PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan launched the inaugural Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) at the opening ceremony of the sixth annual World Future Energy Summit and first International Water Summit in January.

ADSW saw the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East and addressed the interconnected challenges that affect the global adoption of renewable energy, water security and sustainable development. Queen Rania’s participation at ADSW underscored the growing commitment to renewable energy and sustainable development by Jordan and other countries throughout the Middle East. Most recently, Jordan announced the region’s first feed-in tariff to support domestic renewable energy production and growth in the sector. This innovative policy supports Jordan’s National Energy Strategy, which calls for 7% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015, rising to 10% by 2020. The new strategy is expected to attract around $1.4 bn- $2.1 bn in investments until 2020. One of the first signs of this spur in investments is the “Let it Shine” project, which will see the installation of 1,000 homes with solar panels in Jordan’s Tafila governorate as part of a public-private partnership.