United Arab Emirates to become world center for renewable energy


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The Gulf News is reporting that oil-rich United Arab Emirates is among the few developing countries to host a major international organization. Abu Dhabi will be the interim headquarters for the International Renewable Energy Agency, appealingly named IRENA. That fact is remarkable enough, but what is really surprising is that it was chosen over  environmental powerhouses Germany, Austria, and Denmark. 
The World Development Report is full of recommendations – transform agricultural subsidies in rich countries, make US$ 50bn a year in additional funding available for adaptation in developing countries – that readers may be tempted to dismiss as politically impossible. Yet political transformations are possible. Ten years ago would anyone have thought that Abu Dhabi could become a leader in sustainable development? The transformation reaches deep. Consultants making recommendations about the UAE's drinking water tell us that reform of the tariff structure is now being considered at the highest levels - not because it would improve water management, but because the efficiency gains predicted would reduce the country's carbon footprint.


Julia Bucknall

Director for Environment and Natural Resources

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shakti P.C.
August 19, 2009

we should focus more research on glaciers of Himalayas.

Iip albanjary
July 09, 2009

this is a good news.

I hope other rich-oil countries will follow what UAE do. They should consider also on the foundation of renewable energy development : knowledge and technology transfer.