The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure’s pioneering initiative, created in partnership with DNV, marks a historic milestone as the first-of-its-kind centre in the MENA region and the fourth globally. It sets a new benchmark for maritime decarbonisation efforts worldwide, with far-reaching implications for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
By capitalising on DNV’s expertise and leveraging the UAE’s strategic geographic location and maritime influence, the Centre aims to spearhead research, innovation, and collaboration among key stakeholders. Its primary objective is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practises, technologies, and policies within the maritime sector, paving the way for a more environmentally responsible future.
Commenting on this partnership, H.E Suhail AlMazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy said, “The UAE leads numerous global competitiveness indicators in the maritime sector. It ranks 3rd globally in the Bunker Supply Index, 5th as a key competitive maritime hub and 12th in the transport lines index. This is a result of the competitive business environment the UAE provides, which attracts major international maritime companies and makes the country’s ports a preferred destination for international shipping lines. However, we will not rest on our laurels; we want to occupy the top position in all international maritime indicators. We look forward to innovations and digital platforms to contribute to enhancing the UAE’s position and improving its global ranking.”
H.E AlMazrouei added, “The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre reflects our unwavering commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry. By collaborating with DNV, we aim to leverage their expertise and global network to drive innovation and accelerate the adoption of decarbonisation technologies. This Centre will play a pivotal role in advancing our national and regional sustainability goals, while contributing to the global efforts in combating climate change.”
The Centre is poised to function as a central hub for researching, developing, and implementing cutting-edge technologies and strategies aimed at curbing CO2 emissions within the maritime industry. Its activities will encompass joint-industry projects, as well as initiatives to support incubation, acceleration, and the development of future talent. Additionally, the Centre will facilitate access to funding opportunities, promote collaboration among industry stakeholders, and serve as a valuable knowledge hub by disseminating research and information to the wider community.