UAE’s prominent governmental bodies in the fields of advanced technology and space have united their efforts to enhance cooperation for climate action leading up to COP28.

As per the agreement formalized at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), the UAE Space Agency (UAESA), and COP28, under the supervision of the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, will collaborate to garner support from both local and international technology and space sectors for COP28. Their collective objective is to motivate entities within these sectors to showcase their contributions to climate initiatives within COP28’s Technology and Innovation Hub.

This partnership aims to leverage emerging technological breakthroughs and advancements to address the global challenge of climate change. Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, noted that the advanced technology and space sectors are “more than essential facets” of national economies.

“They are engines of innovation and critical enablers of net zero, accelerating the development of technologies that support climate action. This collaboration will help mobilise stakeholders of all sizes ahead of COP28, where MoIAT and UAESA will convene the UAE and global innovation and space ecosystem at the Technology and Innovation Hub.”

Al Amiri pointed out that the government has committed to making COP28 an inclusive conference that results in tangible action.

“The full spectrum of society and economy will be represented at COP28, and as government knowledge partners during the event, MoIAT and UAESA will welcome members of the global innovation ecosystem, including SMEs and startups, to showcase their climate technologies and innovations at the Technology and Innovation Hub.”

The fresh collaboration strives to enhance participation within COP28’s all-encompassing framework, uniting prominent technology corporations, worldwide institutions, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), along with space agencies, to facilitate collective efforts toward climate objectives. This initiative will motivate global technology and industrial enterprises to utilize the UAE as a hub for crafting novel technologies that foster sustainable industrial growth, combat climate change, and expedite the process of decarbonization.

Further co-operation

Further, the alliance fosters cooperation in domains of shared interest to amplify collaborative endeavors, harmonizing achievements in both the industry and space sectors with the aims of COP28. Through nurturing this collaboration, the initiative aims to expedite advancements toward the goals of the Paris Agreement and reinforce the UAE’s stature as a worldwide nucleus for pioneering climate-focused technologies.

Moreover, this partnership will streamline the exchange of knowledge, expediting the evolution of cutting-edge technological solutions in anticipation of the conference, thus contributing to the enduring impact of this global event.

“The Technology and Innovation Hub will be an inclusive showcase for partners who have the will and capacity to help us build out the future. Harnessing technological solutions is the key to fast-tracking the energy transition; to building better and more advanced early warning systems; to support localised adaptation; and to strengthening the resilience of cities, of industries, and communities,” Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of COP28 said.

The upcoming 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is of utmost significance as it will tackle crucial matters such as UAE’s energy contributions, transition pathways, associated costs, and strategies to mitigate climate change’s adverse impacts.

By Venkatesh Ganesh

Writes on Renewables, Tech, Infrastructure. Stints with news outlets such as Hindu BusinessLine, HT, Indian Express.