28 firms pledge to reduce carbon emissions


The dialogue, the tenth in its series, specifically spotlights the industrial sector and aims to reduce industrial carbon emissions in the UAE….reports Asian Lite News

28 more companies operating in the industrial sector in the UAE pledged to implement goals to reduce carbon emissions, adopt more sustainable ways in managing their operations, just ahead of the UAE’s hosting of the COP28 conference in November and December 2023.

This was during the launch of the 10th National Climate Ambition Dialogue, presided by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment. The event, organised by the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment (MoCCE) in collaboration with Emirates Steel Arkan, rallies under the theme “Accelerating the Pace of Transition to Low Carbon Green Industry”.

The dialogue, the tenth in its series, specifically spotlights the industrial sector and aims to reduce industrial carbon emissions in the UAE. This is particularly timely as the UAE prepares to welcome the international climate community to the forthcoming climate conference.

These 28 companies are the sixth batch to join the “Climate Responsible Companies Pledge” initiative, part of the “National Dialogue for Climate Ambition”, bringing the total number of companies that have signed the pledge to 90 from various sectors in the country.

The event aligns with the Year of Sustainability and seeks to enhance sectoral climate ambition within the country. It is designed to support the UAE’s strategic initiative of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and strengthen its commitment to international climate action agreements, particularly the Paris Climate Agreement. Furthermore, the event aims to foster collaboration among strategic partners, government entities, and private organisations to achieve these goals.

In her speech, Mariam Almheiri reaffirmed the UAE’s keenness to fulfil its global climate commitments by moving forward to achieve climate neutrality goals by 2050. She also pointed out that all partners in the country needed to cooperate to achieve this goal. She expressed her happiness at the pledge of the largest industrial companies in the UAE to reduce their carbon emissions ahead of COP28 this year.

She said, “The industrial sector is responsible for a large proportion of carbon emissions in the UAE and the world, and we need to work now to find practical solutions to reduce these emissions. We are confident that with the cooperation of all partners and their full commitment, we will be more capable of achieving all our common goals, facing climate change, and creating a more sustainable future for us and future generations.”

Almheiri extended her gratitude to the representatives of the participating companies and conveyed her satisfaction with their commitment to sign a pledge and set targets for carbon emission reduction in their industrial operations before COP28. She emphasised the significance of this pledge as a crucial stride towards establishing an environmentally conscious industrial sector that addresses climate change, preserves the environment, and fosters sustainable economic growth.

Attendees at the event included Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Steel Industries, and representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the UAE Space Agency, Fujairah Environment Authority, Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Dubai Municipality, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and Emirates Steel Arkan, in addition to representatives from over 150 of the largest manufacturing companies in the country.

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