Dubai has targeted both the demand and supply sides of the energy equation in a region-leading carbon abatement strategy.

The Challenge

Dubai is situated in one of the world's leading oil-producing countries and faces challenges regarding deeply rooted, vested carbon interests. The carbon abatement strategy is a big step towards reframing the city as a sustainability pioneer.

The Solution

The Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy (CAS) is a performance-based program for reducing carbon emissions up to 2021 that integrates demand reductions with increased supply of renewable energy. This strategy, costing around $4 billion in total, allows Dubai to manage its energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and develop sector-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The high-impact sectors identified for emissions reductions in a preliminary study are power, water, manufacturing, road transportation, and waste processing. In 2015, Dubai reduced emissions equivalent to 5.7 million metric tons of CO2 and has achieved a 7.29% sectoral reduction target, of which 11% is from the power and water, 3% is from manufacturing, 6% is from road transport, and 6% is from waste. On the supply side, a planned 800 MW solar photovoltaic power plant will contribute more than 260,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions savings.

Environmental Benefits –  Dubai aims to increase domestic solid waste recycling rates from 10% to 70% by 2030, significantly reducing waste to landfill.

Economic Benefits –  Dubai's CAS aims to enhance green trade and investment and accelerate adoption of green technologies via initiatives like the Green Economy Partnership.

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16% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2021 compared with business-as-usual estimates
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