Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has announced that Dubai reduced its carbon emissions by 33% in 2020, exceeding the target of the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 by more than double.
The Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021. This new achievement emphasises that Dubai is moving steadily towards becoming a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.
Al Tayer explained that the pioneering programmes and initiatives implemented by the organisations under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy have contributed to this significant reduction in carbon emission. Factors for this achievement include increasing the share of clean and renewable energy capacity, which is now 11.38% of Dubai’s energy mix, the expansion of district cooling which saved 650 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2020, incentives that have increased the use of electric vehicles, and other pioneering initiatives to reduce carbon emissions in Dubai.