UAE Leads as Green Mobility Gains Traction in MENA

UAE Leads as Green Mobility Gains Traction in MENA

The UAE's strategy shows how countries can mix economic growth with protecting the environment by including sustainability in their transportation plans.

Earlier this year, a top logistics magazine highlighted "five exciting green mobility start-ups" in the Middle East. Interestingly, two of these were based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Wize, a sustainable logistics company, and Neo Mobility, focusing on electric vehicle logistics. This underscores the UAE's commitment to leveraging technology and innovation to foster sustainable initiatives.

With the electric vehicle (EV) market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region expected to surge from $2.7 billion in 2023 to $7.65 billion by 2028, there's significant potential for growth.

The rising interest in green mobility across the region presents an opportunity for the UAE, which has seen a steady increase in demand for electric vehicles.

At the heart of the UAE's efforts is its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, placing it among the world's leaders in climate action. The country aims to reduce energy consumption in transportation by 40 percent and cut carbon emissions by 10 million tonnes by 2050.

Embracing sustainable innovation, the UAE is nurturing an eco-friendly transportation environment. It provides various incentives for electric vehicle (EV) owners, making it an appealing market for EVs.

According to the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the number of EV owners registered under the Green Charger Initiative has surged from 14 in 2015 to 13,161 by October 2023.

At the core of this commitment is the goal to have electric vehicles account for at least 10 percent of all vehicles on UAE roads by 2030. This initiative is supported by projects like Abu Dhabi's Green Bus Program, which aims to transition the capital into a green zone with a public transport system powered by sustainable energy sources.

The UAE's leadership in green mobility is further demonstrated by hosting significant events such as the Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition 2024 in Dubai, and the Electric Vehicle Innovation Summit 2024 in Abu Dhabi. These events underscore the region's focus on sustainable urban mobility solutions and highlight the UAE's crucial role in driving innovation in the green mobility sector.

The UAE has also been a key host for important international forums and summits like the World Green Economy Summit and the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. These gatherings position the UAE as a central figure in the global conversation about green mobility. Through projects like Masdar City, the UAE invests significantly in research and development focused on sustainable urban living, contributing to progress worldwide in these fields.

Initiatives such as the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy and federal efforts to transition 20 percent of public sector vehicle fleets to electric vehicles outline a clear roadmap for moving towards a sustainable mobility system.

With over 380 EV Green Charging Stations already operational across Dubai – a number set to increase to 1,000 by 2025 – the UAE is making significant progress in accommodating a growing number of electric vehicles.

Partnerships with organizations like the Abu Dhabi Investment Office and GRIDSERVE sustainable energy platform aim to establish a cutting-edge network for powering the future of transportation, with the goal of transitioning half of the UAE’s road vehicles to electric power by 2050. Fuel and convenience retailer Adnoc Distribution has also announced plans to expedite the installation of EV charging points nationwide in 2024.

The UAE has earned the seventh position globally and the top spot in the Mena region on the Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, the country’s energy and infrastructure minister, emphasized last year that electric vehicles will play a central role in the shift to green mobility, as achieving net-zero emissions has become a collective and pressing priority.

The UAE's initiatives have a profound impact on the approach to green mobility in the Mena region, setting a benchmark for policy creation, infrastructure expansion, and the advancement of sustainable transportation solutions. While the UAE's actions propel it to the forefront of the global green mobility movement, continued investments in infrastructure, innovative policies, and international partnerships are essential for maintaining this leadership role.

The National Smart Mobility Vision of the UAE aims to establish the country as a worldwide leader in smart intermodal mobility by 2030. This ambitious vision is aligned with international sustainable development objectives and is pivotal to the nation's strategic trajectory. Moreover, it fosters collaboration among diverse stakeholders across the UAE, ensuring a cohesive approach to the country's pioneering mobility endeavors.

The UAE's strategy serves as a model for other nations seeking to incorporate sustainability into their transportation systems, showcasing a harmonious blend of economic development and environmental conservation. Positioned at the forefront of the movement towards a sustainable future, the UAE leads the way in steering global efforts towards greener mobility solutions.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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