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UAE joins IPHE

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The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced that the UAE has joined the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), adding to the UAE’s long history as an energy pioneer.

Sharif Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, and Noe van Holst, President of IPHE, signed the agreement remotely.

In his address, Al Olama emphasized the UAE’s desire to ensure the success of the IPHE and to contribute to the sector’s local, regional, and international growth. Joining the global initiative will help the nation’s long-term energy and hydrogen policies and encourage international investment.

Joining the IPHE will also enhance the country’s standing as a significant contributor to the creation of international agreements, policies, and activities pertaining to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and infrastructure, he explained. The agreement will facilitate access to a global database of hydrogen information and promote collaboration with related activities and interested parties.

“The UAE is aware that the transition to clean energy, especially hydrogen, which is considered the future of global energy systems and the wider economy, will help meet future energy requirements, mitigate the risks posed by climate change, improve the efficiency of energy systems, and protect natural resources and the environment,” Al Olama said.

“We are working hard to upgrade the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, to drive our aim to become among the leading countries in the field of hydrogen energy. We have recently launched the Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap, which is a comprehensive national blueprint to support domestic, low-carbon industries, contribute to the country’s net-zero ambition and establish the country as a competitive exporter of hydrogen,” he added.

Noe van Holst applauded the United Arab Emirates for becoming the first Middle Eastern nation to join the International Partnership for Hydrogen Energy (IPHE), citing its global standing in the energy industry, notably in the field of low-carbon hydrogen.

“We look forward to working together to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a trusted source of energy worldwide” he said.

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