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WFES 2019 set to unlock full potential of innovative and disruptive technologies

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a key enabler of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019, will shape the sustainable development agenda by outlining key challenges and the promise of emerging, innovative and disruptive technologies as solutions to effect paradigm changes across industries, lives and the environment.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ADSW 2019 will cover the subject of ‘Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development’ to examine how industries are responding to the global economy’s digital transformation, which in turn is generating new opportunities to help solve global sustainability challenges. ADSW is hosted by Masdar in partnership with Department of Energy (DoE), Abu Dhabi, the event’s principal partner.

As one of the main highlights of ADSW, and a platform for action based on the week’s policy priorities, the 2019 edition of WFES takes place from 14-17 January, under the theme, ‘Embracing the Future, Welcoming Disruption’, emphasizing its sustainability catalyzing role.

Eng. Abdullah Mohammed Al Khumairi, DoE’s Executive Director of Strategic Affairs, said: “Embracing advanced technologies is a cornerstone of the Department of Energy’s efforts to enhance efficiency within Abu Dhabi’s energy sector, and increase its contribution to the national economy.”

In the context of targets outlined by the United Nations COP 21 Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, WFES complements these global efforts by helping to shape the sustainability agenda and empowering a private sector, bottom-up approach to accelerate commercially driven solutions that tackle interconnected resource and climate challenges.

A central aim of WFES is the encouragement of youth interest in sustainability issues. With the younger generation now accounting for roughly 1 in 4 people in the world today, WFES aims to nurture a new generation of ‘sustainabilists’ by encouraging them to drive innovation across the entire spectrum of energy, water, waste, renewables, green buildings and transportation.

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