By virtue of Vision 2021, the UAE is striving to diversify its income resources to become a successful model of a green economy. In line with the nation’s vision, the UAE Cabinet approved the Green Agenda 2030 as a framework to guide actions that support the transition. The framework is based on 5 strategic objectives and is supported by 12 main programs. In addition, to ensure the achievement of SDG 12, the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) is in the process of integrating the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in a national plan to help streamline the concept in sectoral plans and strategies, sustainable business practices and consumer behaviour.
Policies and Initiatives
- The UAE Green Business Toolkit (2018) is a guideline published on the occasion of the World Environment Day to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in greening their value chains
- The National Waste Database System (2018) supports the collection of waste related data from all relevant authorities within the UAE to manage the data analysis and reporting at local and national levels
- His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced in 2017 the aim to become a zero food waste nation.
- More engagement is required from business in general to support the implementation of SCP, as strong business actions is required for its success.
- Collecting waste data from all relevant authorities across the UAE to manage reporting at local and national levels proved to be a challenge that is being addressed through a national Waste Database System recently launched in 2018.