Emirates News Agency – Sustainability strategies and plans… UAE accelerators on the path to climate neutrality in 2050

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ABU DHABI, 18th May / WAM / The UAE has strengthened its efforts to support environmental sustainability with a comprehensive set of strategies, plans and programs that work together as national accelerators that contribute to achieving its goal of achieving climate neutrality in 2050.
The strategies and plans launched by the UAE represent a system of comprehensive and interrelated policies for all environmental fields and reflect the depth of future visions and proactive planning in facing climate challenges, protecting the country’s natural resources and enhancing their sustainability.
Climate neutrality 2050/.
The strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 represents a national drive that aims to reduce emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2050, making the UAE the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to announce its goal to achieve climate neutrality.
The initiative is in line with the ten principles of the new fifty, as it will provide new opportunities for sustainable development and economic progress, and is in line with the goals of the “Paris Climate Agreement” to motivate countries to prepare and adopt long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures below one and a half degrees Celsius to two degrees compared to normal levels. Pre-industrial revolution.

The national plan.
The UAE has adopted the National Plan for Climate Change, the comprehensive national framework for managing the causes and effects of climate change, and plans at the same time for the country’s transition to a green economy capable of adapting to climate change and raising the quality of life.
The main objectives of the plan are to manage greenhouse gas emissions at the state level while maintaining sustainable economic growth for the state, reducing risks and improving the ability to adapt to climate change, promoting economic diversification at the state level through innovative solutions in cooperation with the private sector, and strengthening the pioneering role of the UAE. At the regional and international levels in the field of climate action in light of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Water security.
In September 2017, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure announced the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, which aims to ensure the sustainability and continuity of access to water during natural conditions and extreme emergency conditions, in line with state laws and WHO specifications, and contribute to the prosperity and prosperity of society and the sustainability of economic growth. the National.
The strategy aims to reduce the total demand for water resources by 21%, increase the water productivity index to $110 per cubic meter, reduce the water scarcity index by 3 degrees, increase the reuse of treated water to 95%, and provide a storage capacity for two days of storage for normal cases in water system.

The UAE launched its Energy Strategy 2050, which is the first unified energy plan in the country that balances production and consumption, global environmental commitments, and ensures a comfortable economic environment for growth in all sectors.
The plan aims to raise the efficiency of individual and institutional consumption by 40 percent, and to raise the contribution of clean energy to the total energy mix produced in the country from 25 to 50 percent, and to achieve a “saving” equivalent to 700 billion dirhams until 2050.
The strategy takes into account an annual growth of demand equivalent to 6%, and a reduction of carbon emissions from the electricity production process by 70% over the next three decades.
In the same context, the UAE has developed the National Program for Energy and Water Demand Management, which aims to increase the efficiency of the three main energy-consuming sectors: transport, industry and construction by 40 percent.

Food security/.
And in November 2018, the UAE unveiled the National Food Security Strategy, which aims to develop a comprehensive national system based on the foundations of enabling sustainable food production, and identifies the elements of the national food basket, which includes 18 main types, based on three main criteria, which is knowledge of consumption volume. the most important local products, the ability to produce and manufacture, in addition to the nutritional needs.
The strategy includes 38 major short and long-term initiatives, within the framework of Vision 2051, and works through several main directions that focus on facilitating global food trade, diversifying food import sources, and defining alternative supply plans that include from three to five sources for each major food item.

green agenda.
The National Green Agenda – 2030 constitutes a long-term plan to achieve the goals of sustainable development in the UAE and to make its economy more environmentally friendly.
The agenda will implement and follow-up initiatives and projects to achieve the most prominent expected benefits when transitioning to a green economy, such as an increase in gross domestic product by 4 to 5 percent, and a reduction in emissions from the energy sector to less than 100 kilowatt-hours.

air quality/.
The National Air Quality Agenda 2031 represents a general framework for leading and coordinating the efforts of federal and local government agencies, and private sector institutions in effectively monitoring and managing air quality, and mitigating pollution, to ensure enhancing air quality and contributing to creating a safe and healthy environment and improving the quality of life in line with the objectives of the UAE Centennial. 2071.

invasive species.
The National Strategy and Action Plan for Invasive Species 2022-2026 includes an overview of the current situation of invasive species in the country and specific measures to manage them in order to enhance the protection of natural resources, the environment and society from the impact of these invasive alien species.
The strategy seeks to improve public awareness of invasive alien species, enhance the ability to manage them, prevent their introduction and spread, manage invasive alien species with priority, and promote and strengthen cooperation and coordination to combat them at the national, regional and international levels.

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