• Helping national industries lead on sustainability-related issues in the run up to the UAE-hosted COP28

Dubai, UAE:– On the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2022 (ADSW 2022), the global platform for accelerating sustainable development, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) have today announced a partnership with Schneider Electric to enhance sustainability across the UAE’s manufacturing sector. In the leadup to the UAE hosting COP28 in 2023, the partnership is part of a wide-ranging initiative to make the country’s industrial sector the most sustainable in the region.

The collaboration will include on-site sustainability assessments of 50 manufacturers carried out by Schneider Electric consultants, a series of webinars on digital transformation and energy efficiency, and an internship program to upskill 50 Emiratis.

The partnership builds on the nation’s net zero commitments to become a world leader in areas related to sustainability. It is also part of MoIAT’s UAE Industry 4.0 program that aims to increase industrial productivity by 30 percent and add AED25 billion to the national economy by 2031. Schneider Electric is a founding member of the Champions 4.0 Network, a pillar of the UAE Industry 4.0 program that brings together leading local and international companies to share best-practice in the deployment of 4IR technologies across the UAE’s industrial sector.

Mohammed Al Qasim, Director of Technology Development and Adoption at MoIAT, said: “The manufacturing industry across the world emits substantial amounts of greenhouse gases, and changes within this sector will contribute significantly to global net zero commitments. Hence our keenness to raise awareness about environment-friendly and energy-efficient strategies among local manufacturers, inviting them to join us in our collective effort towards a carbon neutral nation by 2050. The sustainability drive requires a specialized set of technology solutions, which will in their own way contribute to the digitalization and advanced technology adoption of the manufacturing industry, in line with the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology. We are delighted to join hands with Schneider Electric, a champion of the UAE Industry 4.0 program, on yet another initiative.”

For his part, Ahmed Khashan, Gulf Cluster President at Schneider Electric, said: “Sustainability is not just a nice-to-have, it’s a fundamental driver of growth and a competitive advantage for the country’s industrial sector. And we can drive sustainability through technological innovation. As the world’s most sustainable company, we are delighted to be able to undertake this project with the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology to support the country’s manufacturing sector in its own journey to become greener, more energy efficient, and ultimately net zero.”

Announced in October 2021, the UAE Industry 4.0 Program aims to increase productivity and the development of innovative products within the country as part of a broader strategy to add value to the national economy, expand and grow specific industrial sectors, and raise productivity. The program was designed by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology to use advanced technologies such as the Internet-of-Things, machine learning, artificial intelligence to drive change and transform the UAE’s manufacturing sector into a world leader in areas such as sustainability.


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