ABU DHABI, The Department of Energy- Abu Dhabi, held Zayed Energy Retreat titled "A New Energy Era" during the retreat held by the Department for its affiliate entities working in the Sector.

During a two-day event, the Department has discussed its latest developments and plans as well as the details of its orientation towards achieving the vision of the Capital to build a reliable and safe society as well as a competitive and sustainable economy.

The Department's strategy reflects the vision of the Abu Dhabi being designed to direct the growth and development of the Emirate's sustainability where it has reorganized its priorities and set strategic goals in coordination with the concerned entities taking into consideration three main pillars; supply security, sustainability and affordability to support the new orientation of the Sector and to enable operating companies.

The event has been attended by a number of the Sector's senior officials and representatives in the Emirate as well as sector companies employees in Manaret Al Saadiyat - Abu Dhabi.

The subject strategy is based on three main pillars: supply security, sustainability and affordability to ensure the constant development of Abu Dhabi, as the Department seeks to achieve the goals of its strategic plan through a series of eight main goals and thirty two initiatives to be monitored and evaluated constantly using performance indicators and periodic reports to ensure proper work progress and smooth execution of the plan.

The first goal is to create and promote the future vision of the Energy Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to support the Vision 2030. The second goal is to provide a strategic orientation that fulfills supply security, environmental sustainability and affordability. The third goal calls for maximizing value relating to economy in terms of the use of natural resources. The fourth goal encourages and promotes constant development. The fifth goal calls for ensuring the transparency of financial and regulatory reporting. The Sixth goal seeks to promote capacity building at all levels of the Sector and supports the development of local skills. The Seventh goal encourages creating an operational model for the Sector along with achieving maximum use of merging processes. The eighth goal seeks to raise awareness with goals among customers and the groups of main partners and to ensure understanding the same.

The Department of Energy has displayed its timeline since the establishment of the Water and Electricity Department in 1966 till its establishment and inauguration, as well as its goals using digital screens to display its works, scope of work, important achievements during the past years represented in the establishment of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB) as well as its future projects and the importance of such projects to all sectors of the society. The new mission of the Department focuses on providing safe, reliable and affordable energy and water services, supporting people and using technology to support the economic, social and environmental goals of the Emirate.

The ceremony has witnessed also an inspiring presentation on the founder of the federation the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth displaying his vision for the future of the Emirate and its sustainability.

Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of the Department of Energy (DoE), stressed the importance of launching the DoE Strategy that is the cornerstone of the continuing development initiatives, and is one of the pillars of UAE Energy Plan 2050, which are keeping abreast with Abu Dhabi's pioneering Energy Sector, that will consolidate the Emirate's position in the world map of energy and sustainability.

The DoE Strategy is to pave the way for the realization of Abu Dhabi's vision of achieving prosperity and decent living, said Al Marar. It is to continue to develop the Emirate's infrastructure and to equip its network, to improve efficiency and to empower the operating companies. Abu Dhabi plan has envisaged the Emirate's future. Accordingly, the DoE has set its long-term goals, which are based on promoting the performance of the agencies and companies engaged in the multifarious fields of energy, streamlining efforts and achieving cooperation between the government agencies by directing them towards clear and specific goals to meet the future needs and aspirations of the Emirate.

Al Marar stressed that the DoE further develops initiatives and sets out programs, the aim of which is to achieve the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Plan. The DoE is also committed to developing and harnessing human and financial resources in a more effective manner in order to achieve the core objectives of the Emirate.

Mohammed Jumaa bin Jarash Al Falasi, the DoE Undersecretary said, in his turn, that such ambitious goals, set out in the Abu Dhabi Plan, are an extension of the approach adopted by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established the first building block of this cultural renaissance 50 years ago. Thenceforth, Abu Dhabi has been continuing to move towards excellence, leadership and sustainable development.

"The Abu Dhabi society in all its categories is in partnership for the implementation of the DoE Strategy as to its programs that are in harmony with its goals," stated Al Falasi.

"It heralds a better future for the Emirate, and upgrades the capabilities and services of the Energy Sector towards brand-new and promising development prospects. It is also to be emphasized that the DoE plays a key role in the industry and the promulgation of the relevant policies, regulations and legislation. In the context of the sustainable development process, the strategy is to strengthen the Emirate's renaissance, which is racing against time and is based on modernity and development."

Furthermore, Al Falasi pointed out that the successive developmental plans that are supportive of the government's tendencies aim primarily at delighting the citizens, providing them with a decent life, addressing the existing challenges and building up the foundations of a society capable of keeping pace with the future.

The DoE focuses on achieving the optimum level in the provision of services related to the energy sector, and works hard to foster it and keep abreast of global developments. The Energy Sector incorporates all activities, businesses and services related to the production, processing, storage, transportation, distribution, supply, sale and purchase of gas, oil and oil derivatives, as well as the generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply, sale and purchase of power of all kinds (i.e., conventional, renewable and clean).

It includes the production, processing, desalination, storage, transportation, distribution, supply, sale and purchase of water, as well as the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater and sewage. It further deals with the recycling and treatment of wastewater, as well as the production, storage, distribution and supply of liquid coolant for central cooling uses.

Source: Emirates News Agency