Climate changes in the Emirates

Climate changes in the Emirates

Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues at the national and global levels, due to the economic, social and environmental risks that this change entails. The causes of climate change are the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, which results in greenhouse gas emissions that act like a wraparound blanket. around the Earth, trapping the sun's heat and raising temperatures. Climate change is expected to lead to higher temperatures, sea level rise, water stress, more dust and sandstorms, and desertification.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the countries most affected by climate change, as it is located in a desert region characterized by high temperatures and low rainfall. The United Arab Emirates has made great efforts to address climate change, through a set of policies and measures, including:

  • Diversify energy sources and focus on renewable and clean energy.
  • Promoting energy efficiency in all sectors.
  • Sustainable urban planning.
  • Increase green spaces.

The United Arab Emirates seeks to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Below is a summary of the most important goals of the United Arab Emirates in the field of environmental and energy sustainability:

  • Achieving a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, preserving water resources, increasing reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development.
  • Increase clean energy generation target to 27 percent by 2021.
  • Reducing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.
  • Increased energy efficiency.
  • Reducing the share of gas from the country’s total energy sources from 98 percent in 2012 to less than 76 percent by 2021.

In general, it can be said that the UAE has a clear and ambitious vision in the field of environmental and energy sustainability, and is committed to taking the necessary measures to address climate change and achieve sustainable development.

The following table shows the volume of carbon dioxide emissions (kilotons) in the United Arab Emirates during the period (2015_2019):

the year Volume of carbon dioxide emissions (kilotons)
2015 195240
2016 201080
2017 197040
2018 177120
2019 188860

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