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Cop28 president Sulta Al Jaber Video length: 1:57

UAE’s Al Suwaidi backs Al Jaber after Cop28 criticism

Dr Sultan Al Jaber’s record “speaks for itself”, according to a senior UAE government official. The Gulf state is facing fresh criticism from global media and lawmakers over the oil chief’s appointment to oversee the Cop28 climate summit later this year.  Al Jaber oversees UAE oil giant Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), is UAE […]

UAE South Africa energy trade talks

UAE in position to plug South Africa’s energy crisis

Energy is likely to drive a new era in trade relations between the UAE and South Africa as the latter’s power supply crisis will dominate debate at next year’s general election. Experts say UAE energy powerhouses Masdar and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) could be attracted to South Africa in light of the crippling […]

G7 ministers met for climate talks in Sapporo, Japan, on April 15 and 16

Germany sees chance of fossil fuel phase-out deal at Cop28

Germany sees “a chance” that a deal to accelerate phasing out fossil fuels – similar to the one reached over the weekend by the Group of Seven rich nations – could be agreed at this year’s UN climate summit in Dubai, a senior government official has said. In the joint statement at their meeting in […]

Graphene Innovations Manchester signs deal with Quazar Investment to set up a UAE company to scale up graphene-based technologies

UK-UAE deal to roll out ‘miracle material’ graphene

A University of Manchester company has forged a $1 billion partnership in the UAE to spearhead the drive to commercialise graphene, the “miracle material” that’s stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper and more flexible than rubber. Graphene Innovations Manchester (GIM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Quazar Investment Company to set up the […]

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, says sustainable aviation fuel is 'exorbitantly expensive'

Qatar Airways CEO calls for aviation fuel overhaul

The boss of Qatar Airways has called for an overhaul of the sustainable aviation fuel market. The airline is buying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as it seeks to reduce the environmental impact of air travel. However CEO Akbar Al Baker has labelled the fuel “exorbitantly expensive” and says it is only available in low volumes […]

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UAE firms at forefront of fuelling sustainable aviation

Emirates operated its first flight with one of its engines powered entirely with sustainable aviation fuel last month – a milestone for UAE firms as they seek to lead the industry towards decarbonisation.  The flight, which took off from Dubai International Airport and flew for more than an hour, was a showpiece event for the […]

Green transition ‘must be fair’ for poor nations, says UAE’s Al Jaber

Rich countries should stop throwing up roadblocks to poorer ones trying to secure energy supplies and do more to help them make the green transition, officials from Global South nations told the India Energy Week conference on Tuesday. The criticism highlights the gaping political fault lines in the battle against climate change and underscores the […]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week goes under the theme of "United on Climate Action Toward Cop28' which will be held this year in Dubai

Clean energy investment may be hit by economic slowdown

The global economic downturn could have serious implications on investment into clean energy and cause climate change targets to be pushed back, experts have warned. Elias Hajj, senior partner at McKinsey & Co, said during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week that an estimated $6 trillion is needed annually to fund the transition to clean energy. But […]

After criticism of oil producers at Cop27, Egypt's environment minister Yasmine Fouad said all stakeholders need to be part of the conversation

$100bn ‘a drop in the ocean’ for climate action, says Cop27 host

The world still urgently needs to address the “elephant in the room” in the climate crisis, which is financing action for vulnerable developing countries, officials from Cop27 host nation Egypt said. In 2020 combined adaptation and mitigation finance flows fell at least $17 billion short of the $100 billion pledged annually to developing countries, according […]

Sultan Al Jaber speaks at Cop26 in Glasgow. He is president of this year's UN climate conference, taking place in Dubai

Cop28 chief sets out UAE’s vision for climate finance

The UAE intends to make financing for climate change projects “more affordable [and] much more accessible”, the country’s oil chief and Cop28 president has said. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said finance reforms were needed because the world was “way off track” the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, during a speech to the Atlantic […]


Adnoc chasing global growth with latest venture

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) is creating a dedicated unit for low carbon solutions and international business. It is an attempt to monetise the decarbonisation strategy mandated to it by its board and the wider UAE government.  But the company must ensure that any future overseas work does not cannibalise that of the Abu […]

UK foreign secretary James Cleverly

UK minister stresses commitment to GCC’s clean energy transition

The UK is committed to remaining a “steadfast friend and partner” to Gulf countries as they continue to drive the clean energy transition and one of the most rapid economic transformations in history. British foreign secretary James Cleverly also hailed the development of “spectacular cities” rising from empty deserts in a speech at the Manama […]

Ministers deliver statements during the closing plenary at Cop27

Cop27 deal delivers landmark on ‘loss and damage’, but little else

Countries adopted a hard-fought final agreement at the Cop27 climate summit early on Sunday that sets up a fund to help poor countries being battered by climate disasters – but does not boost efforts to tackle the emissions causing them. After tense negotiations that ran through the night, the Egyptian Cop27 presidency released the final […]

Dispute over ‘loss and damage’ may extend talks for days

Backroom disagreements on what should have been the final day of Cop27 have ensured that talks would spill over into Saturday and possibly beyond. Delegates have for the last few days been predicting that the talks would be extended. It was only on Friday morning that the conference presidency released the first official draft of […]

Solar panels

The dark side of a renewables future

With solar panel and wind turbine production absorbing resources and causing waste, the renewables sector must find recycling solutions to establish a circular economy that truly helps decarbonise energy footprints