With over 38,000 attendees, 850 exhibiting companies, 175 countries represented for a total estimate of 15 billion dollars worth of deals, the 2019 World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi has come to a close today.

It has been a record year for the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East. Held annually each January, the event is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the major social, economic and environmental trends shaping the world’s sustainable development. It also aims at empowering the global community to realize viable and effective strategies to (mainly) mitigate climate change and address the future challenges related to the energy sector.

The last day of the Summit saw three major themed forums ending: solar, eco-waste and mobility. Addressing topics like quality throughout the supply chain in solar installations to possible approaches to end single-use plastic waste as well as the next generation of mobility technologies and solutions, it is without a doubt the ADSW is taking a 360 approach to sustainability worldwide, but also to align with the UAE Vision 2021 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We at Joan believe the pillars upon which the ADSW is built (energy, water, future mobility, space, biotechnology and tech for good) are essential to improve society and accelerate sustainable development.

We believe adopting a greener mindset is not only a responsible choice, but it is an integrating part of doing business. Bypassing and ignoring the environmental challenges we are currently facing is not only irresponsible, but it is also turning into a badge of dishonor for companies looking to thrive and make an impact.

Thousands were here to make all of this a reality and we are extremely proud to be part of this evolution.

We look forward to WFES 2020!