COP28: UAE launches industrial decarbonisation roadmap
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COP28: UAE launches industrial decarbonisation roadmap

COP28: UAE launches industrial decarbonisation roadmap

The action plan set out in the roadmap will cut 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually

UAE launches industrial decarbonisation roadmap Image WAM

The UAE has launched the Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmap at COP28. The roadmap aims to reduce industrial carbon emissions by 2.9 gigatonnes cumulatively until 2050.

The roadmap is mainly focused on manufacturing and hard-to-abate sectors, including cement, iron, steel and aluminium, state news agency WAM reported.

The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology built the roadmap alongside strategic partners in the government and private sectors based on a national study of the industrial sector.

It was created in line with the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 by strategic initiative, as well as the UAE’s third update of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, said, “The roadmap focuses on the development and adoption of advanced technology to drive a phased carbon reduction of 93 per cent by 2050 across the national industrial sector. It includes a set of pathways around monitoring and addressing challenges as well as developing and adopting the latest technologies.

“It also focuses on promoting the competitiveness and development of the national industrial sector.”

Three-phase decarbonisation roadmap

The first aims to reduce emissions by 5 per cent by 2030, while the second targets a 63 per cent reduction by 2040. Through the scaling and decreasing cost of technologies, emissions reduction is expected to reach 93 per cent by 2050.

The ministry and its partners have examined and evaluated the feasibility of more than 50 advanced technologies and innovative solutions, such as clean electricity, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), manufacturing efficiency, alternative fuels, recycling, clinker substitutes and hydrogen.

Within the roadmap, there are separate decarbonisation timelines for different hard-to-abate sectors, such as iron, steel, aluminium, cement, and petrochemicals.

Various technologies are mapped against the different sectors, based on how much each solution could contribute to decarbonisation in that particular sector.

The roadmap indicates that CCUS, clean electricity and efficiency improvements alone could result in 70 per cent carbon reduction by 2050, with the remaining 23 per cent made up by other solutions.

The roadmap’s action plan aims to cut 90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Clean electricity alone could contribute to 41 per cent of the targeted reduction by 2050.

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