Renewable energy projects key to UAE’s diplomatic efforts

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At Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week last week, technology partnerships were signed with New Zealand and Denmark, and plans announced to give US$20 million (Dh73.4m) in aid to Pacific Island states.

Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, director of energy and climate change at the ministry, said clean energy had been identified as a major area of focus for UAE diplomacy.

World Bank looks to reduce water usage in energy consumption

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Thirsty Energy was formally launched on Wednesday at the joint closing ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, which are part of Sustainability Week.

William Rex, lead water resources specialist at the bank, said the objective was “to develop water-efficient energy, energy-efficient water and, most importantly, the tools to plan and manage these two critical resources together”.

Police urge caution on roads as more rain and fog expected

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Motorists should check their windscreen wipers are working and switch on lights in overcast weather conditions, police said.

Tailbacks and a few minor accidents, with no one injured, were reported in Dubai and Abu Dhabi following rain on Sunday night.

“We advise in this situation that drivers must keep to the speed limit,” said Lt Imran Abdullah, of Dubai Traffic Police.

Plans to reuse 100% of Abu Dhabi’s waste water in 4 years

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As it stands, 60 per cent of the 284 million cubic metres of treated sewage generated in the emirate each year is re-used, said Dr Mohammed Dawoud, water resources manager at Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (Ead).

The remaining 40 per cent is discharged into the sea, affecting the environment and wasting a precious resource, Dr Dawoud said.

“Now Abu Dhabi is targeting to reach 100 per cent utilisation for all treated waste water in the future by 2017 or 2018 maximum,” he said.