09 October 2021

UAE launches plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced a plan for net-zero emissions by 2050, and would oversee 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in investment in renewable energy.

This makes it the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to launch a concrete initiative to achieve that climate commitment.

The Gulf state has launched several measures over the past year - coinciding with 50 years since the country's founding - to attract investment and foreigners to help the economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UAE, an OPEC member, has in the past 15 years invested $40 billion in clean energy, the government said. Its first nuclear power plant, Barakah, has been connected to the national grid and the UAE aims to produce 14 GW of clean energy by 2030, up from about 100 MW in 2015.

The UAE is bidding to host the COP28 global climate talks in 2023.

Source: www.reuters.com

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