Sharm El-Sheikh, 12 November 2022 (TDI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) unveiled the National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway in Sharm El-Sheikh during its participation in the 27th UN Climate Change Conference, COP27 on Friday.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment of UAE, made the announcement. This makes UAE the first Gulf state to commit to Net Zero.

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The pathway aims to define the climate ambition of the country with an emission reduction target of 18 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040, and 100 percent by 2050 under the Paris Agreement.

While making the announcement, Mariam Almheiri said, “Climate change is the most critical threat to humanity. Recognizing the importance, we are proud to present the National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway.”

Talking about the significance of the pathway, she added “Powered by technology, and innovation, it is expected to bring significant gains in terms of job creation, GDP growth, and air quality.”

UAE is keen to take decisive measures to contribute to global climate action. This will build a climate-resilient and sustainable future for our generations, Almheiri concluded.

What is National Net Zero by 2050 Pathway?

The United Arab Emirates announced the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative in 2021 at Expo Dubai 2020. The initiative was announced during the presence of Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

It is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 which makes the Emirates the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nation to do so.

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The UAE Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative is in alignment with the Paris Agreement. The agreement emphasizes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and limits the rise in global temperature to degrees Celsius.

It is pertinent to mention here that John Kerry, the United States (US) United Special Presidential Envoy for Climate appreciated the initiative. He declared it an example for other energy-producing nations.