GE to organize the inaugural Emirates Energy Efficiency Summit in Dubai which sought to encourage global discussion and knowledge sharing on the issues of energy saving and climate change projects and initiatives.

    Through its diverse strategies and investments in clean and renewable energy, the UAE is now leading global efforts in this area, despite having the second- largest oil reserves in the world. In November last year, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make Dubai a global centre of clean energy and green economy.

    The aim of this initiative is to provide 75 per cent of the emirate’s energy through clean energy sources by 2050, with the ultimate goal of becoming the city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

    Now, more than ever, energy efficiency improvement across the sectors assumes critical importance in view of the ever increasing energy needs caused by high population growth and infrastructure development. Energy efficiency is undoubtedly the fundamental lever for the economic and technologic growth of any country. I sincerely believe that the adoption of energy efficient technologies can not only strengthen long-term energy security but also generate national wealth savings and decrease carbon intensity in the electricity value chain.

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    Earth hour 2016 20

    From skylines to timelines, Earth

    Hour 2016 to be celebrated on 19th

    March shines a light on climate action

    Certification 46

    Two Dubai hotels ‘Go Green’ and

    reduce utility bills by over AED 4

    million in 2015ocean development

    Technology 42

    ‘Nanotechnologies can lead to

    ground-breaking innovations in

    renewable energy’

    HybridS 28 RTA unveils plans

    to convert 50% of Dubai Taxi fleet to

    hybrid cabs by 2021

    Forum 50 Global Forum

    for Innovations in Agriculture

    addresses the future of sustainable



    Industry leaders and prominent

    thinkers gather to tackle energy

    efficiency issues at UAE summit

    UAE Environment

    Day 6 UAE National

    Environment Day was celebrated on

    4th February

    Waste management

    56 Bee’ah to provide

    integrated recycling and

    waste management logistics for Dubai’s World Trade Centre.


    Zayed International Foundation for

    the Environment to contribute US$

    100,000 for the development of

    a novel textbook on green economy

    East’s urbanization

    Opinion 36 ‘Getting serious

    about sustainable products is the best practice companies

    can employ for their stakeholders’

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    In support of the 19th UAE National Environment Day held last month under the slogan ‘Green Economy: Innovation and Sustainability’, the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment entered into an agreement with UNEP to prepare and publish a new book on “Green Economy” which we hope will become the international manual for applying the concept of green development. Following up on the UN’s formal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 that is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets, this Global Green Economy Curriculum Sourcebook will also provide guidance on curricula framework development for university academics

    on global Green Economy.

    The Zayed Foundation’s role in promoting a culture of environmental awareness was further strengthened when it partnered with The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and GE to organize the inaugural Emirates Energy Efficiency Summit in Dubai last month. By encouraging global discussion and knowledge sharing on the key issues of energy saving initiatives and climate change projects, the Zayed Foundation helped provide a platform to foster a two-way dialogue that will ultimately help drive real action to the key global energy challenges.

    As Secretary General of the Zayed Foundation, I had the opportunity to elaborate through a presentation “The What, Why, and How of Energy Efficiency” which linked the international approach and strategy of energy efficiency initiatives with the national efforts of the UAE. I stressed that improving energy efficiency is one of the most constructive ways to address the challenges of high energy prices, energy security and independence, air pollution, and global climate change.

    This month Zayed Foundation will lend its support to another global environmental cause - Earth Hour - and on this occasion, I urge you all to shine a light on climate action by switching off your lights for an hour on March 19 at 8.30pm.

    Executive Editor Prof. Mohammed Bin Fahad

    Managing Editor Dr. Meshgan Al Awar

    Advisor Dr. Eisa Abdellatif

    Editor Sangeetha Swaroop

    Design Director Nash - Intoto


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  • 6 President Khalifa calls for continued efforts to preserve the environment and natural resources

    UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has called for continuing the efforts of developing a legislative environment that will ensure the conservation of natural resources and regulate the consumption of water and energy.

    In a speech on the occasion of the 19th edition of National Environment Day, which is marked on February 4th, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa also called for launching educational programmes to raise awareness of the importance

    of the sustainability of natural resources and the use of clean renewable energy for the country’s development process and its objectives. The efforts are to “successfully implement the initiative that we launched in 2012 which aims to make our country a leader in the green economy,” he said.

    His Highness also said on the occasion, which is being held under the slogan, ‘The Green Economy: Innovation and Sustainability’, “Our country is now blessed with greenery and continues to apply its strategies

    on conserving the environment and its natural resources, implementing its programmes for water and energy consumption, and increasing its natural reserves to achieve Vision 2021 for a sustainable environment and well- being, inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - an environmental advocate, leader of greenery and founder of sustainable environment - who encouraged agriculture so that it became a way of life in the UAE.”

    Sheikh Khalifa pointed out, “Since the founding of our nation we

    UAE National Environment Day was celebrated on 4th February under the theme, ‘The Green Economy: Innovation and Sustainability’.

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    successfully planted tens of millions of trees, built dams, and reclaimed vast tracts of land to revitalise agriculture.”

    He continued, “We have established 21 onshore and offshore natural reserves, which make up 7% of the UAE land mass, in an effort to preserve wildlife and marine species, reduce pollution, have clean air, and a healthy sustainable environment for future generations to enjoy.”

    His Highness the President also stressed that “Environmental effort is a collective responsibility

    which requires the participation of everyone who lives in a civilised society,” adding that each individual is “An ambassador for the environment and should be keen on ensuring its cleanliness, its sustainability, and work on reducing emissions of polluting gases.”

    ‘UAE is a leading state regionally in the field of green development’ H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, has stressed that the

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