UAE Government to Establish Region's First Maritime Decarbonization Center
In a groundbreaking move that solidifies the UAE's status as a global leader in sustainability and energy transition, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) has announced the establishment of the 'UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center'.
It is the first-of-its-kind Center in the MENA region and the fourth globally.
This pioneering initiative sets a new standard for maritime decarbonization efforts worldwide.
The official signing ceremony to commemorate this historic partnership took place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK.
By leveraging the expertise of DNV and harnessing the UAE's strategic geographic location and maritime influence, the Center aims to drive research, innovation, and collaboration among key stakeholders.
Setting a new standard for maritime decarbonization
Commenting on this partnership, H.E Suhail AlMazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy said: “The UAE leads numerous global competitiveness indicators in the maritime sector. It ranks 3rd globally in the Bunker Supply Index, 5th as a key competitive maritime hub and 12th in the transport lines index.
"This is a result of the competitive business environment the UAE provides, which attracts major international maritime companies and makes the country's ports a preferred destination for international shipping lines."
H.E AlMazrouei added: "The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry."
Reinforcing the UAE sustainability goals
The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center is a testament to the UAE's unwavering dedication to achieving its ambitious sustainability goals outlined in the UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy.
By spearheading the maritime decarbonization efforts, the UAE aims to drive greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions that exceed global ambitions, positioning itself as a leading force in the global fight against climate change.
The Center will serve as a hub for research, development, and implementation of innovative technologies and strategies to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime industry.
It will conduct joint-industry projects, incubator and accelerator programs, and future talent development initiatives.
Furthermore, it will provide access to funding opportunities, foster collaboration among industry stakeholders, and serve as a knowledge hub by publishing research and information.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure & Energy to establish the Maritime Decarbonization Centre,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime.
A maritime hub for business excellence and innovation
This initiative aligns perfectly with the UAE's preparations for hosting COP28, where the nation will showcase its commitment to sustainability and energy transition on a global stage.
The UAE Maritime Decarbonization Center will play a crucial role in strengthening the country's position as a hub for sustainable innovation and global collaboration during COP28.