UAE wants to cooperate with Germany on hydrogen for climate-neutral future – minister
Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will cooperate on an accelerated energy transition to meet their climate neutrality targets, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said. In an op-ed for business daily Handelsblatt, the minister wrote that the two countries had launched the Emirati-German Hydrogen Task Force to drive sustainable growth and meet their respective 2045 and 2050 climate neutrality goals. They also discussed how hydrogen-based technology and infrastructure can strengthen Europe’s energy security. As host of the international climate conference COP28 in 2023, the UAE wants to highlight the critical role that the economic transformation of the Middle East will play in the response to climate change, the op-ed said.
Germany has been struggling to replace crucial gas imports from Russia since the beginning of president Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, and has agreed a new gas deal with Qatar. However, in the medium term the German government wants to focus on the use of green hydrogen, which could also come from the Middle East, where solar power could operate electrolysers.