Commissioner Arias Cañete represented the European Union at the 5th session of the IRENA General Assembly that took place in Abu Dhabi on 18-19 January, and that counted with over 1,200 delegates. On Commissioner's initiative, IRENA held for the first time a ministerial roundtable dedicated to the renewables' role in energy security, which he addressed as keynote speaker.
Taking advantage of the IRENA General Assembly, the European Commission organized dedicated EU events, namely a restricted diner with EU Ministers and CEOs and a conference (see details below). Such events, in the run-up to the COP2, enabled:
- To assert the European Commission's role (as representing the EU), as a key actor in the international renewable energy arena, alongside its more visible and assertive engagement in IRENA.
- To confirmagenda forward, in particular through renewables, and the EU lead position in the sector in the policy, technology innovation and deployment areas;
- To back the EU renewables' industry and offering them a platform for showcasing renewables' champions to world markets;
CONFERENCE: EU Leading Global Technology and Innovation in the Renewable Sector, 19 JANUARY, ABU DHABI
On 19 January 2015, in the framework of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, the European Commission Directorate General for Energy organized a high-level event aimed at showcasing how the EU can lead Global Technology and Innovation in the Renewable Sector, in the framework of the World. A panel of high-level speakers discussed Europe’s leading role as promoter of effective policies and solutions, and the opportunities offered by its industries as providers of advanced technologies for a global low carbon economy.
The event, gathering key Energy Ministers and European CEOs, created a momentum for the European renewable energy companies at worldwide level.
This event was the first of a set of international gatherings at the European Commission's initiative on renewable energy, in the run up to the COP21 (Paris, December 2015). The European Commission, alongside its international partners, is dedicated to create a new momentum and showcase the solutions steaming from the renewable sector to climate change challenges.
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Visit to the MASDAR carbon capture, utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project
The summit in Abu Dhabi also gave the opportunity to Commission officials led by Commissioner Arias Canete to make a tour of the Masdar City and visit the Abu Dhabi CCUS project under development at Musaffah. The delegation learnt about the ambitious Masdar Clean Energy projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and CCUS. During the visit to the construction site of the CO2 capture facility that will be attached to an existing Emirates Steel factory, Commissioner Arias Canete heard about Masdar's plans to develop a series of projects that will capture CO2 from industrial facilities, transport it by pipeline and inject it in underground reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery and storage. The visit prompted the Commissioner to tweet #CCS is a reality, also in the Emirates (https://twitter.com/MAC_europa).
The development of the carbon capture and storage technology on industrial facilities will ensure the long-term sustainability of key industrial sectors in Europe, that provide jobs and growth, while contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy. Sharing knowledge and experience between projects will be essential to accelerate the deployment of CCS in Europe and around the world.