UAE Adoption of Clean Energy
The UAE has pioneered renewable energy in the heart of the hydrocarbon industry and has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This complements the UAE's second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted in December 2020, which made it the first country in the region to commit to an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The UAE updated its third NDC in July 2023 by increasing its emissions reduction target from 31 percent to 40 percent by the end of the decade.
The UAE is home to three of the largest and lowest-cost solar plants in the world and has integrated peaceful nuclear power into its energy grid. With the support of US partners, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant will save up to 21 million tons of carbon emissions each year once fully operational. Once all four reactors are operational, the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant will supply 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity.
The UAE is a reliable producer of low-carbon energy and will continue to meet global energy needs today while investing in new energy systems of tomorrow. Recognizing that the world will continue to rely on oil and gas for the midterm, the UAE is a leader in carbon capture, and is reducing the carbon intensity of its production operations. It operates the region’s first industrial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) facility, which captures 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide and will expand six-fold by 2030. In addition, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company now sources 100 percent of its grid electricity from zero-carbon nuclear and solar power.