"UAE Says Committed To Meet CO2 Emissions Targets After Criticism"

"BRUSSELS - The United Arab Emirates has said it is committed to delivering targets to cut the CO2 emissions causing climate change after an independent research group said the country, which will host this year's COP28 climate summit, is far off track.

In an analysis published last week, research consortium Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said the UAE would miss its climate targets by a large margin if it went ahead with plans to expand oil and gas production and use - and saw its CO2 emissions rise through to 2030, at odds with the sharp decrease needed to curb climate change.

"The UAE has recently updated its Nationally Determined Contributions and is fully committed to achieving its ambitious emission targets," the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said in a statement responding to the CAT analysis.

A Nationally Determined Contribution is the domestic target to cut CO2 emissions that each country sets under the Paris Agreement, as its contribution to curbing global warming."

Kate Abnett reports for Reuters July 24, 2023.

Source: Reuters, 07/25/2023