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UAE reviews national climate commitments following COP28

The meeting assessed the advancements outlined in the declarations established at COP28

UAE reviews national climate commitments following COP28
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

COP28 was a landmark climate conference. Nations worldwide are evaluating and recalibrating their climate ambitions, spurred by the outcomes and agreements forged during this gathering.

This week, the UAE Council for Climate Action assessed the nation’s strides toward climate ambition, reviewing outcomes from the recent COP28 and other pertinent subjects.

Presiding over the fourth session held this year, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, emphasized that the accomplishments at the conference reflect the diligent collaboration of all stakeholders, including the private sector, academic and research communities, and society at large. 

“The COP28 was a landmark event to address and adapt to climate change. The conference resulted in a historic UAE Consensus, which marked a renewed commitment to accelerate climate action and keep our North Star – 1.5 0C – within reach to protect the planet Earth,” said Almheiri. 

She also highlighted the conference’s success in raising about $85 billion for global climate action. It also activated an $800 million fund to assist the countries most affected by climate change and produced 11 declarations on various climate initiatives, receiving broad support from numerous nations.

Participants assessed the advancements outlined in the declarations established at COP28, notably the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge.

This commitment targets tripling renewable energy production capacity and doubling global energy efficiency. The council also deliberated on the UAE Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action.

The online meeting scrutinized the progress of various national initiatives endorsed by the UAE government in December, encompassing the UAE NetZero 2050 strategy, long-term emission reduction endeavors, and the National Carbon Registry. 

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