Ahead of COP28, which will take place at Expo City Dubai in November, the UAE cabinet meeting has approved 78 environmental projects and initiatives implemented by the Emirates.
The projects include national strategies to reduce carbon and regulate the use of solar energy products, sustainable tourism and other projects supporting sustainable development.
It may be noted that the UAE was the first GCC member to make a net-zero 2050 pledge. ADNOC, the biggest oil exporter of the UAE, has allocated $15 billion in decarbonisation projects including carbon capture, electrification, and new CO2 absorption technology.
At the 2015 COP21 Paris, a target was adopted to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. With COP28, it is expected to provide tangible solutions to help people adapt to climate change and manage growing climate impacts.
COP28 UAE President Designate Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, who is also the ADNOC CEO has been placing an emphasis on the need to adopt zero-carbon initiatives and using clean energy. He said at the recent 14th Petersberg Climate Dialogue held at Berlin, “We have just passed the seven-year mark since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, with just seven years to go to 2030. There are seven years to reduce emissions by 43% and keep the ambitions and objectives of the Paris Agreement alive.”