Building on its leadership in sustainable activities, the UAE will address challenges of sustainability, including challenges directly impacting the UAE and Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), scheduled to take place from January 13th – 17th, 2013.
The event is expected to attract more than 30,000 participants from 150 countries. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: “The event serves as one platform that define the future global landscape for sustainability and encourage investments and partnerships to deliver solutions.”
The UAE’s harsh climate and rapidly growing economy are placing a strain on the demand for the electricity needed to desalinate water and cool homes and public places. This challenge will only increase as the region’s population and industries grow, with demand for electricity and water projected to more than double by 2030.
“Meeting the challenges of sustainability is vital both globally and locally. The UAE and Abu Dhabi are diversifying our energy mix to spur future growth through renewable sources. Today, sustainability continues to be an integral part of the UAE’s development plans, from an economic, environmental and social perspective,” added Dr Al Jaber.