Over the last decade, the UAE has invested considerable resources into clean energy research and development with a unique approach to diversifying energy sources for long-term sustainability. The nation is aiming to increase the contribution of clean and renewable energy in the total mix to 50 per cent by 2050. This will significantly help broaden the nation’s energy sources . The importance of having a diversified energy mix stems from the long lifetimes of energy infrastructure and the need to utilise technology that can provide a substantial baseload, producing reliable power 24/7. A cornerstone of these efforts is the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, led by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), which is working to deliver clean, efficient and reliable electricity through nuclear energy to the UAE grid, develop the next generation of nuclear professionals, and build a sustainable local nuclear sector capability in full alignment with the nation’s energy strategy.
The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Region, is the first of its kind in the Arab world, and is already driving economic and social development in the UAE, by providing high value careers for talented UAE Nationals, and creating a local nuclear industry supply chain, generating contracts for local businesses across the nation. Once fully operational, the Barakah plant will produce up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs, while simultaneously preventing the release of more than 21 million tons of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions every year. With clean and efficient nuclear energy, the UAE will be able to produce the electricity needed to drive economic growth and diversification, as well as social growth, while helping to mitigate climate change for decades to come.
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