Atmospheric CO2, one of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the major driver to climate change, is mainly created by fossil fuel combustion. Abu Dhabi’s CO2 emissions per capita are equivalent to 37.4 metric tonnes, one of the world’s highest rates (2010).
Potential impacts include:
- Damage to biodiversity
- Water scarcity
- Hypersaline coastal waters
- Sea-level rise
- Increased surface air temperature and heat waves
- Increased risk of dust storms
- Risk to health from vector-borne diseases
Entire communities could be severely jeopardised by rising sea levels. 85% of Abu Dhabi’s populace and over 90% of its infrastructure is immediately adjacent to the coast.
We are fully committed to playing our part to mitigate it by:
- Improving data collection and information on CO2 and other GHG emissions
- Working with relevant bodies to establish clear policies and regulations to manage emissions
- Developing adaptation strategies
- Raising awareness and driving behavioural change
How we will measure our success:
- Reduction in carbon emissions per capita
- GHG emissions limited within established targets
- Vulnerable coastal areas protected from sea-level rise
- Impacts of climate change on vulnerable species minimized
How you can play your part
Calculate your own carbon footprint: there are numerous online tools to help you do this. Then take positive action to reduce your energy and water consumption and waste production.
Buy local and seasonal products, especially foodstuffs, to reduce the emissions generated by long distance transportation.