The United Arab Emirates’ energy minister argued in favour of laws obliging countries in the Persian Gulf to cut their energy use, it was reported today.
Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei (pictured) told a forum in Abu Dhabi new laws should be introduced to allow countries to keep up their supply obligations to international customers.
He said: “Given the trend we’re observing with Gulf countries emerging as major energy consumers, it is clear that the region has entered a new era.
“It will now require new policies to manage and meet domestic energy demand, while at the same time ensuring our commitment to our customers across the world,” reported news site Arabian Business.
The UAE is one of the world’s ten largest oil and natural gas producers but has one of the highest rates of petroleum use per head in the world according to the US Energy Information Administration.