Today, Secretary Chu was in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he affirmed the commitment of the United States to building a close relationship with the UAE on clean energy issues. He began the day with a meeting with the Minister of Energy for UAE, Mohammed bin Dha'en el Hamili. He then signed an Implementing Agreement on nuclear energy and nonproliferation with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash. The Secretary traveled to the offices of the Masdar Initiative to discuss the work the initiative is doing to diversify the UAE economy and develop global leadership in alternative energy. He was hosted by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and senior staff, who led a series of discussions on Masdar's work in the areas of carbon capture and sequestration, solar energy and energy efficiency. The Secretary then toured the construction site for Masdar City, which seeks to be the world's first carbon-neutral zero waste city.
Secretary Chu delivered a speech on the need for action on climate change and the commitment of the US to partner with the UAE and others on clean energy to approximately 700 Masdar graduate students, faculty and UAE government officials, followed by a press conference with local reporters. He ended the day with a meeting with His Highness Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nayhan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.