UN’s 2030 Agenda
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals are a set of 17 goals that aim to provide a better standard of living for all. The SDGs are based on the United Nations ’Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UAE is taking a few steps towards achieving the SDGs at home and abroad.
Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030
Sheikh Mohammed launched the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 In June 2016 to promote Dubai into a global platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovative businesses.
The Dubai Industrial Strategy is based on five key objectives that will serve as the basis for the future of Dubai’s industry. The strategy aims to increase output and increase the value of the manufacturing sector, improve the depth of knowledge and innovation, make Dubai a preferred production platform for global businesses, promote environmentally friendly production and save energy and make Dubai a manufacturing center for the global market for Islamic products.
The strategy also identified six key sub-sectors: aerospace, maritime, aluminum and fabricated metals, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, food and beverages and machinery and equipment. These sub-sectors were selected based on their importance to the Dubai Industrial Strategy and the Dubai Plan 2021, as well as their prospects for future growth, export capacity and the medium to long-term economic impact.
The Dubai Industrial Strategy has identified 75 plans to transform Dubai into a global platform for knowledge-based industry, innovation and sustainability. The plan is expected to help generate an additional AED 160 billion by 2030.
Dubai 3D Printing Sustainable Strategy
In April 2016, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed introduced Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. The program aims to exploit technology to help people and improve the status of the UAE and Dubai as the leading 3D printing technology by 2030.
There are three key areas and five pillars of strategy. The three most important areas are:
- medical products
- consumer products
The five pillars are:
- legislative structure
- market demand
Dubai’s main goal is to ensure that 25 percent of Dubai’s buildings are based on 3D printing technology by 2030.
Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy
The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aims to transform 25 percent of Dubai’s transport system into an to autonomous mode by 2030.
The strategy is expected to bring AED 22 billion in annual economic revenue to several sectors by reducing travel costs, carbon emissions and accidents, and increasing human productivity and saving millions of hours spent on conventional transportation.
The strategy will help reduce travel costs by 44 percent, resulting in savings of up to AED 900 million a year. It will also help save AED 1.5 billion a year by reducing pollution by 12 percent, and generating AED 18 billion annual economic returns by increasing the efficiency of the Dubai transport sector by 2030.
The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy also aims to reduce road accidents and losses by 12 percent, equivalent to AED 2 billion savings annually, and increase productivity by 13 percent. It will save 396 million hours on transportation every year. It will also reduce the space allocated to the parking.
Sulmi is upcoming autonomous mobility company to be a part of the Dubai smart city in future.
The strategy has four key pillars: people, technology, legal framework and infrastructure. The key areas identified for implementation of this strategy are Metro, buses and taxis.
Source: WAM news agency
Surface Transport Master Plan (Abu Dhabi)
The main objective of the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) is to deliver a world-class, sustainable transport system that supports Abu Dhabi’s economic, social, cultural and environmental goals.
The STMP’s environmental goal is: To bring the world’s best performance to the environment through sustainable resources, reducing pollution and preserving the unique environment of Abu Dhabi.
The STMP is designed to develop a world-class transportation system that meets the needs of residents, visitors, and businesses in an efficient, secure, attractive, reliable, and environmentally sustainable manner.
The STMP includes a full spectrum of low carbon and sustainability methods, including:
- A comprehensive public transport infrastructure powered by the world’s leading renewable energy technologies and alternative fuels.
- New programs such as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) that use the world’s abundant sunlight through solar energy.
- A commitment to reduce CO2 emissions in all aspects of transportation from design, construction, to operation.
- A commitment to promoting walking, cycling, and respect for the environment.
Abu Dhabi Transportation Mobility Management Strategy
By 2030, the Abu Dhabi Transportation Mobility Management Strategy (TMM) aims to:
- Encourage a change of attitude and behavior towards the greater use of sustainable modes of transport.
- Improve access to public transport for all individuals and organizations by strengthening the conditions for sustainable transport.
- To meet travel needs through efficient and integrated transport infrastructure that is efficient and integrated.
- Reduce traffic growth and congestion by achieving the transition from private car to efficient and sustainable transport.
- Create a multidisciplinary public transport network that will facilitate the interconnection and interoperability of related transport networks.
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030
Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 also known as Urban Structure framework Plan was prepared by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The program is designed to help the Abu Dhabi Government to filter and respond to current and future development needs, establish a culture of planning and present strong guidelines for new development.
It provides conceptual solutions to shape Abu Dhabi’s growth during the next quarter century. It will deal with major urban problems:
- Land use
- Open space
- Image of the capital city.
Environment Vision 2030 (Abu Dhabi)
Environment Vision 2030 of the Abu Dhabi emirate was developed to ensure integration between the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social vision. It aims to preserve and enhance Abu Dhabi’s natural heritage in the efficient use of resources and contribute to a better quality of life for all.
Environmental Vision 2030 identifies the following five key areas:
- Climate change – reducing the impact of climate change
- Air pollution and noise – which contributes to safe and healthy conditions
- Water resources – good management and conservation of water resources
- Biodiversity, habitat and cultural heritage – reserved for present and future generations
- Waste management – improved value building with improved asset flow and waste management.
Priority areas are further subdivided into priority areas, which are further subdivided into environmental impacts.
Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030
The Abu Dhabi government has announced a long-term plan for economic transformation of the emirate. The plan includes reducing reliance on the oil sector as a source of economic activity over time and with a greater focus on future knowledge-based industries. Entitled ‘Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030’, it identifies the following as the Government’s economic priorities:
- Creating an open, efficient, effective and integrated business environment globally
- Adopting a disciplined monetary policy that responds to economic cycles
- Establishing a strong financial and financial market environment with controlling inflation rates
- Driving significant improvements in the efficiency of the labor market
- To develop an adequate and sustainable infrastructure that can support the expected economic growth
- Developing highly skilled, highly productive workers
- Empowering financial markets to become key financiers for economic sectors and projects.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park For Sustainable Energy
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single park in the world, based on the IPP model. It will produce 5,000 MW by 2030. The first phase of the project went into operation in 2013 with a capacity of 13 MW. The second phase came into effect in April 2017 with a capacity of 200 MW. Phase III is operational by 2020 with a capacity of 1,000 MW, while phase four is operational from the last quarter of 2020 with a capacity of 5,000 MW. The project will feature the world’s longest solar tower, with a maximum length of 260 meters. The project is being launched under Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase Dubai’s energy efficiency share to 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.
Emirates Lunar Mission
Under Emirates Lunar Mission – 2024, the UAE aims to develop a lunar rover in the UAE and send it to the moon by 2024. The purpose of this program is to study various aspects such as the thermal properties of the lunar surface and the composition and components of the lunar soil. It involves performing a series of measurements and tests that will extend human understanding of the Moon-plasma, photoelectrons and dust particles found on the illuminated part of the lunar surface. This project aims to pave the way for discoveries that can contribute to the development of science and specialized technologies that are more accurate in the field of space.