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UAE Green Initiatives – A step towards climate resilience

4 March 2024
Dorin Popescu

“On the occasion of National Environment Day, we announce that the Year of Sustainability is extended into 2024, reflecting our ongoing collective commitment to protect and preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations,” President Sheikh Mohamed wrote on X.

We have all heard the phrase “going green” being thrown around over the last few years. It is an action one takes to combat climate change by reducing waste. Having to be conscious about this is crucial for our livelihood, it can prevent us from having long term impact on climate change and the benefit of lowering cost. Green initiative shouldn’t be an accessory but a lifestyle, that the UAE is taking steps towards that.

In January 2015, the UAE Cabinet approved the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030 as the focal point of Green Economy actions.

This agenda includes five objectives:

1.Competitive Knowledge Economy

Competitive Knowledge Economy:  Far from the traditional models of production and consumption, the knowledge economy thrives on the cultivation and utilization of intellectual capital, wherein the ability to harness scientific discoveries and applied research prevails.  Green initiatives permeate every facet of this expanding landscape, as enterprises and economic sectors strive to minimize their environmental footprint and embrace practices that ensure long-term sustainability. Whether in the fertile fields of agriculture, the bustling corridors of industry, the dynamic realm of services, or the meticulous domain of administration, the imperative to preserve and restore the environment’s quality is paramount.

2.Social development and quality of life

Social development is the process through which children learn about behavior, perspective and attitude towards society. this is crucial in shaping the next generation to be conscious about their environment to act accordingly considering climate changes. Preservation of the environment as one of the tasks of the ‘green’ economy affects our quality of life through the air a person is breathing, what foods and water he consumes; all this has its impact on the health, sickness rate and average life expectancy of the population.

Social sustainability demands a concerted effort to rectify disparities in access across various dimensions of human existence. It beckons us to bridge the gaps in employment, housing, living standards, services, and amenities, ensuring equitable opportunities for all. Moreover, it impels us to create inclusive spaces where individuals can actively engage in social, cultural, and political realms, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment within diverse communities

3.Sustainable environment and valued natural resources

Embracing the attribute of sustainability entails nurturing an environment where the delicate balance between human activities and the natural world is preserved. Within this framework, natural resources are not merely commodities to be exploited but rather revered assets deserving of careful supervision. It calls for a harmonious coexistence with nature, where the integrity of ecosystems is upheld, and the intrinsic value of biodiversity is cherished.

4.Clean energy and climate action

Embracing renewable sources of power, including wind, water, and sunlight, represents a pivotal shift towards a sustainable future. Unlike fossil fuels, which emit harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, renewable energy offers a cleaner alternative, mitigating the devastating effects of climate change. By reducing carbon emissions, it addresses countless of pressing environmental issues, from droughts and wildfires to flooding and health risks. Furthermore, transitioning to clean energy not only safeguards the planet but also fosters economic resilience, creates job opportunities, and promotes social equity.

5.Green Life and sustainable use of resources

Sustainable resource management ensures the well-being of present and future generations by responsibly harnessing natural assets. By prioritizing renewable resources and minimizing environmental degradation, we secure a prosperous future for all. Over-reliance on non-renewable resources like coal and petroleum is unsustainable, leading to resource depletion and environmental harm.

We trust you’ve gained valuable insights into the UAE’s Green Initiative agenda for 2030. Join us next week as we delve deeper into the remarkable strides they’ve made so far. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed and ensure you don’t miss an update.

Fun Fact

  • • More than 1.2 billion jobs depend on the earth’s ecosystems.
  • • Around 16,000 liters of water is consumed to make just 1 kg of beef.
  • • Recycling a single 330 ml aluminum drink can save enough energy to power a TV for over 3 hours.
  • • Recycling a single 500 ml aluminum beer can save enough energy to power a TV for over 4 hours

 

Credits: Kiyyaa Hundie