The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has launched the UAE Green House Gas (GHG) and air pollutant inventory Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) system initiative on the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies (September 7), with the theme “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet.”
The UAE aims to combat climate change and environmental threats with its new and advanced policies which forced MRV system’s launch. The clear and sustainable system covers key indicators related to GHC emissions and will offer critical data for the country to meet its reporting obligations under the Paris Agreement’s Enhanced Transparency Framework.
The project will allow the ministry to create a framework for a Comprehensive National Climate and Air Quality MRV System, which will involve federal and local government investors to provide detailed discussions on the MRV system’s institutional setup and data management methodologies.
The sustainable system will combine the whole data on a single platform resulting in honest outputs. Through the planning, preparation, and monitoring of inventory activities, the well-functioning, accurate, and dependable system will ensure quality. The main focus of the MRV system will be to keep the National Air Emissions Inventory an important tool for both the public and private sectors to track progress against GHG and to reduce air pollution.
At the launch event, organized in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Ms. Aisha Al Abdooli, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of the Green Development and Climate Change Sector at MoCCAE, stated that, “There are domestic imperatives to develop a robust MRV system, including the streamlining of efforts across GHG and air pollution, and the tracking of initiatives’ impact in terms of emission reductions, leading to healthy air that is key for a healthy planet.”
As a joint initiative towards sustainable development and reducing pollution and GHG, 195 countries inked the Paris Agreement which aims to reduce global warming to around 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The agreement further urges each country to communicate its climate actions and measures and also for any International assistance like the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
In December 2020, UAE presented in the second NDC. In the agreement, the country vowed to reduce its GHG emissions to 23.5 percent by 2030. UAE updates and monitors the emission regularly.
Improving air quality is the main focus of UAE’s vision 2030 and by implementing strategies to reduce environmental risks the country offers better living conditions for its people.
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