Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ capital, plans to host a United Nations conference on global warming in 2023, the Emirati ruler said Thursday.
The conference, known as COP28, is scheduled to take place in September 2022, according to Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who said it would be based in Dubai.
“We have the capacity of holding this important and legitimate conference in 2022, and the UAE’s office and embassies across the world are already working in coordination with U.N. headquarters to coordinate the preparation and holding of such a conference,” Sheik Mohammed said.
“The Emirati Conference of Parties (to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) [to be held in November in Poland] will be an important event and a great success,” he added.
In 2016, Australia agreed to pull out of the U.N. talks.
Sheik Mohammed’s announcement comes a month after Paris, the French capital, hosted a climate conference.
The Emirati ruler said his nation would cut 40 percent of its carbon emissions by 2030 and other emissions will be brought down 70 percent by 2050.
“This means that all [oil and gas] consumption will be replaced with sustainable alternatives and will mean that all sources of energy production, including natural gas, wind and solar, will be switched to renewables. And thereby, we will achieve a reduction of 90 percent of our carbon emissions,” he said.
Drones would be used to transport coal from mines to power plants, while solar panels would cover billboards, homes and cars.
The largest Arab economy would expand its power generation capacity by 12 gigawatts, focusing on renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
Currently, the United Arab Emirates produces about 6 percent of the world’s natural gas and 14 percent of its oil.
An overwhelming majority of scientists say climate change is in large part a result of greenhouse gases, primarily produced by human activity.