Dubai targets 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030

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Dubai has announced an ambitious plan to achieve carbon neutrality, targeting a 50 per cent reduction in emissions by the year 2030.

The new plan will accelerate the momentum the emirate has achieved in its transition towards clean energy over the last decade, backed by a clear roadmap for reaching its net-zero goal by 2050.

"This ambitious goal is a testament to Dubai's dedication to a sustainable future, emphasising environmental protection, biodiversity, conservation of resources, a substantial increase in renewable energy, and the advancement of a green and circular economy," said Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai.

The plan, that coincides with the UAE’s hosting of COP28, sets out a citywide target and sectoral pathways to reduce emissions 50 per cent by 2030 compared to 2018 levels.

"From setting up the world’s largest single-site solar park to having 75% of vehicles as hybrid or electric powered, Dubai’s new climate action plan stands out in the region," said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40, a global network of nearly 100 of the world's leading cities that are united in action to confront the climate crisis.

Dubai has delivered exemplary projects such as the world’s largest single-site solar power park, the first hydropower plant in the region, a green hydrogen facility, a waste-to-energy plant and the production of green aluminium.

Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy stated: "We are proud to have achieved a significant transformation of our energy sector, marked by the adoption of a successful market-based strategy, applying the public-private partnership (PPP) model. This approach has not only facilitated the development of a robust clean energy portfolio but also catered to the rapidly growing infrastructure demands of our city."

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