Published on : Monday, October 11, 2021
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced a net zero by 2050 strategic initiative, a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming three decades. The initiative, the first by a nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nation, was announced at Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The plan aims to underpin dynamic economic growth alongside positive environmental impact, though no detail on how the target would be reached was given. The initiative aligns with the Paris Agreement, which calls on countries to prepare long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5 C compared to pre-industrial levels.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, said that they are committed to seize the opportunity to cement the leadership on climate change within the region and take the key economic opportunity to drive development, growth and new jobs as it is pivotal to the economy and nation to net zero. He mentioned that with an investment of over AED600 billion in renewable energy, the vision for a clean future is clear.
Al Nahyan added that with the announcement of the plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the UAE continues effective role in climate control issues, adding the support to international efforts to mitigate climate change with a range of effective community and economic initiatives. He mentioned that in achieving climate neutrality in the UAE by 2050, the nation aims to develop an approach that both drives sustainable economic growth and is an exemplar of working together to achieve a better future for humanity.