The Opening Ceremony of the WGES, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed attendees and presented an update on the implementation and achievements of the last Dubai Declaration.

The penetration of renewables, particularly solar, is growing, which provides an optimistic outlook for the ‘solar revolution’. This session brought together policy-makers, developers and technology players, who agreed that they must work together to make this revolution a reality.

With representatives from both the private and public sector, this session
discussed how to integrate ‘smart’ and ‘green’, with a special focus on smart technologies leading to the era of big data, and the potential for this to create greener, smarter and happier cities.

 

In this session, panelists discussed the scaling of renewable energy projects on the grid. This was followed by a detailed discussion of innovative financial models, technology advancement and the government’s role in driving the PPP model for renewable energy projects.

This international panel presented examples of successful projects, technologies and partnerships, managing water scarcity in major cities. 

This session discussed how utilities can use smart meters and big data to become service providers to citizens by unlocking the full potential of the connected grid. The participants praised the law of open data in Dubai, which institutions can take advantage of by enhancing the services provided.

During this session, participants discussed how to strengthen collaboration between local governments, countries, organisations and NGOs to address climate change issues. Furthermore, it was stressed that companies from the public and private sector need to work together to achieve green economy ambitions, at the local and international level.

This session consisted of a series of presentations from the selected teams of the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME). The achievements of SDME were highlighted in addition to presentations from two teams, who gave an overview of their projects, which focused on building an energy-efficient house.

The session highlighted the challenges facing implementing green energy projects in the real world, and two phases were identified to do so: the innovation phase, which is believed to be where we are now, and the production phase.

This session explored the financing of green energy and infrastructure projects. The Dubai Green Fund was praised as a model of an innovative way of financing mega-renewables projects, however it was emphasised that renewable energy projects must be more commercialised in order to attract investment and financiers.

The session focused on the technology, policy and financing of large-scale decentralised and off-grid renewable energy.

In the presence of H.R.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the World Green Economy Organisation was launched, during the Opening Ceremony of WGES 2016.

This session discussed how women are contributing to a more energy efficient future, how the youth can help make consumption more sustainable, and how cities are the focal point for future low-carbon solutions.