UAE seeks renewable future

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced a set of comprehensive sustainability goals, indicating its desire to continue as an energy provider in a renewable age.

The announcement was made by His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The sustainability goals are aligned with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals on responsible consumption and production, climate action, protecting biodiversity and enhancing economic opportunity.

As part of its sustainability goals, ADNOC plans to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 25 per cent by 2030 and commits to limit its freshwater consumption ratio to below 0.5 per cent of total water use.

In addition, ADNOC will continue to protect and support biodiversity across its operations and the broader local environment. As part of this commitment, ADNOC plans to plant 10 million carbon dioxide adsorbing mangrove seedlings in Al Dhafra Region in the emirate of Abu Dhabi by the end of 2022.

To enable ADNOC’s goal to reduce its GHG intensity by 25 per cent, it is building on the success of the region’s first commercial-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility at Al Reyadah. The facility has the capacity to capture 800,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, but the plans are to expand the capacity six-fold reaching 5 million tonnes of CO2 every year by 2030.

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