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UAE’s Net Zero Charter reaffirms its unwavering commitment for climate action

On the sidelines of a cabinet meeting of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held on March 6 2023, a landmark Net Zero Charter 2050 was signed by the government and the seven Emirates. The Charter was signed in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. According to the Charter, the UAE government, represented by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and the local governments of the seven Emirates will cooperate to implement and monitor initiatives and measures to mitigate the effects of climate change on biodiversity, environment, biosecurity and public health.

The UAE’s government Net Zero 250 Charter aims to support the objectives of National Net Zero by 2050 unveiled at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) held at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The pathway defines the country’s climate ambition with an absolute emission reduction target of 18 percent compared to the UAE’s updated second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement by 2030, 60 percent by 2040, and 100 percent by 2050, compared to 2019. The pathway also sets the timeframe and identifies the mechanisms of implementing the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, introduced in October 2021, which is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The UAE Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative aligns with the Paris Agreement, which calls on countries to prepare long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5 C compared to pre-industrial levels. The UAE is the first country in the Gulf region that was committed by net-zero emissions by 2050.

Through the signing of the Net Zero Charter, the Governments of the seven emirates affirmed their commitment to contribute to achieving the National Net Zero by 2050 and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Report. The charter provides for the development of action plans, policies and strategies for climate action. The Charter also provides for the formulation of action plans, policies and strategies aimed at climate action. The Charter calls for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions in each of the seven Emirates, in addition to identifying the activities and procedures that generate those emissions. The Charter will further lay thrust on areas and opportunities of the utmost importance in the National Net Zero 2050 Pathway, including the transport sector, construction, industry and other sectors.

The signing of the Net Zero Charter reflects the unwavering commitment of the UAE to address climate change. On the occasion of the signing of the UAE Governments Net Zero 2050 Charter, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment remarked: “With the UAE hosting COP28 later this year and in line with the Year of Sustainability, we are adopting innovative solutions and the latest available technologies in the actual implementation of the initiative. With the signing of the UAE Governments Net Zero 2050 Charter, we are working hard to realise the country’s goals towards achieving net zero by 2050, and we are committed to moving forward in taking the necessary measures to contribute to global climate action in order to ensure a more sustainable future.”. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, stated that “As we prepare to host the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) from 30th November to 12th December 2023, this charter represents a milestone commitment to consolidating the efforts of all local and federal stakeholders to advance government climate action in the UAE. This is not the beginning, but a continuation of our nation’s impactful efforts, regionally and globally, to tackling climate change, which is increasingly becoming a major obstacle to economic and social development around the world”.

By Dr. Ankit Srivastava

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