Leading and Partnering on Climate Action

Over $1 billion of aid provided for renewable energy power plants

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

UAE domestic and foreign policy recognizes climate change as a defining threat to humanity and the planet, but also views climate action as an unprecedented opportunity for economic growth and job creation.

The UAE is accordingly one of the world's largest sovereign investors in climate solutions like renewable energy and carbon capture and a committed partner in global initiatives to scale up climate action.

  • The UAE is the host of the 183-country International Renewable Energy Agency and has provided over $1 billion of renewable energy aid across 70 countries, as well as billions of dollars for climate-linked humanitarian relief.
  • The UAE's latest Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) makes it the first country in the region to commit to an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
  • The UAE's investments and policies have resulted in the lowest-cost solar power in the world and the world's largest solar projects.
  • The UAE is a global champion of mangroves as a climate solution and runs one of the world's largest planting programs.
  • The UAE has made an offer to host the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2023, with a focus on finance for adaptation and the economic case for rapid investment in renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and nature-based solutions.
Leading International Change

International Engagement

In partnership with the United States, the UAE will launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) at COP26 to significantly increase investment in food sector innovation for climate action by 2025. The initiative brings together over 30 member countries from around the globe.

UAE development assistance for small island developing states (SIDS) and least-developed countries (LDCs) includes the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund, and the IRENA-ADFD Financing Facility. The over-arching objective is to use public finance to accelerate commercialization in the market.

The UAE was the first country in its region to endorse the 30x30 biodiversity target of protecting 30% of land and sea by 2030 and is a proud member of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People and the Global Ocean Alliance.

Climate security is a top priority for the UAE as member of the United Nations Security Council in 2022 and 2023. The UAE is working to increase early action against destabilizing climate disasters, as well as co-leading the initiative to transition peacekeeping missions to renewable energy.

Partnering on climate for growth

Working with all countries to identify net economic opportunities from climate action

  • The UAE hosts the world's largest annual sustainability event, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which attracts over 50,000 delegates from 170 countries to roll out new technology and invest in projects. The UAE also hosted both the preparatory meetings for the United Nation Secretary-Generals' two climate summits.
  • We are collaborating to increase investments in the hydrogen sector for a low-carbon future with Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom.
  • The UAE has a major portfolio of commercial renewable energy investments around the world. Recent partnerships include Togo, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and the United States. The UAE's Masdar and Norway's Equinor also this year commissioned the world's first commercial floating wind farm in the UK.
  • The UAE's Emirates Global Aluminium company signed the first deal for 100% "solar-made" aluminium with BMW, enabling decarbonization in this part of the global value chain.
Commited to Change

Ongoing Political Commitment

  • As the UAE celebrates its Golden Jubilee year, we consider ourselves a young country with a bright outlook and a firm belief that partnership is the key to progress and solving global problems.
  • We are extremely encouraged by many governments' announcements of ambitious Long-Term Low Carbon Development Strategies, and we look forward to working with our partners to leverage these ambitions for innovation and growth.
  • 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.

“The climate challenge is daunting, and we especially appreciate its scale as a country at the heart of the hydrocarbon industry. But our experience also gives us optimism that there are viable solutions to achieve the Paris Agreement - and that contribution can come from all corners of the globe.”

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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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