News from the Middle East
Officials in the United Arab Emirates signed off last month on a $163-billion energy strategy that aims to cut the country's carbon emissions by 70 percent in the coming decades. In addition to improving energy efficiency, the UAE Energy Plan 2050 wants 44 percent of energy consumption to be met by renewables, 38 percent from natural gas, 12 percent from “clean coal” and 6 percent from nuclear power. At present, more than 90 percent of the country's energy is generated from gas, but the UAE recently invested in several large solar plants, and there are plans to bring a nuclear power station online later this year. “Ensuring the sustainability of energy resources means ensuring the sustainability of the country’s growth,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, according The National. Dubai recently set an even more ambitious target, aiming for 75-percent clean energy by 2050.