27/01/2022 – Utilities / Event / Congress / Electricity / Water / Abu Dhabi / UAE
Abu Dhabi to host World Utilities Congress in May 2022
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – Member of the UAE’s Executive Council, and Chairman of both Abu Dhabi Executive Committee and Abu Dhabi Executive Office – the inaugural edition of the World Utilities Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-11 May 2022.
Utilities are already at the heart of delivering global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, whilst keeping the world supplied with vital energy and water. The challenge to decarbonise is immense and requires sector leaders to share knowledge – and most importantly, to work together.
A new global exhibition and conference addressing the future of low carbon power and water supplies, the World Utilities Congress is to be hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), and organised by dmg events.
Transitioning to a new era
Coming just six months after COP26, and within the context of commitments emanating from those climate-impact-related discussions, the Congress will provide a powerful global networking and knowledge exchange platform to help the industry reflect upon the next phase.
The Congress will draw together ministers, global leaders and key power and water industry stakeholders to explore the business-critical needs as well as network and identify new solutions and opportunities.
The prestigious event is set to showcase the sector’s central role in transitioning to a new era for sustainable energy and water, and how it is embracing technological changes that will transform the industry.
In the UAE, the ‘National Integrated Energy Model’ was recently launched to support the UAE Energy Strategy to increase the contribution of clean energy into the country’s total energy mix to 50 per cent by 2050. There is also a major shift underway towards energy efficient water production, by way of reverse osmosis desalination.
Championing low carbon power and water
Event host TAQA is at the centre of the UAE’s efforts, having recently announced its 2030 strategy for sustainable and profitable growth. The company is setting out to become a champion of low carbon power and water for Abu Dhabi, and will leverage the UAE’s strong global relationships to further the growth of its power and water portfolio at home and internationally.
Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group CEO and Managing Director, commented: “As the host of the inaugural edition of the World Utilities Congress, we are honoured to have the support of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at such an important event for our sector and for the Emirate.
“Abu Dhabi and the Untied Arab Emirates has articulated a firm commitment to its sustainability agenda, and this event will put decarbonisation, renewable energy and sustainability at the heart of its programme,” the TAQA executive continued. “The support of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan further strengthens that commitment in future-proofing the utilities sector.”
“Overwhelming support” from across the world
Christopher Hudson, President of dmg events –organiser of the World Utilities Congress – said his company was “honoured” that H.H. Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is to be patron of the event, and that his team has been “delighted with the overwhelming support that the World Utilities Congress is receiving from its key partners in the UAE and supporters from across the world.”
The World Utilities Congress is supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC).