Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dubai gets C40 Cities Climate Leadership certification

Dubai has achieved a new milestone in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, by getting certifications of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

C40 is a leading global network of cities committed to tackling climate change and protecting the planet. 

The network was established in 2005, and includes 75 major cities that have worked to reduce Greenhouse Gas, GHG, emissions by sharing knowledge and best practices among themselves.

Dubai joined the world’s C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2015, becoming part of an elite group of the world's cities committed to fighting climate change, reported the state news agency Wam. 

This is a recognition of the city’s advanced role in environmental protection, and an acknowledgement of its plans and programmes to reduce GHG emissions that pose a threat to the climate worldwide. 

The world's major cities present an annual report on GHG data, as well as reduction targets through the Greenhouse Gas protocol, which supports best performances and practices.

In 2013, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy established the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Dubai Carbon, and started an inventory of Dubai’s GHG from 2011 onwards.

GHG data is collected annually, and the progress achieved is compared with the set reduction targets.

"This adoption affirms the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership, which aims to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, and the UAE Vision 2021 to secure a happy future and a better life for future generations, and raise UAE’s status as the best country in the world. This also supports the Dubai Plan 2021, to strengthen the future of Dubai," stated Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

"To achieve this, we have launched many green programmes and initiatives, including Dubai's Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2021; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to ensure 75 percent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2050; and the Demand Side Management Strategy, to reduce energy and water demand by 30 per cent by 2030," he added.

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