By SARAH KENT and SUMMER SAID
ABU DHABI -- Large oil producers in the Gulf are undergoing
a shift in awareness to accept renewables as part of the future
energy mix, Maria van der Hoeven, executive director at the
International Energy Agency, said Monday on the sidelines of a
conference in Abu Dhabi.
Many of the Gulf countries have made ambitious plans for
increasing the share that renewables play in their energy mix
in recent months.
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has said it will adopt a
renewable energy program at the start of 2013 while Kuwait said
in December that it aims to produce 15% of its energy from
renewables by 2030.
"The interesting thing is we can see a shift in awareness
that renewable energy is part of the future solution," said
Mrs. van Der Hoeven.
"The Gulf is clearly diversifying its energy mix," she said,
adding that the decision was an economic one
"Either you use your domestic oil and gas and that means you
have less to export or you find a different alternative
approach and you use this other fuel you have in huge
abundance, and that's solar," she said.
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