UAE moving towards 'net zero world,' says ENEC chief

UAE's nuclear energy corporation set to produce 85% of Abu Dhabi clean electricity by 2025
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The UAE said Wednesday it can produce around one million tonnes of hydrogen per year from nuclear power once all its four units are operational, according to the CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).
'This low carbon fuel is essential to transition to a net zero world,' said chief executive of ENEC Mohamed al-Hammadi [source: Getty]

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said on Wednesday it was set to produce 85 percent of Abu Dhabi's clean electricity by 2025.

The Barakah nuclear power plant's fourth unit had the potential to create one million tonnes of hydrogen per year, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Hammadi, chief executive of ENEC, said.

"This low carbon fuel is essential to transition to a net zero world," he said at an energy conference.

The plant in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world and is part of the Gulf oil producer's efforts to diversify its energy mix. 

In October 2021, the United Arab Emirates announced a plan for net-zero emissions by 2050 and said it would oversee 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in investment in renewable energy.

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