Environment, energy and ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision
Under the ‘Forward diplomacy’ pillar of ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision, the UAE seeks to be a leading country in supporting the global agenda for environmental sustainability, pioneering green innovation and a clean and zero-emissions future. It aims to:
- make quantum leaps towards ‘Net Zero’, establishing itself as an environmentally responsible nation and a role model for adopting eco-friendly economic and social best practices and
- serve as a centre for innovation in sustainability by utilising science and technology, knowledge and expertise to drive the green revolution forward.
The National Innovation Strategy aims to stimulate innovation in seven sectors where innovation is key to excellence. Three of the sectors are renewable energy, water and transportation.
Environment Vision 2030
Read about the Environment Vision 2030 for the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Entities in charge of environment
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is the federal authority for environmental planning and action in UAE.
The ministry, in collaboration with the competent local authorities concerned with environment, work on developing environmental programmes and initiatives that aim to contribute to the sustainability of water, enhance food security, raise the rates of bio-security and enhance environmental security. The action plans of the ministry emerge from its vision to ensure sustainable environment for life.
The ministry also launched its National Environmental Education and Awareness Strategy 2015-2021 (PDF, 2MB). The strategy is based on six key objectives that were developed according to international standards and the expectations of the parties concerned. It is aimed at educating the youth of the UAE towards a sustainable future and strengthening the community's commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. The strategy also encourages the active participation of enterprises and economic sectors in moving towards environmental sustainability and educates governments and key stakeholders on environmental issues.
The ministry also launched National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017–2050 (PDF, 3 MB) which serves as a roadmap to bolster nationwide actions for climate mitigation. Through this plan, the UAE will further strive to be at the frontline of global efforts to prove that climate action can go hand in hand with continuous economic development. The document serves as a complementary plan of action that specifically addresses climate change.
In addition to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, there is a competent authority for environmental protection in each emirate. They are: