Dubai Reduced Carbon Emissions by 21% in 2021
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, chaired the 72nd meeting held virtually. H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, also participated.
The meeting was attended by H.E. Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and board members H.E. Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality; and H.E. Abdulla bin Kalban, Managing Director of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA).
H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Juan-Pablo Freile, General Manager of Dubai Petroleum; and Hussain Al Banna, Acting CEO of the Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) were also present.
The meeting discussed several topics, including the results achieved by the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce 30% of carbon emissions by the end of 2030, in support of the UAE’s efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Dubai reduced carbon emissions by 21% in 2021, which reflects the effectiveness of the Emirate’s programmes and projects.
These include increasing the share of solar energy and enhancing the operational efficiency in factories and facilities, in addition to waste recycling in power and water production, industry, ground transport and waste treatment.
The Supreme Council also discussed a plan submitted by Emirates Gas Company (an ENOC subsidiary) for the coming period to enhance current gas cylinders to advanced ones in terms of safety and reduced weight.
Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy said: “The meeting reviewed our roadmap and plans that include national initiatives and strategies to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and consolidate a low-carbon economy.
"These include the Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the total power production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050, and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2030."
The development and implementation of the existing programmes and projects had a positive and tangible impact, reflected in the carbon emission reduction rates of Dubai over the past 10 years.
"This highlighted the efforts made by the relevant authorities that support a sustainable green economy and the UAE’s vision to achieve net-zero carbon emissions," added Al Tayer.