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UAE raises clean energy target to 27% by 2021

UAE to push for access to global funds for developing countries at COP22 meeting in Marrakesh

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 Emboldened by its commitment to fight climate change, the UAE will now rise its clean energy target from 24% to 27% by 2021, a senior official has revealed.

Dr Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said this target is the UAE’s internal action plan to implement the Paris Climate Agreement in which 197 nations committed to reduce carbon emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 2C, reported Gulf News.

“We would like to bring international expertise [for the same],” he said on the sidelines of a media round-table on the UAE’s participation at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to be held in Marrakesh from November 7 to 18.

The UAE, which formally ratified the Paris Climate Agreement on September 21, was the first in the region to set a clean energy target of 24% by 2021. Now the nation has raised that target to 27% to generate energy from sources like nuclear and solar energy, which will considerably help minimise carbon emissions, reported Gulf News.

In an unprecedented show of political will, 177 countries signed the Paris agreement in April 2016, which will come into force on November 4, 2016. By October 5, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved. Eighty-three parties have so far ratified out of 197 parties to the Convention.

Al Zeyoudi said since the COP 22 at Marrakesh focuses on implementation of the Paris accord, all stakeholders would have a role in it. Therefore, the private sector, academia and youth will also represent the UAE delegation. The private sector has a major role to play in the fight against climate change, the minister said.

Along with other developing nations, the UAE will advocate technology transfer, capacity building and access to global funds [for developing nations] to implement the Paris deal.

Fahd Mohammad Al Hammadi, director of Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, told Gulf News that the UAE’s commitment to raise the clean energy target was followed by the nation’s solid depiction of clean energy’s economic viability.

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