Climate Neutrality a National Priority, as UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy Gets Accelerated
Following the Announcement at the UAE Government annual meetings earlier this month of the nation’s comprehensive Net Zero 2050 Strategy, H.E Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has outlined a detailed nation-wide action plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri said: “As early as 2021, the UAE Net Zero Strategic Initiative, coordinated by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, started to study, evaluate, and propose National Climate Pathways to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.
"Following UAE Cabinet endorsement of our plan, we are now unveiling a suite of enablers and initiatives which will accelerate our journey to becoming a climate-neutral nation.”
Her Excellency added: “The UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy is designed to act as an engine for economic and societal advancement by leading the transition to Net Zero emissions and thereby contributing to global mitigation efforts.
"It will create extensive new employment opportunities, with some 200,000 new roles predicted, including high-skilled sustainable jobs across the solar, battery, and hydrogen sub-sectors.”
The delivery of the strategy is predicted to contribute to about 3% of the national GDP, as well as enhanced export opportunities.
Her Excellency Almheiri explained: “The UAE’s journey towards sustainability has taught us that climate action can act as a powerful catalyst for economic growth and opportunity, creating new sustainable jobs, bringing forward technologies at pace, and creating a forward-facing economy grounded on sustainable foundations.
"The Net Zero 2050 Strategy is designed to act as a social and economic springboard for our nation.”
Her Excellency made a call for action by stressing the importance of collaboration between the federal and local governments, the private sector and community in helping the UAE meet its target for each sector.
A nationwide programme
The UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy is part of the nation’s ambitious Net Zero journey and provides a tangible nationwide programme for achieving the emission reduction goals.
It builds on Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, launched in 2021, which set out the UAE’s ambition, followed by the launch of the National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway (2022), which set out the timeline and mechanisms.
Crucially, the Net Zero 2050 Strategy showcases how the country will build on the momentum created by the UAE’s Third Update to the Second NDC, moving from 40% emission reduction by 2030, to Net Zero by 2050.
Her Excellency Almheiri said: “Ahead of COP28 and in the Year of Sustainability, our Net Zero 2050 Strategy demonstrates that the UAE embraces its duty to think generations ahead, and to have the courage to take bold steps.
"It is an approach which embodies both the legacy and foresight of our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the vision and ambition of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
More than 25 initiatives across six core sectors
At the heart of the ambitious UAE Net Zero 2050 strategy, are more than 25 programs covering six core sectors: power, industry, transport, buildings, waste and agriculture. Across all these sectors, the initiatives will focus on improving efficiency and increasing the deployment of renewable energy sources.
The focus will also be on increasing the percentage of clean energy, raising consumption efficiency, and switching to sustainable transportation systems and green buildings in addition to using nature-based solutions and carbon capture technologies.