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آخر تحديث: 25 نوفمبر 2021

The Global Industry Summit, in cooperation with the United Kingdom, reviewed investment opportunities and efforts to achieve climate neutrality.

Ahmed bin Ali Mohammed Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Global Market, stressed the depth of the historical relations and the trade and investment partnership between the UAE and the United Kingdom, in his speech during the “UK Day” as part of the activities of the fourth day of the week of the Global Industrial and Manufacturing Summit 2021.

Al-Sayegh opened today’s activities with a speech in which he reviewed common issues related to industrial affairs, stressing the importance of holding this event in cooperation with the United Kingdom and opening channels of dialogue at a time when the two countries are mobilizing their efforts to reformulate the industrial sector and develop infrastructure in a way that contributes to achieving the goals of climate neutrality.

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He expressed his hope that today’s event will be able to address many of these issues due to the pioneering role of the two countries, adding that the wise leadership of the UAE is following in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in achieving the vision of sustainability and preserving the country’s environment and resources.

He touched on discussing the sectors in which the two countries can cooperate to achieve a tangible impact in efforts to address the challenges of climate change.

He said: “The construction sector contributes nearly 40% of the harmful carbon emissions, therefore, it is necessary to adopt green and environmentally friendly building systems.

The UAE is also a central country in the aviation sector, and has demonstrated a joint commitment with the United Kingdom to reduce carbon emissions in the commercial aviation sector, and the cooperation between the British Rolls-Royce and the Emirati Sanad is an exemplary example of the benefits of this joint cooperation.

Al Sayegh noted the many programs recently adopted by the UAE to advance all its economic sectors, foremost of which is the industry and advanced technology strategy, which aspires to double the industry’s contribution to the GDP by 2031, and which supports the country’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, ensure sustainability and provide smart solutions that the Emirates Development Bank will provide. Large funds to support and develop it.

He said: The British-Emirati Business Council plays an important role in introducing companies in the two countries to the existing agreements and investment opportunities in the two countries, and the UAE will develop legal frameworks similar to those applicable in the British business environment to facilitate trade for British companies.

For his part, Lord Edward Lister, Chairman of the British-Emirati Business Council, stressed on the British side that his country was the base of the first industrial revolution in the eighteenth century, and today it is leading – along with its global partners – the fourth industrial revolution.

2.7 million jobs

And he talked about the industrial sector in the United Kingdom, noting that it provides more than 2.7 million jobs and contributes more than 200 billion pounds to the national economy, and explained that the global industrial transformation is pushing us to achieve the climate neutrality goals for the year 2050, which requires a great effort from the sector to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions despite the progress made over the past decades.

He pointed out that there are many laws to support the transformation process by reducing emissions of harmful gases in the aviation sector and encouraging green buildings to reach full carbon neutrality in the industrial sector without affecting business growth.

Lord Lister praised the level of existing partnerships and business opportunities between companies in the two countries, foremost of which is the strategic cooperation agreement in the field of sustainability recently signed between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar” and “BP” to develop two clean hydrogen centers in each country. The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, with a production capacity of 2 gigawatts.

He added that the two countries are on the verge of many new partnerships in the field of sustainability in the aviation sector and cooperation in the field of innovation centers.

Lord Lister concluded by saluting the UAE on the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the federation, saying: The achievements so far are wonderful and very inspiring, and I am confident that the next fifty years will be very special and full of exceptional achievements.

For his part, Simon Penny, Consul General of the United Kingdom in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and Trade Commissioner of the United Kingdom in the Middle East, delivered a speech in which he stressed the need for governments and the private sector to cooperate in order to achieve the climate-neutral goals that the countries have committed to.

He continued: By hosting the next session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP.28”, the UAE demonstrated global leadership and leadership in addressing climate change at the level of oil-producing countries as well as at the global level.

He pointed to the UK’s pivotal role in disseminating smart solutions at the international level through its development of advanced applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as artificial intelligence, specialized manufacturing and robotics, as well as in promoting the transformation in ways of doing business by increasing reliance on data, the Internet of things and cloud computing to reduce Costs, waste reduction, and the greatest positive environmental impact across all economic sectors.

He referred to Britain’s strategy to encourage its exports, which sets ambitious goals to reach exports worth one trillion pounds by 2030, calling for harmonizing the common goals of the two countries, especially with the existence of similar strategies for the UAE in order to deepen trade relations with a selected group of countries.

Benny referred to the large investments and partnerships that the two countries currently bring together, foremost of which is Mubadala’s 10 billion pound investment in smart industries in the United Kingdom, calling on companies in the two countries to seize the opportunities offered by export financing programs, hoping that discussions on trade agreements would contribute. Free between the two countries to make further progress.

10 years of partnership between British Rolls-Royce and Sanad Group

The UK Day event marked the 10th anniversary of the partnership between British Rolls-Royce and Sanad Group, owned by Mubadala Investment Company, which specializes in aerospace engineering, financing solutions and leasing of aircraft engine components. The speeches focused on the importance of the partnership between the two sides, especially in terms of developing and adopting environmentally friendly solutions in the aviation industry.

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On this occasion, Mansour Janahi, Executive Vice President of Sanad Group, said: Over the past decade, Sanad and Rolls-Royce have cooperated in developing the air transport sector, and their partnership represented a model for cooperation between the two countries. We achieved 4.4 billion dirhams in revenues, served more than 50 airlines and created more than 100 Job.

He thanked Rolls-Royce and its team in the UAE and the Middle East in general for their deep commitment to the partnership, and looked forward to further cooperation in the coming years.

John Kelly, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Rolls-Royce, said: “The partnership with SANAD demonstrates our commitment to the UAE and towards achieving climate neutral goals. Our partnership has succeeded in times of prosperity as well as during times of global economic challenges, and we look forward to A new decade of cooperation.

Carbon neutrality issues

The “UK Day” in the week of the Global Industrial and Manufacturing Summit 2021 witnessed several sessions that focused on issues of carbon neutrality in the industrial sector and in the aviation sector. Significant reduction in emissions in the industrial sector.

Andrew Cockburn, director of the business development unit at the British government “Connect Places Catapult”, which specializes in innovation in the field of transport, said: “Innovation requires attention to the integrated business environment and the cooperation of all partners, during the Corona pandemic, a large amount of ventilators was produced enough for 20 years within 12 years. week, with the cooperation of all parties.

He added that the business model in Britain allows consumers to be connected directly with innovators, which enhances the ability of innovators to respond to market necessities.

For his part, Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Complex, said that the complex works to enhance companies’ understanding and awareness of the available capabilities by shifting towards climate neutrality and introducing them to the existing technology and types of existing solutions, pointing to the urgent need to spread awareness among the industrial sector at various levels.

In a session entitled “Addressing the shortage of competencies required for the industrial sector”, the participants focused on the need to invest in two types of human competencies, the first includes technology and artificial intelligence experts, and the second stigmatizes transformation management experts who can understand the requirements of industrial transformation and know the economic, productive and social impacts of these transformations.

During the session, Jean Ward, CEO of Korutherm, said that it is not possible to reach the goals of climate neutrality without developing the required human competencies, which is something that industrial companies agree on, but which may be lost in the minds of many while thinking about the requirements for the development of the industry. He pointed out that there are several programs in the United Kingdom to gather experts from several sectors to lay the foundations for the governance of the required competencies and to ensure their continuous development.

For his part, Ali Muhammad Al Marzouqi, Deputy Director General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Acting President of Emirates Skills, reviewed the center’s experience in the field of education and training of national competencies, saying that the center adopts an interactive method by building schools and training systems that respond to students’ interests, pointing out in this context. As a result, more Emirati citizens are learning smart software, robotics and advanced technologies.

As for Fatima Al Marzouqi, Head of Emiratisation and Employee Relations at Mubadala, she pointed to Mubadala’s unique experience to identify talent and raise awareness at an early stage by sponsoring programs for children to encourage them to take an interest in the industrial sector through playing and educating them about the principles of establishing Business and launching projects and companies.

She added that the interest shown by UAE women in the industrial sector, especially in engineering and advanced technology, is very large and parallels the highest international levels.

Professor Mamoun Abdel Hafez, Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the American University of Sharjah, presented the university’s experience in building educational programs based on encouraging students to explore, learn and test.

He also noted the university’s focus on communicating with students even in their early stages of education before they reach the university stage by sponsoring competitions and organizing workshops.

The distinctive experience of Etihad Airways

In the “Carbon Neutrality in Aviation” session, speakers addressed the importance of finding a balance between travel costs on the one hand and the imperatives of preserving the environment and achieving carbon neutrality on the other.

In this context, Maryam Al Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability and Business Excellence at Etihad Aviation Group, spoke about the distinguished experience of Etihad Airways a few days ago, as it was able to implement a flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi with carbon dioxide emissions less than the normal limit by 72 percent, confirming The company’s commitment to continue working to achieve the goals of climate neutrality.

For his part, John Kelly, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Rolls-Royce, reviewed the company’s development of its engines to reduce emissions and improve handling of green fuels. Kelly noted that there is no silver bullet and quick fix to the challenges, but working with all parties will facilitate achieving carbon neutrality.

As for Mansour Janahi, Executive Vice President of Sanad Group, he pointed out that the global aviation sector contributes 2% of greenhouse gas emissions, calling for balancing efforts to preserve the environment in the sector with efforts to reduce the cost of alternative energy sources to suit travelers.

Ismail Ali Abdullah, CEO of Strata Manufacturing and Vice President of Aerospace, Renewable Energy and Information and Communications Technology at Mubadala Investment Company, said: “The aviation industry contributes more than 3.5% of the global economy, and this is something we must keep in mind when thinking.” the importance of the sector. We must work to make flights available to all.

He added that the current goal is to reduce emissions while not affecting the cost of travel, while the goal of climate neutrality may be long-term.

Anna Horie, co-founder and CEO of Respra, noted that deforestation contributes between 10 and 12 percent of harmful gas emissions and deprives the world of essential resources, calling for solutions to developing countries to help them preserve forests through the carbon credit market. .

Carbon neutrality in the construction and infrastructure sectors

The UK Day activities concluded with a session entitled “Carbon Neutrality in the Construction and Infrastructure Sectors”, during which Rob Jackson, Director of Business Development at Asset, spoke, calling for the need to use advanced technology to reduce emissions at all stages of construction, namely planning. design, construction and management, in order to accelerate the achievement of climate neutrality goals.

For his part, Anas Patau, Director of the Center for Excellence in Smart Buildings at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, said that the construction sector is a major contributor to emissions of harmful gases, not only because of the way it is built, but also because of the way buildings are managed. He added that there is a need for concerted efforts at all levels between the government, private and academic sectors to reach solutions to reduce the negative impact of the construction sector on the environment.

As for Jonathan Hollyak, director of the carbon neutrality program at Atkins, he pointed out that the issue is not only related to new buildings, but to existing buildings, because they are responsible for the largest proportion of the harmful consumption of carbon neutrality, calling for the need to think about possible changes to existing buildings to become More environmentally friendly.


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