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Dubai will participate in COUNTDOWN

Global initiative for a carbon-free future


Dubai will participate as a representative of the Supreme Committee of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in the global COUNTDOWN initiative, which falls within a series of initiatives held by the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference 'COP26', scheduled for October 2021 in Scotland.

The conference covers the most prominent issues impacting the world on a global level under the environment and climate change umbrellas. The challenges produced by climate change are categorized under five main themes. The themes include:

  • sustainable resourcing and recycling
  • the 100 percent clean energy goal initiatives
  • the reduction of carbon footprint and the promotion of sustainable and healthy food consumption habits
  • the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity
  • the promotion of green, sustainable and carbon-free transport means.
  • Dubai has initiated serious steps to diminish the impact of climate change and reduce its effects by limiting CO2 emissions, waste, and pollution. Sustainability is among the top priorities in Dubai Plan 2021.

Dubai has made significant progress within the areas of sustainable development, clean energy, and green economy to create a brighter, happier, and a more sustainable future.

More than 14 million tons of emissions were reduced in 2019, a 22 percent reduction compared to business as usual. Results achieved exceeded the targets set in the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2021.

Demand side management programs in Dubai contributed to reducing per capita annual consumption of water by 19.5 percent by the end of 2019 compared to 2010. Per capita annual consumption of electricity decreased by 19 percent in 2019 compared to 2010.

Dubai is developing pioneering renewable and clean energy projects to transform the city into a global hub for clean energy and green economy. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050 and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.

In 2015, Dubai became a member of C40, which is the 40 Leading Cities Network in the field of global climate change.