The UAE has launched a road map for a ‘power-to-liquid’ (PtL) transition for sustainable aviation fuel to decarbonise the sector.
A white paper on the ‘Power-to-Liquids Roadmap: Fuelling the Aviation Energy Transition in the UAE’, drafted jointly by the ministry of energy and infrastructure and the World Economic Forum (WEF), outlined the financial, economic and environmental benefits of PtL in decarbonising the country’s aviation industry.
It said PtL offered a unique opportunity for the emirates to leverage domestic resources, infrastructure and expertise to grow and decarbonise the economy.
“The UAE is in an excellent strategic position to build a globally leading PtL industry. The analysis demonstrates that it will be financially beneficial, environmentally necessary and practical to deploy PtL capacity to decarbonise the UAE aviation industry,” the white paper noted.
Launching the PtL roadmap, Sharif Al Olama, under-secretary of the ministry of energy and infrastructure for the energy and petroleum sector, said achieving the ‘Principles of the 50’ and the efforts to enhance the country’s overall stature, including in the energy sector, required greater cooperation between government authorities and the private sector.
“The UAE has exerted significant efforts to launch distinguished projects and initiatives in the energy sector, most notably in clean energy, to support the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative and in line with the Paris Climate Agreement,” Al Olama said.
He said the UAE was closely cooperating with regional and international partners, with the aim of achieving sustainability in the energy sector.
This white paper is published by WEF’s ‘Clean Skies Tomorrow’ initiative, in collaboration with the UAE ministry of energy and infrastructure and ICF International.
The aviation sector is one of UAE’s success stories, playing a vital role in the national and the regional economies, helping diversification, tourism and supporting job creation.