UAE makes huge strides in combating climate change

20 November 2017 | Mitigation

The UAE has made significant progress in combating climate change impacts through its renewable energy projects and several other key initiatives, a UAE minister said at a UN conference.

Dr Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said in his keynote speech at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), that the UAE has made great strides in fighting climate change impacts through projects and several initiatives that will contribute to achieving the goals of the National Climate Change Plan 2050 and the National Climate Adaptation Program (NCAP).

The conference, held from November 6 to 17, 2017, in Bonn, Germany, discussed the next steps in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and review the progress of the signatory countries in achieving their climate change goals.

Dr Al Zeyoudi said that in view of the substantial changes to be implemented in the next phase as part of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 has been announced to boost the country’s ambitions to raise the share of clean energy in the national energy mix to 27 per cent by 2021 and 50 per cent by 2050, in addition to laying the foundation stone of the ‘Noor Abu Dhabi Plant’ featuring cutting-edge photovoltaic technology with a potential to generate 1,177MW of solar energy.

In addition, Dr Al Zeyoudi said the UAE has also laid the foundation for the first waste-to-energy project and implemented the first carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Dr Al Zeyoudi stressed that the global conference is taking place at a time when the global climate has been worsening, and extreme weather events have been occurring at a faster and more severe pace than ever before.

During the conference, Dr. Al Zeyoudi reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to the objectives of the UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement and all relevant international resolutions, as well as the country’s determination to continue its voluntary participation in international efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

He called on developed countries to shoulder their responsibilities in addressing climate change impacts, reducing its consequences, and fulfilling their commitments.



Source: Gulf News