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Dubai targets 50% carbon emission reduction by 2030

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People walk in the green zone at the Cop28 in Dubai on December 8, 2023

Dubai plans to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 to achieve carbon neutrality.

The new plan will accelerate the emirate’s transition towards clean energy, backed by a clear roadmap for reaching its net-zero goal by 2050, Dubai Media Office said in a statement.

The strategy will focus on environmental protection, biodiversity, conservation of resources, a substantial increase in renewable energy, and the advancement of a green and circular economy.

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The plan sets out a citywide target and strategy to reduce emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 2018 levels, said Mark Watts, executive director of C40, a global network of nearly 100 of the world’s top cities that are united in action to confront the climate crisis.

“From setting up the world’s largest single-site solar park to having 75 percent of vehicles as hybrid or electric powered, Dubai’s new climate action plan stands out in the region,” he added.

As its commitment to carbon neutrality, Dubai has delivered mega projects such as the world’s largest single-site solar power park, the first hydropower plant in the region, a green hydrogen facility, a waste-to-energy plant and the production of green aluminium.

The United Nations Cop28 climate conference at Expo City Dubai will conclude on December 12.

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