Dubai has an ambitious plan to achieve carbon neutrality, with a target of achieving a 50% reduction in emissions by the year 2030. With this, it plans to accelerate its move towards clean energy transition, backed by a clear roadmap for reaching its net-zero goal by 2050.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai, reaffirmed Dubai’s dedication to environmental sustainability and climate action, aligned with the Paris Agreement’s objectives. “We are committed to collaborating with other global cities that share our vision for sustainability and climate action. Guided by the inspiring leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, Dubai continues to consolidate its status as a city that offers the world’s best quality of life.
“In an announcement that coincides with the UAE’s hosting of COP28, Dubai has announced its aim to double its carbon emission reduction, aiming for a 50% decrease by 2030. This ambitious goal is a testament to Dubai’s dedication to a sustainable future, emphasising environmental protection, biodiversity, conservation of resources, a substantial increase in renewable energy, and the advancement of a green and circular economy,” he added.
Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy stated, “The Supreme Council of Energy represented by key government entities has adopted a structured approach for developing prudent energy policies and clean energy projects with a focus on enhancing efficiency and fuel diversification, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud to have achieved a significant transformation of our energy sector, marked by the adoption of a successful market-based strategy, applying the public-private partnership (PPP) model. This approach has not only facilitated the development of a robust clean energy portfolio but also catered to the rapidly growing infrastructure demands of our city.”
Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40, a global network of nearly 100 of the world’s leading cities that are united in action to confront the climate crisis, said:, “I congratulate Dubai on its commitment to respond to the climate crisis by addressing their biggest sources of emissions and their climate risks, through the launch of the climate action plan, in line with the science and keeping temperatures below 1.5°C. The plan, the first of a major city in the Middle East aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement, sets out a citywide target and sectoral pathways to reduce emissions 50% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels. From setting up the world’s largest single-site solar park to having 75% of vehicles as hybrid or electric powered, Dubai’s new climate action plan stands out in the region.”
It may be noted that through partnerships with leading regional and international organizations in clean energy, Dubai has created green funding mechanisms, created an attractive market for renewable technologies. Dubai boasts of having the world’s largest single-site solar power park, a green hydrogen facility amongst other such other renewables projects.