Dubai approves plans for 30% CO2 emissions reduction by end of 2030

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has approved the updated plans and objectives to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by the end of 2030 to support the UAE’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

This was announced during the council’s 68th meeting, which was held online and covered a variety of topics, including the successful launch of DEWA-SAT 1, which is part of DEWA’s Space-D program. DEWA is the first utility in the world to use satellites in its operations.

The Council also reviewed the mechanisms and programs implemented by the relative bodies under the umbrella of the Council in electricity and water production, industries, waste management, and land transport to reduce carbon emissions. These resulted in significant reductions in 2019 and 2020.

It approved the regulatory framework for cooling service providers and customers to ensure the effectiveness of permit issuance and billing, and also discussed the implementation stage for Resolution number 6 of 2021 issued by the Executive Council of Dubai to regulate district cooling services in Dubai.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to increase the share of clean and renewable energy sources as well as achieve the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, the meeting reviewed the plans and roadmap to implement the strategy, using the latest technologies. The Council has started evaluating carbon emissions for the next 10 years, in collaboration with the relevant organizations in Dubai to come up with the required measures to reduce emissions.”

In October 2021, UAE announced that it will invest $163 billion in clean and renewable energy over the next several years to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Dubai is also working on clean energy projects, including the world’s largest single-site solar park, the 5,000-megawatt Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The fifth phase is 60 percent complete, with a total investment of $558 billion, is 60 percent complete, said the DEWA.

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