A sustainable energy transition strategy for the United Arab Emirates: Evaluation of options using an Integrated Energy Model

Sgouris Sgouridis, Steve Griffiths, Scott Kennedy, Arslan Khalid, Natalia Zurita

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Abstract

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), despite its small size, is emerging into an influential player in global energy geopolitics. Perhaps counter intuitively, the UAE can successfully leverage a sustainable energy transition to strengthen its position as a global energy leader while providing tangible economic and environmental benefits. To be executed successfully, a sustainable energy transition (SET) requires a careful consideration of available options but also political alignment and popular buy-in. The existence of significant energy subsidies on the demand side differentiates the option space as well as the benefit structure of fossil fuel rich states from other nations that have already progressed toward high penetration of renewable energy. A techno-economic assessment of SET options based on a novel Integrated Energy Model (EIEM) indicates that, under plausible assumptions for fossil fuel costs, the benefits of SET outweigh implementation costs.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)8-18
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Strategy Reviews
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Energy economics
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable energy transition
  • UAE energy policy

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