The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has joined forces
with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation (DG) Middle East and
Africa, an affiliate of TotalEnergies, to develop distributed solar energy
solutions with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for the Agency’s newly-built
Plant Genetic Resource Centre in Al Ain.
The partnership agreement was signed by Dr. Shaikha Salem Al
Dhaheri, Secretary-General of EAD with TotalEnergies in the UAE. Under the
agreement, TotalEnergies will develop a 330 kWp solar carport for the Genetic
Laboratory facility in Al Ain.
Featuring 680 photovoltaic panels the solar solution will
generate around 500 MWh of clean energy annually and cover an area of 1,360
square metres of carpark shades. This will allow EAD to reduce its annual
carbon footprint by 200 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent to the power requirement
of around 25 homes’ energy use in one year.
The 20-year solar power equipment lease agreement, which
covers solar installation, operations and maintenance and the production of
solar energy at the Plant Genetic Resource Centre by TotalEnergies, means the
Centre will use the solar power produced from the system for its power
Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive Director of the Terrestrial and
Marine Biodiversity Sector at EAD, said, “We are very excited about this
collaboration with a global pioneering company like TotalEnergies. Through this
lease agreement we at EAD will be contributing to lower carbon emissions in the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is in alignment with the Abu Dhabi Climate Change
Strategy and the UAE leadership’s ambitious programme to produce power from
clean and renewable sources by 2035 and marks a significant milestone in the
UAE’s journey to deliver carbon neutrality by 2050. We selected solar energy
for our Plant Genetic Resource Centre to enhance our sustainability efforts to
strongly complement our native plant species conservation endeavours.”
Gipin Mani, UAE and Oman Country Director, TotalEnergies
Renewables DG Middle East and Africa, said, “We are honoured to collaborate
with the EAD on this landmark project, which represents a fusion of
technological excellence and environmental stewardship. By Integrating
renewable energy solutions into critical infrastructure like the Plant Genetic
Resource Centre, we are paving the way with our partners for a sustainable
future, preserving biodiversity and reinforcing the UAE’s position as a global
leader in environmental conservation.
Our partnership on this project spanning 20 years entails
not only the installation but also the seamless integration, operation, and
maintenance of the solar system. Drawing on our rich portfolio of similar
distributed generation projects totalling over 100 MW in the region, we are
well-positioned to ensure the highest quality, performance and reliability of
solar infrastructure. As a responsible market leader, we are proud to partner
with EAD to foster sustainable development and make significant strides towards
a greener future”.
The Agency is planning to launch its Plant Genetic Resource
Centre by the end of 2023, promoting the UAE as a leader in plant conservation.
It is the region’s largest and most complex centre of its kind and will use
various methods of long-term conservation for seeds, plant parts, tissues, and
full-grown plants, supplemented by genomic and genetic conservation studies.
The aim is to conserve UAE flora and its genetic diversity for generations to
In the UAE, TotalEnergies – through the TotalEnergies
Foundation – has partnered with EAD on a commitment to preserving sensitive
ecosystems in addition to reducing the carbon intensity of the Agency’s energy
mix. The relationship with EAD dates back to 1999 with the launch of the first
conservation programme dedicated to conserving the second-largest population of
dugongs in the world.
In addition, due to its reinforced commitment to climate
action, TotalEnergies has partnered with EAD on a nurture biodiversity study at
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve as well as efforts to protect the flamingoes’ local
Recently, an agreement was made between TotalEnergies UAE
and EAD on research initiatives to manage coastal habitats for resilience to