What is the UAE doing to meet the challenge of climate change?

Investing in the UAE’s renewable energy potential is a top priority for future climate action plans on a national level, according to an announcement made at a global environmental conference.

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Speaking at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23), where world leaders gathered recently to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE minister of climate change and environment, outlined the UAE’s future energy goals for the next five decades.

With aims of making significant changes by 2071 under the UAE Centennial Plan, the nation aims to diversify its energy use, with 27 percent of energy to come from renewable sources by 2021, and 50 percent by 2050.

“The UAE has made significant progress in combating the climate change impacts through our revolutionary national programs, such as the launch of the National Climate Change Plan 2050 and the National Climate Adaptation Program, which aim to strengthen our national capacities to withstand the climate challenges and transform them into opportunities that ensure long-term economic growth,” he stated in a keynote address at the event.

With plans in the pipeline to build a high-tech photovoltaic plant in the emirate, as well as pioneer the first waste-to-energy project, the drive follows the recent announcement of National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050 framework and lays the foundations for a more sustainable future.

“This year witnessed devastating hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, ice melting and impact on agriculture that could hugely threaten food security,” Dr Thani added.

“Considering the current alarming situation, we need to act more swiftly to maintain the momentum created by the historic Paris Agreement if we are to translate its objectives into practical measures.”

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