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UAE Government’s “Net Zero 2050 Charter”: An Initiative for Climate Action

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Signed by 7 emirates to address the strategies and policies related to climate change

UAE: The Net Zero 2050 Charter of UAE’s government was signed in the presence of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The charter calls for the creation of policies, plans, and strategies for addressing climate change. It depends on measuring and tracking the emissions of greenhouse gases in each of the seven emirates as well as figuring out the processes and activities that result in the emissions.

According to a government official, the UAE government’s signing of the Net Zero 2050 Pact with seven other emirates highlights the nation’s commitment to lower carbon emissions by 2050.

The charter mainly focuses on the crucial possibilities and areas of The National Net Zero 2050 Pathway such as transportation, building, industry, and other fields.

The UAE presented its Net Zero 2050 Strategy Plan in 2021, where a Dh600 billion plan to make investments in clean and renewable energy sources over the ensuing 30 years. It was the first Gulf nation to commit to having zero emissions by 2050.

The local governments of the seven emirates and the federal government, which is represented by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, will work together to put initiatives and policies in place to reduce the impact of climate change on biodiversity, the environment, biosecurity, and public health.

The National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway’s goals which were announced at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) are supported by the charter.

The secretary generals of the executive councils of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah, as well as the director of the Emiri Court of Fujairah, signed the charter alongside Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

Almheiri emphasised how air pollution is brought on by climate change and how these factors affect human health, wildlife, water and food security, and biodiversity. According to her, the charter will support international efforts to combat climate change and guarantee a more secure future for all people.

She added, that the charter was signed as part of the efforts to achieve net zero by 2050 and to contribute to global climate action to secure a more sustainable future for humanity. The UAE will host COP28 later this year and this year is the Year of Sustainability.

The signing of the “UAE Net Zero 2050” reflects the UAE’s commitment to achieving sustainable development and a green economy, creating more prosperous societies, and enjoying a better future, according to Secretary-General of the Executive Council in Ajman, Dr Saeed Saif Al Matrooshi. He also emphasised that fulfilling the government’s goal to serve all of humanity, also enhances the UAE’s status as a global role model for effective climate change.

This is not the beginning, but a continuation of the nation’s meaningful efforts, locally and globally, to tackle climate change, which is gradually becoming a significant hurdle to economic and social growth worldwide, he added.

Following the charter, local governments will be able to share their experiences, procedures, technological advancements, and creative ideas. Governments will be in charge of informing and educating people about concerns related to climate change. To address this worldwide issue, they will involve the whole public.

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