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Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy

What will the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy achieve?

The plan will deliver a 22% reduction in carbon emissions in the emirate by 2027 – equivalent to sequestration by 500 million trees over 10 years – to support the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

The strategy will also strengthen the climate resilience and agility of key sectors to make Abu Dhabi one of the most climate resilient places in the region.

How will the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy achieve its goals?

Drawing on the emirate’s long history of sustainability, the strategy will be implemented at an accelerated rate across two pillars: mitigation, which involves reducing climate emissions while maintaining economic growth; and adaptation, to enhance the resilience and agility of key economic sectors against climate risks.

Upcoming projects

To achieve the strategy’s objectives, the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy will implement 81 initiatives and 12 key strategic projects, including:

Low-emissions vehicles

Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the land transport sector by promoting low-carbon transport options.

Mangrove restoration

Expand initiatives to grow and maintain mangrove areas using traditional methods as well as innovative methods using drones.

Green procurement

Encourage production and procurement of sustainable products and ensure their market competitiveness through incentives and price privileges.

Al Dhafra PV (Solar) Plant

Being developed to be the world’s largest single-site solar plant, the 2.0 GW plant will increase Abu Dhabi’s solar power capacity to more than 3.0 GW, displace 2.4m tonnes of CO2, and power approximately 160,000 homes.

Abu Dhabi’s recent climate action milestones

As Abu Dhabi advances its efforts to help achieve the UAE’s 2050 net zero goals, here’s a look at the emirate’s key climate action milestones so far:

March 2023

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) meets 80% of total power demand (7.7GW) through renewable and clean energy from solar and nuclear energy plants.

February 2023

Unit 3 of Al Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant commences commercial operations. Once all 4 units are operational, the plant will meet 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs.

October 2022

Aldar invests AED25m in residential community energy retrofit projects to offset 19,000 tonnes of emissions annually.

June 2022

EAD announces ban on single-use plastic bags. First-year results showed a 95% reduction in their use across the emirate.

May 2021

AD Ports launches Helios green ammonia production facility in KEZAD, powered by an 800MW solar plant to prevent 600,000 tonnes of emissions annually.

May 2019

Noor Abu Dhabi commences operations, producing 1.2GW of power and eliminating 1m tonnes of carbon emissions annually.