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Mohammad to address Biden’s climate summit


- DUBAI Staff Report

In an acknowledg­ement of the UAE’s work on combating climate change, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will address US President Joe Biden’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate tomorrow.

The two-day summit starting today features 40 world leaders invited by Biden by virtue of being key players in the climate fight that can transform challenges into opportunit­ies.

Shaikh Mohammad will share the UAE’s vision for stronger climate ambition.

In December, the UAE became the first country in the region to commit to reducing carbon emissions by 23.5 per cent by 2030. This translates into absolute emission reduction of about 70 million tonnes.

The UAE is working on increasing reliance on clean energy, boosting energy efficiency, expanding capacity for carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS), conserving blue carbon ecosystems, promoting sustainabl­e agricultur­e, and implementi­ng environmen­tfriendly waste management.

The UAE has has led the region in climate change policy since the Paris Agreement, initially committing to generate 24 per cent of its energy from clean sources by 2021 and later increasing that target to 50 per cent by 2050.

Earlier this month, the UAE convened a climate dialogue with high-level participat­ion of 10 Mena economies, together with US Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and COP26 President Alok Sharma to build momentum and raise climate ambitions in what is crucial year for climate progress.

The Leaders Summit sets a milestone on the road to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow and is designed to increase the chances for meaningful outcomes on global climate action at COP26.

23.5% reduction in carbon emissions targeted by UAE by 2030

50% of UAE’s energy will come from clean sources by 2050

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