The UAE has always kept sustainability at the heart of its development strategies. The country’s leadership declared 2023 as the Year of Sustainability, about the COP28, which will be hosted in the Emirates later this year.
The UAE has always been hopeful about the opportunity that has built a better, more secure, and more prosperous world, which leads to the first mover in bold climate action and sustainability.
In the words of UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ” The conservation of our planet is not only a moral duty but also an economic necessity.”
President Sheik Mohamed declared the theme for 2023: “Effective climate action requires a shared vision and collective will. As host of Cop28, we are determined to fulfill our role as a global counselor and will continue supporting action and innovation in the field of sustainability”.
As the first country in the Middle East to sign the Paris Agreement and the first in the region to declare a Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, the UAE is in an ideal place to provide the vision of Sheikh Mohamed for an innovative, collaborative approach to sustainable development.
By showcasing our success stories and stimulating knowledge and technology transfers, the UAE is delivering an effective Cop process that creates trust in multilateral systems, provides meaningful outcomes, and delivers realistic solutions that will support the transition to net zero emissions by the middle of the century.
The investment of the UAE in renewable energy projects, both domestically and globally, says enough.
The UAE is now home to three of the highest and lowest cost solar plants in the world and the first country in the region to place industrial-scale carbon capture technology, the first to put zero-emission nuclear energy, and a pioneer in new zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen.
Further, the role of UAE as a global bridge builder between nations has paved the way for investments of more than $50 billion in clean energy projects in six continents, including 70 countries, among which 27 are climate – powerless Island nations.
Apart from renewables, the UAE is actively involved in sustainability initiatives with the Irena that are enhanced in the decarbonizing industry and clean cooking.
The above report states the move of the UAE on the path of sustainability. The approach of the UAE can be seen throughout 2023 and after, as it will help the world transition to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future.