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The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy launched the fifth edition of the Emirates Energy Award (EEA) 2023-2025 on Wednesday under the theme "Empowering Carbon Neutrality."

The Emirates Energy Award is held once every two years to provide a global platform to showcase innovative projects, programs, practices and practical solutions that support sustainability, enhance energy efficiency and contribute to achieving climate neutrality.

It was Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chairman of EEA and vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, who made the announcement during the ninth edition of the World Green Economy Summit in Jumeirah Mina A'Salam Hotel located in Dubai.

Al Tayer explained that the theme aligns with the vision of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of UAE.

"Their vision is for the UAE to be a global hub for innovation in the clean and renewable energy sector and to continue its leadership in global climate action, fostering comprehensive sustainable development," Al Tayer said, WAM reported.

The EEA chairman noted that due to this vision and directives, the UAE has become "one of the most effective countries in supporting global efforts to mitigate climate change and has established its position as a pioneering global model in the field of sustainable energy."

He added that the award is also consistent with the UAE's commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030, as it encourages businesses and individuals to present innovative ideas and projects that would help achieve carbon neutrality.

Al Tayer further noted that the award's fifth edition is special because its launch is taking place during the Year of Sustainability in the UAE and just one day before the opening of the COP28 summit, which the UAE will host. The said summit will be held at Expo City Dubai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.

The vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy also said that the award will contribute to enhancing Dubai's position as a global hub for energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, sustainability and environment protection, adding that these are in line with the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050.

The previous four editions of the award gathered 615 participants from 29 countries.

"I urge all institutions and individuals within the energy sector to actively take part in the fifth edition of the award, focused on carbon neutrality. Together, we can support global climate action and safeguard our planet, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for us and for generations to come," Al Tayer concluded.

EEA is given in 10 different categories, including Energy Efficiency-Public Sector, Energy Efficiency-Private Sector, Large Energy Project, Small Energy Project, Distributed Solar Generation (Large Scale ≥ 500kW), Distributed Solar Generation (Small Scale 500 kW), Education Capacity Building, Applied Research Product Development and Young Energy Professional.