Towards a better future, the leaders of the United Arab Emirates are trying to accelerate efforts to preserve the planet after severe climate changes witnessed by the world, especially in 2023, where carbon dioxide remains a major source of global destruction, a challenge that the UAE is facing by accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels.
COP 28 aims to be an effective summit for global countries to discuss the use of clean fuel and green energy, making it the most ambitious plan in the world.
Most ambitious plan in history
Professor Ibrahim Ozdemir, a United Nations advisor, said that the COP28 conference represents the most ambitious climate plan in history, affirming that if COP28 succeeds in reaching agreements on climate change mitigation proposals, it will accelerate the fair transition away from fossil fuels.
Ozdemir believes that the talks at the conference hosted by the United Arab Emirates in the coming weeks will be the last opportunity for humanity to reach an international agreement to avert serious climate change.
Objectives and activities of climate conferences
Professor Ozdemir said that 7 experts from the global south conducted a comparative and detailed analysis of the objectives and activities implemented by the presidencies of the last 5 COP conferences. After comparing the proposals and actual actions of COP28 with the agendas and behavior of previous COP conferences, the experts found that the belief that this conference is fruitless “has no basis in reality.”
Ozdemir added that Sultan Al Jaber established and managed the “Masdar” renewable energy company owned by the UAE in 2006, and in January 2016, the UAE government took a “post-oil strategy” step to end reliance on fossil fuel production.
Political researcher Dharrar Balhoul said that the UAE is targeting a shift towards hydrogen production from fossil fuel sources as part of a comprehensive strategy focused on clean energy and global leadership in this field, which supports COP 28. The UAE is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70% and increasing the use of clean energy by 50% by 2050.
Balhoul added that the UAE is considered a global leader in renewable energy adoption despite its large oil reserves, and it continues to lead in adopting the best global practices in the energy sector along with the latest global technological developments, and global acclaim for the climate conference is a key characteristic that the country is accustomed to.