Written by Staff Writer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates expects to host the first-ever multi-member international climate conference, specifically intended to help transform the UAE into a carbon-neutral country by 2050, a local media outlet reported.
Dubai has submitted a proposal to host the so-called COP28, which will include all countries represented at the annual UN climate change conference known as COP22 that meets in Poland, the Dubai-based daily Gulf News reported.
At COP28, which is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2023, leaders from the world’s top polluters will analyze a roadmap for supporting new energy economy and for applying carbon taxes.
By reducing emissions, the Dubai summit is likely to attract attention from the wider world for a place to support global climate change efforts.
“This conference is a new step in the United Arab Emirates’ strategy to address climate change by cutting carbon emissions, improving our energy economy, improving the lives of our citizens, and creating sustainable global ecosystems,” according to a news release by the ministry of climate change and environment.
The country has already signed the Paris agreement, intended to prevent temperature rise from going above 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.
A number of countries, such as Saudi Arabia, have yet to sign on.
In September, however, the kingdom announced plans to prioritize sustainable energy sources in an effort to shrink its greenhouse gas emissions 80% over the next two decades.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter.