60 seconds with… Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar


60 seconds with… Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar

60 seconds with… 
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar 

We spoke to Mohamed to find out how Abu Dhabi is leading the way towards a greener future. 

1. Why is Abu Dhabi championing sustainability?
For Abu Dhabi and the UAE to thrive, we need to deliver a sustainable, diverse economy for our future generations, one based on the values championed by our founding father, Sheikh Zayed, for whom sustainability and human development were guiding principles.
2. How does Abu Dhabi’s pursuit of sustainability and innovation complement each other?

Innovation is absolutely the key to sustainability. Through innovation, we are not just creating new technologies to supply clean energy, but also refining existing ones to make energy production more efficient. 

3. What do you think is going to be the near-future technology that’ll make the biggest environmental impact? (E.g., affordable renewable energy / EVs / plant-based meat, etc.) 
It’s not one single technology that will make the biggest difference: I think a holistic approach to urban development will have the biggest impact. 
Today, cities generate around 70% of our carbon footprint. By implementing existing clean tech, including waste to energy, retrofitting buildings and applying green construction techniques, and mandating sustainable transport solutions, we can cut our carbon footprint by as much as 80%.

4. What is something you do in your everyday life to be more sustainable?
I constantly think about the little things we can do as a household to become more sustainable. Are we recycling our kitchen waste properly? Does the AC need to be set this cold, in every room? Is my choice of car the right one? Am I setting the right example to my children? As one person, it might seem you’re not making much of a difference, but the combined effect, first as an individual, then as a household, then a neighbourhood, then a city, even a country, can be huge.

5. How is Masdar contributing to a greener future? 

In two main ways: first, by investing in projects that help nations meet their clean energy targets and second, through Masdar City, our flagship sustainable urban development. It provides an innovation hub and a testbed for companies and technologies that have the potential to advance the energy transition.

Learn more about Masdar here
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