Covid-19 exacerbates need to develop renewable energy technologies, says Jordan’s envoy to UAE

The Jordanian ambassador to Abu Dhabi, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Jumah Abadi, said the circumstances triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic have “greatly” exacerbated the need to continue developing renewable energy technologies to enhance potentials of the world’s economies to face the pandemic’s economic, development impacts.


Abadi made the remarks as he delivering Jordan’s speech at the 19th and 20th IRENA Council meetings, which were held virtually in Abu Dhabi, with the participation of more than 340 high-level attendees and government representatives from 97 countries.


“Despite the coronavirus-induced difficulties on all world countries and the pandemic’s implications on the progress of work in renewable energy and power efficiency projects and programs, the momentum of achievements witnessed by the world and the Arab region in the renewable energy field and energy rationing is still great in terms of technical development and focus on diversifying sources, and building large commercial projects,” he pointed out.


Highlighting the exceptional circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic, he noted many governments, including Jordan, have taken “comprehensive” measures to impose total lockdown at the beginning of the crisis, which sometimes led to a massive decrease in the demand for electric power, at rates ranging between 15% to 30%, triggering an energy surplus.


Abadi expressed his belief that renewable energy has become the “main” player that draws the map of energy future, not only in Jordan, but in the whole world.


To achieve maximum benefit, he said the time has become appropriate not to think about solar, wind energy only as a source for generating electricity, but rather thinking seriously to further utilize renewable energy sources for other uses, such as power storage technologies, hydrogen energy, and thermal energy production for different industries and sectors.


Locally, the comprehensive strategy for Jordan energy sector for (2020-2030), which was announced last June, includes clear goals “to secure sustainable future energy supplies, diversify the national energy mix, increase reliance on local energy resources, and enhance energy security, according to Abadi.


The strategy, he announced, has set a goal to “generate 31% of the total electricity and 14% of the total energy mix from renewable energy sources by 2030, and aims to reducie energy consumption by 9% by 2030.


Source: Jordan News Agency