The National Climate Change Plan aims to manage GHG emissions while sustaining economic growth, increase climate resilience by minimizing risks and improving adaptive capacity, as well as to advance the UAE’s economic diversification agenda through innovative solutions. It is overseen by the UAE Council on Climate Change and the Environment.
The Plan is designed as a framework for all mitigation and adaptation efforts across the country. It builds on the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030, along with other federal and emirate-level strategies.
To achieve these objectives, the National Climate Change Plan defines three priorities:
• Developing a national GHG emissions management system, whose objective is to establish an economy-wide emission reduction target by 2020.
• Fostering national adaptation planning ;
• Providing a private sector-driven innovative diversification Program.
Several means of implementation are also considered in the plan:
- Climate Finance,
- Capacity Building,
- Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation,
- Awareness Raising and Communications,
- International Cooperation.
The timeline of the Climate Plan extends as far as 2050, with a short-term horizon of 2020, but does not include any quantified targets. A "high level of eco-efficiency" is expected to be achieved by 2030.