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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the CCAC in 2019, demonstrating its support for minimizing air pollution and short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions. The UAE is situated in a region extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as warmer weather, less precipitation, droughts, higher sea levels and increased frequency of dust and sand storms. Therefore, the short-term benefits of reducing SLCP emissions will be increasingly important for the country in the near future.
Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The UAE is a keen supporter of global efforts to address climate change. Recognizing the urgent need for multilateral cooperation in this regard, as a proud member of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, we reaffirm our commitment to cutting down on SLCP emissions across all sectors through domestic policy-making and developing innovative solutions. Reducing the atmospheric presence and effect of these substances will help us slow the rate of climate change.”
In December 2020, the UAE submitted its second NDC, which highlighted an enhanced greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 23.5% by 2030 compared to the 2030 business-as-usual scenario. The key emissions covered by the revised commitments include emissions from the energy, industrial processes, product use, waste, agriculture, land use and forestry sectors.
In September 2022, the UAE updated its second NDC, raising the emission reduction target to 31 per cent, with key contributions from electricity generation, industry, transport, carbon capture, utilization, storage (CCUS), and waste management.
As a Group 2 Article 5 party to the Kigali Amendment, the UAE is scheduled to freeze the consumption and production of HFCs in 2028 and reach 85% reductions from baseline production and consumption by 2047.
At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2021, the UAE and the US jointly announced the launch of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative. This initiative aims to increase support for and investments in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation to enable solutions at the intersection of global hunger and the climate crisis.
During the same event, the UAE joined the Global Methane Pledge, an EU-US-led initiative that aims to cut global methane emissions by 30% by 2030. As one of the least methane-intensive nations in the world, the UAE welcomes the opportunity to share its capabilities and experience in best-in-class methane performance.
Learn more about the UAE’s climate action.
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