Leading and Partnering on Climate Action

In 2016 the UAE signed the Paris Pledge to carbon neutrality

50% Energy derived from sustainable sources, by 2050

23.5% Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, by 2030

Leading Climate Change Initiatives

The UAE: A Leader and Partner on Climate Action

The UAE has historically been at the forefront of implementing groundbreaking renewable energy programs, reducing carbon emissions, and working with multilateral organizations to shape a more sustainable future for the Middle East region and world.

Climate change represents an imminent threat to humanity, and is an issue the global community must address together.

  • The UAE was the first Gulf country to sign and ratify the Paris accords.
  • Our latest Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) makes us the first country in the region to commit to an economy-wide reduction in emissions by 2030.
  • The UAE’s second NDC includes an enhanced greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 23.5% compared to business as usual for the year 2030. The enhanced target is expected to translate into an absolute emissions reduction of about 70 million tons.
Leading International Change

International Engagement

In January 2021, the UAE launched the Abu Dhabi Hydrogen Alliance, which will advance low-carbon green and blue hydrogen in emerging international markets and help build a substantial green hydrogen economy in the UAE.

In April 2021, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, visited a number of the UAE's major strategic projects supporting the country's efforts in the field of clean energy and promoting sustainable development at local and global levels.

The UAE is a pioneer and trusted global partner on renewable energy, low-carbon technology, and biodiversity.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) opened its headquarters in the UAE in 2015, marking the first time an international organization with global membership was headquartered in the Middle East.

UAE and the US together

UAE-US Bilateral Initiatives

  • UAE and US climate envoys HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and John Kerry are coordinating on joint efforts to deliver global action on key climate issues, including decarbonization.
  • The UAE's Masdar has made investments in 10 solar and wind projects in Nebraska, Texas, California, and New Mexico.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) played a key role in the establishment and development of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate institute dedicated to renewable energy research that is today part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
Commited to Change

Ongoing Political Commitment

  • As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee year, we consider ourselves a young country with a bright outlook, based on the idea that partnership is the key to progress and to solving global problems.
  • We are extremely encouraged by the Biden Administration’s sharpened focus on climate action and we look forward to working at every level with the United States to make the upcoming White House summit a platform for genuine collaboration.
  • We are also committed to working with our many friends and allies around the world, to ensure that COP 26 is both a political and practical success, because just as with Covid, no country is safe from climate change, until we are all safe.

“Excellent conversation today with our long-term partner, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Special Envoy for Climate. I look forward to strong & productive collaboration on tech, investment, and regional leadership as we work together to ensure global action on deep decarbonization.”

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (January 31, 2021)

Driven by Opportunity

Climate Action as Economic Opportunity

  • The UAE has always seen climate action as an opportunity: - to grow and diversify our economy, creating knowledge, skills and jobs for our young people, while contributing practical solutions to a global problem that affects us all.

    We began our initial investments in the renewable space fifteen years ago. We took the long view that an energy transition was coming, and we placed a bet on nascent technologies that have made sound business sense over time. Today, we operate three of the largest and lowest cost solar plants in the world.

  • We are the first country in the Middle East to operate zero carbon nuclear power, which, along with renewable energy will provide 14GW of clean power for the UAE by 2030.
  • Masdar has made a significant contribution to the UAE’s renewable energy targets, playing a key role in expanding the country’s renewable energy portfolio 400 per cent in the last ten years.
  • In total the UAE has invested in renewable energy ventures with a total value of around US$16.8 billion across 70 countries.
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