Reduction of greenhouse gases, taking preemptive action and private sector diversification are top of the agenda for the UAE’s future global warming prevention goals with the development of the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050 framework.
Designed to lay the foundation for the next three decades, the plan draws together the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030 and UAE Vision 2021 to provide a long-term plan for how the UAE can help contribute to a global effort to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Over the next 12 months, stakeholders in the sectors of health, environment, energy, economy and infrastructure will convene with a goal of assessing the economic and social impacts global warming has on UAE life, as well as building a more climate-resilient economy.
“With the National Climate Change Plan, we want to highlight to the world that the UAE is doing a lot,” Fahd Mohammed Al Hammadi, director of the Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, told Abu Dhabi World.
“Yes, we may be an oil and gas producing country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the environment,” he added.
“Today, when we look at climate change, we think it’s all about the sea level rising, but it’s more than that.”
“This is something that might happen in the next 50 or 60 years, but before that, there’s many things you can do.”
“We want to tell the world, and everyone in the UAE, that when we talk about climate change, it’s not just about the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, it’s
everyone. Everyone has a responsibility.”