Austria and the United Arab Emirates have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on advancing hydrogen production capacity in the UAE, according to Emirati state news agency WAM.
“The MoU aims … to contribute to enhancing UAE’s position as a global pioneer producer in the energy sector,” Emirati Industry and Advanced Technology Minister Sultan al-Jaber said in a statement.
The announcement of cooperation comes as Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer visits the UAE and Qatar on a trip expected to focus on natural gas supplies.
The UAE said that the objective of the collaboration in the hydrogen technology industry is to build a long-term, reliable, and mutually beneficial partnership for shared and common goals.
As such, it added, the partnership will comprise a permanent framework for collaboration and exchange across the entire hydrogen ecosystem, including production, storage, conversion, transport, trade, re-conversion, utilisation of clean hydrogen, as well as manufacturing and services along the value chain, and joint research and development activities.
“The MoU aims to establish a comprehensive collaboration in hydrogen technology, which will build on the strengths of each party and contribute to the UAE’s position as a leading global energy producer,” said UAE’s Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.
“The agreement is also in line with the UAE’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 through the deployment and use of clean energy solutions.”
Elisabeth Köstinger, Austria’s Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, added: “It is our shared objective to meet the growing global energy demand while reducing carbon emissions. The United Arab Emirates offer ideal conditions for green hydrogen production, while Austria has decades-long experience in gas transport and storage as well as the required infrastructure.”
“We have decided to combine our respective comparative advantages for the greater good. Today’s signing of a cooperation agreement ensures the Republic of Austria and the UAE remain at the forefront of energy innovation.”