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Upcoming Events decouple growth from natural capital depletion and contribute to economic growth and job creation. While business is the driver of innovation, governments play a vital role in providing clear and stable market signals. In addition, investment in research and development, support for commercialisation, strengthening markets and fostering technology diffusion also serve as the key players. WGES 2017 will bring to focus the best solutions that promote and enhance green growth. 54 September 2017 “Technological innovations in renewable and clean energy are arguably the lifeblood of a sustainable economy. The UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 is a reflection of the careful preparation and thinking which is going into our country’s rapid transition to support a green economy,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, and Chairman of WGES. “Technological innovation is essential for a transition to a green economy. Crucial to the continued success of organisations in the Middle East and the region, it is key to the future of the UAE, the wider region and indeed the global economy. As such WGES 2017 will ensure that the Summit serves as a strategic platform to provide the best-in-class strategies to meet the green goals,” added Al Tayer. WGES 2017 will also bring to focus how investing in energy and environmental R&D is not