Climate change cooperation and possible investments in renewable energy sector were central in a recent discussion between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Philippines at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
NEW YORK — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and UAE Industry and Advanced Technology Minister Dr Sultan Ahmed Jaber met to discuss climate-related affairs including talks on UAE’s possible cooperation with the country’s renewable energy sector.
Minister Al Jaber said that the Philippines is a valuable partner, and that the UAE looks forward to expanding cooperation in this sector.
Known as an oil-producing country, the UAE has been extensively investing in renewable energy. Its goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels—and their efforts are making progress.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRINA), 10 percent of UAE’s energy comes from renewable energy resources such as wind and solar powers, and even nuclear energy.
Apart from renewable energy talks, Secretary Locsin expressed the Philippines’ support for the EUA in its bid to cost the COP28, or the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
The UAE aims for the COP28 that showcases customizable solutions to climate change, which are solutions that pay attention to the context of each region of each country.
The Philippines has submitted its first nationally-determined contribution (NDC) in April 2021, which is intended to “guide the country’s long-term development plan towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon pathway”. These contributions are a key obligation under the Paris Climate Agreement. ratified by the Philippines back in 2014.
Both Secretary Locsin and Minister Al Jaber are set to meet again at the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland this November 2021. (RF/Headline PH)