ENEC pushes sustainable agenda at World Future Energy Summit
Established in December 2009, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) works to deliver safe, clean, efficient and reliable nuclear energy to the United Arab Emirates. This energy is needed in order to support the UAE’s social and economic growth.
ENEC is an exhibitor and Platinum Sponsor of the 10th edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) where it showcases its commitment to sustainability. The summit is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 and is located at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) between the January 16 and 19.
A delegation from ENEC (including Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of ENEC) was present at the opening of the summit. There were distinguished guests around ENEC’s exhibition booth learning about the newest project developments and sustainability initiatives at ENEC’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant which is currently under development in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. It will be the UAE’s first nuclear power station.
ENEC showed participants that nuclear energy is one of the cleanest and safest ways to produce reliability electricity that is not only abundant but continuous. In the UAE, nuclear energy will help to meet the nation’s sustainability commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement by reducing the carbon dioxide emissions that are generated by the electricity sector.
As part of the UAE Energy Plan 2050, electricity produced from nuclear energy continues to play a vital role in the energy mix, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to this nearly zero-carbon energy source.
The four reactors that are presently being constructed at the Barakah site will be finished and fully operational by 2020. This forms an integral part of the Government’s plan to cut the carbon footprint of electricity generation by 70 percent over the next 30 years.
Mohamed Al Hammadi commented on ENEC’s commitment to sustainability: “It is of paramount importance to all of us at ENEC that we operate safely and in an environmentally conscious manner. Nuclear energy is a much cleaner way to generate electricity than other traditional forms such as oil and coal, which emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, supporting the nation’s efforts to preserve and protect the UAE’s environment and natural historical sites. We operate under the regulations of the Environment Agency, who have helped us develop a number of programs that support the local environment, both marine and land, around our construction site at Barakah.”
ENEC has outlined its promise to operating in an environmentally conscious manner in its Barakah Environment and Sustainability Charter, an agreement co-signed by ENEC and its prime contractor and Joint Venture partner, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). The charter sets out a series of obligations for both parties to ensure that environmental protection, habitat preservation, water and energy conservation, and sustainable waste management best practices are consistently applied.
Since 2013, ENEC has also published an Annual Sustainability Report in line with the criteria and expectations of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group and international best-practices.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”