Environment Siemens innovation centre to help accelerate UAE’s ‘net zero’ goals By Staff Writer October 12, 2022 ADIO The agreement was signed by Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi, acting director general of ADIO, and Dietmar Siersdorfer, managing director of Siemens Energy Middle East. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Germany’s Siemens Energy AG have joined together to accelerate the UAE’s goal to become ‘net zero’. Under the partnership, Siemens Energy will receive support to set up its Middle East Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, as part of ADIO’s AED 2 billion ($545 million) innovation programme, according to a press statement. The innovation centre will contribute to the UAE’s goals of generating 50 GW of renewable energy by 2050. The innovation centre in the UAE capital is one of only four globally that Siemens Energy has created, with the other locations in Orlando, the US; Shenzhen, China and Berlin, Germany. The centre will primarily focus on developing circular carbon economies and technologies incorporating digital decarbonisation solutions, green fuels, fuel cells and electrification of heat and industrial processes. Several intellectual property is likely to be developed, along with an aim to facilitate six industry partnerships and four Abu Dhabi university research partnerships by 2025. ADIO’s innovation programme supports high-growth companies and helps them tap into sizeable business and growth opportunities in Abu Dhabi. The programme has allocated AED 1.3 billion to support more than 40 innovative companies from around the world since its 2020 launch.