UAE’s Ambitious Sustainability Plans7 min read
- Posted by: Omar Sami
- Category: Dubai
The second day of the Climate Future Week in Dubai opened with a captivating keynote address by Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade. Dr. Al Zeyoudi discussed the nation’s pioneering efforts in advancing sustainable global trade and its remarkable strides in reducing carbon emissions within value chains. The UAE is setting an example for nations worldwide
Leadership in Clean Energy
Dr. Al Zeyoudi underscored the UAE’s leadership position in the clean energy sector within the region. He highlighted the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi as a prime example of the nation’s commitment to reducing emissions, contributing to a yearly reduction of 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This significant achievement showcases the UAE’s dedication to sustainable practices and its role as a global leader in clean energy production.
Global Trade's Vital Role in Socio-Economic Growth
In his address, Dr. Al Zeyoudi emphasized the pivotal role of global trade in driving socio-economic growth, job creation, knowledge enhancement, and improved quality of life. He stressed the need for continuous efforts to minimize the environmental impact of trade and the importance of transparent reporting on progress toward achieving sustainable supply chains
Revolutionizing Architecture for Sustainability
Sustainable architecture was another major theme during the event, with a presentation by Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder of MINIWIZ. He shared insights into the UAE’s revolutionary efforts in sustainable architecture and presented global examples of innovative recycling projects that are reshaping waste management in everyday life. Huang’s interactive presentation showcased how countries worldwide meet ambitious climate change goals by enhancing circular economies and reducing material waste.
Capturing Carbon for a Greener Future
Dr. Ayesha Abdulla Alkhoori, an Emirati material scientist and engineer, discussed “Converting Carbon Dioxide for A Greener Future.” She highlighted the urgent need to address climate change and the potential of carbon capture and utilization technologies to contribute to a greener future. Dr. Alkhoori explained various solutions, including carbon capture storage and chemical conversion, stressing the importance of collaboration between academic institutions, industry, and government to develop practical solutions that benefit society and the economy.
Exploring Sustainable Building Methods
Wael Al Awar, an architect and founding partner of a Dubai and Tokyo-based firm, WAIWAI, challenged traditional construction methods in his presentation. He discussed the need to explore more sustainable alternatives to traditional materials like concrete, which is a significant contributor to carbon emissions. Al Awar highlighted the importance of architects in addressing the global climate crisis and finding innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of construction.
Innovative Agriculture in Extreme Climates
Abdul Latif Al Banna, an Emirati businessman and farmer, shared insights into innovative agricultural practices in extreme climates. He highlighted the Arab region’s year-round sunny climate and fertile soil, which allows for cultivating diverse crops for several months each year. Al Banna also discussed techniques to boost soil fertility, enabling the growth of crops on previously barren land.
Architecture Resonating with the Environment
Takashige Yamashita and Youngah Kang of Takashige Yamashita Office provided examples of innovative architectural practices that promote a climate-positive future. Attendees gained insights into sustainable architecture and its potential to positively impact the environment, along with global best practices in architectural design.
Creative Industries and Climate Responsibility
The day concluded with a panel discussion on “Climate Responsible Creative Industries,” moderated by Amani Al Aidroos, Executive Content Producer at the Museum of the Future. Panelists explored how various forms of creative output can encourage environmental awareness and inspire long-term change. The discussion featured Brendan McGetrick, Creative Director at the Museum of the Future, Andrew Dana Hudson, Author and Researcher, and Shamma Al Bastaki, an Emirati artist and poet.
The Climate Future Week will culminate on September 30 with a powerful discussion titled “Countdown to COP28.” Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, COP28 President-Designate, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, will join Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28 and International Union for Conservation of Nature President, in a conversation moderated by Emirati Author, Rhodes Scholar, and Founder of Fiker Institute, Dubai, Abulhou. The event promises to provide further insights into the UAE’s commitment to addressing climate change on a global scale.
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