GE and UICCA agree to accelerate energy transition and advance innovative climate solutions
GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA) to collaborate across three broad actionable pillars and build the momentum around climate action in the UAE and beyond. The agreement focuses on three key pillars namely, Youth & Diversity, Innovation & Technology, and Policy Collaboration.
Under the framework of the newly signed agreement, GE and UICCA, a think tank and accelerator focused on driving the transition to a green economy, will work together to accelerate energy transition efforts by empowering the nation’s youth, fostering impactful technology innovations, and harnessing the potential of policy advocacy to drive sustainable development solutions across the energy ecosystem.
To help build critical climate infrastructure, the two entities will lead joint efforts in research to develop and promote breakthrough technologies that have the potential to be deployed at scale in the region and beyond. Under the third pillar, GE and UICCA will help accelerate the energy transition by collaborating with stakeholders in government, research centres, think tanks, and independent organizations to develop and advocate informed policy recommendations that support climate solutions.
H.H. Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President & CEO, UICCA, said, “To accelerate global climate action and address the ever-evolving challenges on the path to a just and inclusive energy transition, it is important to create synergies between diverse stakeholders across the sustainability ecosystem. While leveraging the power of tech will foster impactful and innovative solutions, our youth must also be empowered with critical skills to lead us into a climate neutral future. The MoU with GE reflects our mutual interest and commitment in collectively forging a solutions-oriented agenda to accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality in line with the UAE’s Net Zero goals.”
Both organisations will engage young people and diverse communities in climate change solutions through a multi-pronged approach encompassing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, awareness-raising, and capacity building.
Roger Martella, Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “GE is committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of diverse scientists, engineers, and leaders. We are honoured to work with UICCA to equip future inventors and innovators with critical STEM skills and competencies that are required to build a lower carbon future. We hope this collaboration will support the UAE’s goal of ensuring the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) is inclusive and creates a better future for people and the planet.”
As an organization committed to making continued, real investments to advance science and create a better future for all, GE believes that breakthrough energy technologies will be critical in addressing the energy transition and helping countries and customers meet their climate and sustainability goals.