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UAE raises GHG emissions targets

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The UAE has increased its greenhouse gas emission reduction target from 23.5% to 31% by 2030.
The UAE cabinet, headed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved an updated version of the UAE’s second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.
In support of the objectives of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, the new document outlines the country’s increased climate target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The reduction target translates into an absolute emission avoidance of 93.2 million metric tons of CO2e.
The UAE’s updated second NDC responds to the call of the Glasgow Climate Pact, a main outcome of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), for countries to strengthen the ambition of their NDCs by end-2022.
Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The UAE has a remarkable track record of climate efforts locally and globally. Owing to the futuristic vision of its wise leadership, the country raised its climate ambition in its first and second NDCs, submitted in 2015 and 2020 respectively. Today, we mark a new milestone in our voluntary commitment to environmental protection and climate action as we respond to the call of the Glasgow Climate Pact in our enhanced GHG emission reduction target.”
She added: “As the host of COP28, the UAE will continue building on its climate ambition towards 2023 and beyond. With the submission of the updated second NDC, we are demonstrating our commitment to progressively raising our ambition further each year as new solutions and initiatives become available.”
As the UAE prepares to implement its Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, announced in 2021, a long-term strategy is being developed to inform a higher economy-wide emission reduction target and enhanced climate change adaptation and resilience efforts.