Sustainability

    UAE invites Israeli leaders to Cop28

    The UAE has invited Israel to take part in the Cop28 climate summit at Expo City Dubai later this year. Mohamed Al Khaja, the UAE’s ambassador to Israel, delivered letters of invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog on behalf of President Sheikh Mohamed. The crucial environment conference will bring together […]

    Milestone as UAE plant uses 100,000 tonnes of waste to power 2,000 homes

    A groundbreaking UAE green energy scheme has generated enough power to supply 2,000 homes, using household rubbish and industrial waste, in its first year in operation. The Sharjah Waste to Energy plant, the first such project in the region, offset 150,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. It processed more than 100,000 tonnes of waste — equivalent to that produced […]

    Funding for UAE-US farm climate project beats $10bn target

    Funding for a UAE-US-led initiative to advance climate-friendly farming practices has grown to more than $13 billion, passing the $10 billion target set for Cop28, a US official said on Monday. The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate, or Aim for Climate, was launched in 2021 and had achieved commitments of $8 billion by last November. “Climate change […]

    Dr Sultan Al Jaber says climate goals risk being ‘held back by bureaucratic red tape’

    Dr Sultan Al Jaber, President-designate of the Cop28 summit, has called for developing nations to be given access to funding to ensure they are not priced out of pursuing climate goals. The Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and special envoy for climate change said some countries face being “held up in bureaucratic red tape” when seeking financial […]

    Ending deforestation could cost the world more than $130 billion a year, report says

    It could cost more than $130 billion a year to end deforestation by the end of this decade, a report by a group of financiers, energy industry executives and academics has found. The Energy Transitions Commission, which counts senior BP and BlackRock employees among its members, said the analysis was an estimate of the funds needed “to overcome the […]

    UAE ramps up efforts on path to net-zero emissions

    The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment hosted a special event to accelerate the country’s journey to net-zero emissions by 2050. The session, held as part of the country’s National Dialogue for Climate Ambition, highlighted the gaps in climate finance for decarbonisation of the economy and urged everyone — particularly in private-sector financial entities — to increase green […]

    Google survey: About half of company executives say economic headwinds slowing green push

    About half of global corporate executives say worsening economic headwinds are hampering progress on their sustainability initiatives, a Google Cloud survey has found, as companies are caught in the crosshairs of environmental pressures and a slowing global economy. Difficulties in accurately measuring environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts and the lack of corporate organisational structure with clear accountability are […]

    British researchers discover way to help plants survive in arid locations

    Researchers have discovered how a mechanism that controls root development in plants can enable them to cope better with environmental stress conditions. It is hoped the advance may help countries suffering from climate change issues and help plants to better access water. Plants growing in natural ecosystems live alongside a multitude of microorganisms, such as bacteria and […]

    Zayed Sustainability Prize adds new award for climate action ahead of Cop28

    The Zayed Sustainability Prize has launched a special category labelled Climate Action. The new category is aimed at recognising and promoting solutions that address climate change and protect the planet’s natural resources. Non-profit organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises can apply until May 23, 2023. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The launch […]

    Keadby 3 gas-fired power station could help UK be world leader in carbon capture storage

    In the UK’s race towards net-zero emissions, a gas-fired power station could hold the key to the nation becoming a world-leader in carbon capture storage technology. The Keadby 3 gas-fired power station in Lincolnshire, in the east of England, is on track to become the UK’s first plant equipped with CCS technology enabling it to […]