The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has signed a collaboration agreement with DP World, a UAE-based port developer and operator, to advance decarbonization solutions for ports and maritime logistics.
Through the agreement, the two organizations will collaborate on decarbonizing the shipping and ports sectors, aligning current infrastructure, logistics and processes with the demands of the energy transition, and scaling up the use of renewable-based fuels and electrification.
“To align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and meet the demands of a transforming energy landscape, we must overcome existing infrastructure barriers, including in shipping and ports. By partnering with DP World, we aim to transform these sectors, making them more conducive to the global energy transition, where renewables-based fuels will play an increasingly prominent role,” Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General, said.
The Director-General also reflected on the DP World’s innovative use of smart electrification and its efforts to decarbonize its operations by 2040. Carbon emissions from the company’s UAE operations have been reduced by nearly 50% this year, with Jebel Ali port’s electricity now sourced entirely from renewable sources provided by the local utility provider.