The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), an arm of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) responsible for developing and regulating the industrial sector, has announced a partnership with XMILE Group. This partnership aims to build the region’s first processing facility dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Middle East and Africa.
Public-Private Cooperation for Sustainability
The partnership with XMILE Group, an international company with over two decades of experience in the manufacturing of enzyme-based fuel additives, would considerably augment the area-wide endeavours driving sustainable industrial expansion inside Abu Dhabi’s industrial sector. It will also move the public-private sector closer to cooperative programs aimed at increasing public awareness and promoting the broad adoption of low-carbon, sustainable fuels throughout the fuel supply chain.
Key Players and Signatories Of The Agreement
The agreement was inked in front of His Excellency Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade; His Excellency Gerard Paul Marie Hubert Steeghs, the Netherlands‘ ambassador to the UAE; and His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, the Undersecretary of ADDED. This highlights the importance of this partnership in advancing the strategic goals of UAE Net Zero 2050.
On the sidelines of COP28 UAE, the deal was signed by Boudewijn Hugo Sanders, CEO of XMILE Group Ltd., and Eng. Arafat Al Yafei, ED of the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB).
Transforming Abu Dhabi into a Regional Industrial Powerhouse
This agreement marks a major advancement in the goals of the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS). ADIS aims to make the emirate the most competitive industrial hub in the region and propel the Green Falcon Econom. In addition, it aims to lead by example in addressing climate change and advancing sustainability in the industrial sector on a global scale.
The Industrial Development Bureau’s (IDB) Executive Director, Eng. Arafat Al Yafei stated that the IDB’s partnership with XMILE Group is a component of their dedication to encouraging sustainability in the sector. He went on to say that the collaboration is in line with the ADDED Circular Economy Policy framework, which gives industries the authority to prioritise responsible production and consumption in order to accelerate the shift to an innovative and sustainable economy.
In addition, Engineer Arafat stated that he thought the industrial sector would play a major role in driving innovation, diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy, and paving the path for a more sustainable future.
The Chief Executive Officer of XMILE Group Ltd., Boudewijn Hugo Sanders, emphasised the need to work with ADDED to lead the shift to sustainable fuels and implement the local facility. Sanders emphasised that this collaboration is evidence of the commitment to advancing climate-resilient sectors in Abu Dhabi and their common vision. This combined effort will support the international initiative to build a greener future.
ADDED and XMILE Group’s partnership marks a major step toward building MENA’s first greenhouse gas emissions reduction facility. It also highlights the power of public-private cooperation in advancing sustainable industrial growth.