Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Helveg Petersen signed in Abu Dhabi on 20 January a cooperation agreement on sustainable development with the UAE. The agreement aims to foster collaboration between the UAE and Danish companies and research institutions.

“The UAE is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and has one of the highest levels of energy consumption based on fossil fuels. But the country has recognised that the energy consumption must be lowered and changed in a greener direction. Therefore, the UAE is interested in collaborating with Danish companies and institutions on investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green solutions in the UAE and globally,” said Petersen.

The agreement was signed after the opening of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, where Petersen will also participate in a panel debate on “Wind for prosperity,” an initiative backed by Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Abu Dhabi’s clean energy company Masdar.

The project supports the UN Secretary General’s “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, which is a commercial project that aims to bring wind energy and electricity to areas in developing countries, which are not connected to the national grid.  “The Vestas wind-initiative is an example to follow. It helps developing countries, the global climate and ultimately also Vestas. It is encouraging that Wind for Prosperity and the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative is actively supported by the UAE,” Petersen said.