Summit seeks groundwater conservation solutions

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Abu Dhabi: Conserving precious groundwater resources, which accounts for 63.3 per cent of water resources in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be a key focus of an upcoming global summit.

The Sustainable Water Solutions Village at the second International Water Summit (IWS) from January 20 to 22, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar, will bring together global ideas and best practices that have been successfully implemented in water-scarce communities to achieve water sustainability and conserve natural resources.

Climate change concerns creating heat

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The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the first part of its fifth Assessment Report after almost six years of spade work. The release covers the work of Working Group-I, in charge of the scientific assessment of climate change, while the other two groups responsible for impact and mitigation will release their reports next year.

SR1.3b Saudi-Japanese water desalination venture set up

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Under the patronage of Abdullah Al-Hussayyen, Minister of Water and Electricity, a Saudi and two Japanese companies announced the formation of the Arabian Japanese Membrane Company (AJMC) with an estimated capitalization of over SR1.3 billion, the first ever industrial project established for manufacturing reverse osmosis membranes in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia aims to be world’s largest renewable energy market

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Saudi Arabia aims to become the world’s foremost market for renewable energy with an aggressive investment budget of $109 billion. By 2032, the country strives to generate as much as a third of the Kingdom’s energy demands using renewable energy (54 GW).

Following the publicity surrounding the country’s major investment drive, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) released a series of documents detailing the revised National Energy Plan. In addition to the 41 GW of solar power, 25 GW of CSP and 16 GW of PV, the Kingdom is aiming to generate 18 GW of nuclear energy, 3 GW of waste to energy, 1 GW of geothermal and an additional 9 GW of wind power, specifically for water desalination plants.