South Africa’s Energy Minister off to UAE for World Future Energy Summit

South Africa’s Energy Minister off to UAE for World Future Energy Summit

(Source: Dept of Energy). South African Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters flew early this week to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she was due to attend the 6th World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the Department of Energy (DoE) said in a statement.

(WFES) is a global annual meeting that promotes the advancement of future energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste management. Global leaders in policy, technology and business were due to gather at WFES to discuss new ways of thinking and shaping the future of renewable energy, the DoE said.

WFES is being hosted by Masdar, and held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Two more events – all part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week – were set to be on the minister’s UAE tour – the Zayed Energy Future Prize (ZEFP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) meeting. IRENA promotes the adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, while ZEFP is the Abu Dhabi government-backed global initiative advocating the development of renewable energy and clean technology.

South Africa, which became an IRENA member in January 2010, is committed in terms of its Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) to have more than 42 % of electricity generated through renewable energy between 2010 and 2030. Therefore, the South African delegation at this year’s IRINA was of critical importance as the country was hoping to use this platform to forge relationships with partners in a view of facilitating the realisation of this objective, the department said.

*Photo by Demotix. SA Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.

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