Sheikh Mohammed launches a new sustainability initiative in the UAE

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has revealed a comprehensive green action plan for the UAE during the recent Cabinet meeting held at Expo City Dubai. Comprising ten key initiatives, this plan signifies a substantial stride toward attaining new environmental objectives and underscores the nation’s unwavering commitment to sustainability.

One of the approved initiatives involves adopting the Biodiversity Strategy 2031 framework, focused on monitoring and safeguarding natural ecosystems. This strategy aims to rehabilitate and restore 80% of degraded land and marine areas, conserve at least 21% of land and marine ecosystems, and improve the status of endangered native species by 10%.

Furthermore, the UAE has committed to the “global cooling pledge,” aligning with over 60 countries to reduce emissions from the cooling sector, a commitment made at the Cop28 climate conference hosted at Expo City Dubai.

Cabinet decisions also encompass supporting a global initiative for decarbonizing the waste sector and establishing a national registry of carbon credits. This registry will enable government and private institutions to assess and document their contributions to emissions reduction.

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed, sharing the news on X (formerly Twitter), announced the Cabinet’s approval of the country’s fifth national communication report, showcasing the success of national efforts in carbon emissions reduction across various sectors. Additionally, a report on the nation’s long-term, low-carbon development strategy was released.

As part of the sustainability drive, the Cabinet sanctioned the establishment of the UAE Electric Vehicle Charging Station Company. This entity will be tasked with developing efficient infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and formulating a pricing strategy for its services.

During the meeting, policies for sustainable aviation fuel and smart construction were also launched. The sustainable aviation fuel policy aims to ensure that at least 1% of the total fuel supplied at UAE airports to national airlines in 2031 is sustainable and domestically produced. The plan sets an ambitious goal of producing 700 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel annually by 2030.

Reflecting on the UAE’s climate action achievements, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted that the country issued more than 60 policies, initiatives, and decisions in 2023 alone to combat climate change and its impact.

The Cop28 conference, hosted at Expo City Dubai, is set to conclude on Tuesday. In addition to sustainability initiatives, the Cabinet addressed various matters, including juvenile crimes, cultural initiatives, and updates in government services during the meeting.

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