‘UAE Strategy for Green Development’ — a national, nine-year initiative to develop a sustainable economy — has been announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The United Arab Emirates has already moved beyond policy and into practice with its investments in projects like Masdar City. Established in 2006, Masdar City is a purpose-built city that aims to produce no waste or harmful emissions and a commercially driven enterprise that operates to reach the broad boundaries of the renewable energy and sustainable technologies industry.
The announcement coincided with the launch of the World Future Energy Summit 2012, being held in Abu Dhabi.
We launched today “UAE Green Development Strategy” to build green economy in UAE . No sustainable development without green economy. UAE Green Development Strategy aims to build an economy that preserves the environment, and an environment that supports economic growth. We seek an economy that will provide opportunities for our citizens, preserve our resources, and enhance our global competitiveness.
The strategy includes six tracks:
– The first track aims to promote renewable energy, clean fuels, and energy efficiency usage.
– The second track is designed to encourage investments in green economy and green technologies and to create job opportunities for citizens.
– The third track is about the green city and it includes urban planning, sustainable transportation, and clean air initiatives.
– The fourth track aims to deal with climate change through reducing carbon emissions, encouraging organic agriculture, and preserving biodiversity.
– The fifth track aims to rationalize the use of our water and energy resources, encourage recycling, and raise environmental awareness.
– The sixth track includes the green technology and will focus on carbon capturing and storage technologies plus generating energy from waste.